Brits Abroad: Tierney falters as Captain Fantastic Ferguson inspires in-form Bologna


Bologna maintained their impressive push for a Champions League finish with a win at Atalanta, with Lewis Ferguson earning the plaudits. Elsewhere, Harry Kane and Eric Dier were unable to inspire Bayern Munich, who are now 10 points off the pace at the top of the Bundesliga table. AC Milan edged out Lazio in a heated affair at the Olimpico while Jonjo Shelvey inspired Rizespor to victory upon his return to action.


Here, Brits Abroad take a look at how the British players across the continent fared this weekend.


Lewis Ferguson - Bologna 


Bologna made it six wins on the spin as they beat fellow top-four hopefuls Atalanta at the Gewiss Stadium on Sunday evening. Captain Lewis Ferguson led by example as he put in a player of the match performance, returning a WhoScored rating of 7.82. The Scot scored a superb winning goal for Thiago Motta's side from one of three shots and made two key passes in a sound display. 


Josh Doig - Sassuolo 


Sassuolo fell to a sixth successive away defeat with Josh Doig struggling in the 1-0 loss at Verona. Doig was wasteful in possession, returning a pass success rate of just 56.3%, while he was also dispossessed once and made one unsuccessful touch resulting in a turnover of possession. 


Ruben Loftus-Cheek - AC Milan 


The main talking point from AC Milan's 1-0 win at Lazio on Friday night was how the Rome side ended the match with eight players. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, though, kept a calm head as he made three tackles and completed two dribbles at the Olimpico to return a WhoScored rating of 7.03. 


Chris Smalling - Roma 


Chris Smalling made just his sixth league appearance of the season as Roma eased to a 4-1 win over Monza on Saturday. The 34-year-old came off the bench and returned a 100% pass success rate, made one clearance and won one aerial duel. 


Harry Kane - Bayern Munich 


Bayern Munich lost further ground in the Bundesliga title race as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Freiburg on Friday night. Harry Kane returned a WhoScored rating of 6.32 in that stalemate, his third lowest in a league outing this season, as he mustered six shots and was dispossessed three times. 


Eric Dier - Bayern Munich 


Eric Dier also featured in the above draw at Freiburg and earned a WhoScored rating of 6.86 for his efforts. Dier returned a pass success rate of 91.9% from his 86 attempted passes and made five clearances in Friday's draw. 


Jadon Sancho - Borussia Dortmund 


Once again, Jadon Sancho failed to have an impact in a Borussia Dortmund match as Edin Terzic's side earned a 2-0 win at Union Berlin. Sancho mustered just one shot and one key pass, and completed one dribble, as he came away from the victory with a WhoScored rating of just 6.67. 


Jamie Bynoe-Gittens - Borussia Dortmund 


Jamie Bynoe-Gittens came on with 12 minutes to go in Borussia Dortmund's win at Union Berlin but the teenage winger failed to make an impact in the capital. 


Jude Bellingham - Real Madrid 


Jude Bellingham thought he'd won it for Real Madrid late on only for his injury time effort at Valencia to be ruled off as referee Jesus Gil Manzano contentiously blew up for full time with Brahim Diaz's cross in the air. Bellingham struggled in the 2-2 draw with Valencia with his late red card resulting in a WhoScored rating of just 5.54. 


Kieran Tierney - Real Sociedad 


On his first league start since January, Kieran Tierney was unable to help Real Sociedad to victory as they crashed to a 3-2 loss at Sevilla. The 26-year-old did all he could for La Real as he made three tackles and two key passes but the La Liga side geared up for their must-win welcome of PSG with a disappointing defeat. 


Angel Gomes - Lille 


Lille bounced back from their 3-1 loss at Toulouse last weekend with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Reims. Angel Gomes put in a pretty forgettable shift in the narrow victory, firing off three shots before his late withdrawal.  


Ainsley Maitland-Niles - Lyon 


Lyon endured a night to forget as they crashed to a 3-0 home loss to Lens on Sunday. Ainsley Maitland-Niles returned a WhoScored rating of just 5.38 as the former Arsenal man received his marching orders late on. 


Marcus Edwards - Sporting CP 


After a sub-par cameo performance last week, Marcus Edwards sought to make amends against Farense. While the winger was unable to contribute towards a goal it wasn't for want of trying as he managed two shots, completed two dribbles and made one key pass. 


Jordan Henderson - Ajax 


At the fifth time of asking, Ajax won a match that Jordan Henderson started as they beat FC Utrecht 2-0. The experienced midfielder played the full 90 in the victory, and managed three tackles, two key passes and two dribbles to help land a WhoScored rating of 7.41. 


Chuba Akpom - Ajax 


Chuba Akpom was a 90th minute introduction in Ajax's win over FC Utrecht and had no time to leave an lasting impression. 


Brits Abroad: Tierney falters as Captain Fantastic Ferguson inspires in-form Bologna


Jonjo Shelvey - Rizespor 


Having been suspended for the 3-0 loss at Samsunspor last week, Jonjo Shelvey returned to action with a player of the match performance as Rizespor beat Kayserispor 3-0 on home turf. Shelvey netted the opening goal on the hour mark, rifling an unstoppable free-kick past Bilal Bayazit, while two tackles, two interceptions and two clearances helped the 32-year-old to a WhoScored rating of 8.41. 


Ryan Gauld - Vancouver Whitecaps 


Ryan Gauld was unable to help the Vancouver Whitecaps to victory against Charlotte FC over the weekend, though it wasn't for want of trying. Indeed, the 28-year-old managed two shots and two key passes, and made three tackles, on his way to a WhoScored rating of 6.91. 


Matt Crooks - Real Salt Lake 


Real Salt Lake downed LAFC 3-0 over the weekend with former Middlesbrough man Matt Crooks impressing on his first MLS start. Crooks won all four aerial duels he contested and made two tackles and two clearances as the towering midfielder impressed.

Brits Abroad: Tierney falters as Captain Fantastic Ferguson inspires in-form Bologna