In the English Championship, Chuba Akpom, scored his 14th Championship goal (15th goal of the season) to help Middlesbrough return to winning ways.
Michael Carrick’s side breezed past their fellow promotion-chasers Hornets 2-0 to move into third. That made it nine wins from 13 league games for Boro since Carrick took the job in October.
In the Serie A, David Okereke’s fourth goal of the season was not enough for Cremonese who suffered a 2-1 loss at home to Inter Milan on Saturday. The Nigerian striker cut inside Hakan Calhanoglu and curled a simply outstanding strike in off the woodwork after 11 minutes but a brace from the prolific Lautaro Martínez earned the Nerrazurri a 2-1 win against Serie A’s bottom side and handed Davide Ballardini his first defeat since taking over at US Cremonese.
His compatriot, Cyriel Dessers came on for Daniel Ciofani at the hour mark in the defeat.
Tyronne Ebuehi, made his seventh Serie A start of the season for Empoli who drew 2-2 with Torino on Saturday. The game was also his 30th league game of the season for the Nigerian who has scored once this term. The game also saw Ola Aina make a cameo appearance in the encounter as he replaced Mergim Vojvoda for the last five minutes of the draw. The game was his 11th of the season and his first since October 23, 2022.
Joe Aribo started for Southampton who survived a fightback to beat Championship strugglers Blackpool 2-1 to reach the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday.
Aribo who last featured for the Saints in their last FA Cup game away at Crystal Palace on January 7 played the entire duration of the encounter in the number 10 role.
Saints, who are through to the fifth round for the third time in four seasons, will discover their opponents when the draw is made on Monday.
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