Harry Souttar was dropped by Leicester City caretaker bosses as the Foxes’ relegation concerns worsened with a 1-0 Premier League home loss to Bournemouth on Saturday.
Souttar was left unused on the bench with interim boss Adam Sadler citing his recent international duty, despite playing in last week’s 2-1 home loss to Aston Villa after the Socceroos’ games with Ecuador in Australia.
“This was our third game in seven days and I felt the team needed some freshness in certain positions,” said Sadler.
“In Harry’s case, I know he’s had a busy schedule of late. He had the international break a few weeks ago and this would have been his third game in a week, so it was purely about giving some freshness to the team and hoping that would be what we needed to have an impact on the performance.”
On Sunday, Denis Genreau made a rare start and got the assist for Toulouse’s opening goal in a 2-1 away win over Montpellier in France’s Ligue 1.
Genreau started and played 69 minutes, laying off the 31st minute pass for Thijs Dallinga’s goal for 1-0.
The Australian initiated the move down the left flank, before sidefooting a pass centrally from Branco van den Boomen’s throughball for Dallinga to convert.
Mat Ryan put in a full shift and made two saves as AZ Alkmaar suffered a disappointing 1-0 home loss to Sparta Rotterdam in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday.
Cristian Volpato was unused as Roma won 1-0 at Torino, while Ajdin Hrustic was out injured as Hellas Verona beat Sassuolo 2-1 in Italy’s Serie A on Sunday.
Jackson Irvine and Connor Metcalfe played their part as fourth-placed St Pauli claimed a critical 1-0 win at third-placed Heidenheim in the German 2.Bundesliga promotion race.
St Pauli cut Heidenheim’s gap down to four points with the win, their 10th straight. Irvine put in a full shift, Metcalfe started and played 74 minutes.
Aziz Behich got an assist as Dundee United won 2-1 over Jimmy Jeggo‘s Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday. Behich, Mark Birighitti and Jeggo all played full games.
Aaron Mooy started and played 61 minutes as Celtic beat Rangers 3-2 on Saturday in a crucial win in the title race.
Mooy earned a 5/10 rating from Football.Scotland who wrote: “One of his poorer games in a Hoops jersey. His passing was wayward at times and he was slack in possession. Caught a few times waiting on the ball and his creativity was stifled. Took a clever yellow card when Gers were breaking in the second-half.”
Hearts slumped to a 2-0 home loss to St Mirren, with Kye Rowles and Ryan Strain playing full games, while Keanu Baccus started and was replaced in the 90th minute. Cammy Devlin started and played 76 minutes, while Garang Kuol was unused.
Rowles was rated 5/10 by Edinburgh Evening News, who wrote: “Australian centre-back was at fault for Main’s goal, failing to deal with a long ball forward and getting his body shape all wrong.”
Devlin got a 5/10: “Missed the Kilmarnock game due to concussion and was supposed to add some energy and urgency to the midfield. Lacked quality.”
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