Canadian Exports: Hutchinson, PSV retain Eredivisie edge
It’s becoming a two-horse race for the Dutch Eredivisie title and for the time being, Atiba Hutchinson and PSV Eindhoven are out in front.
Hutchinson played his customary full 90 minutes on Saturday as PSV beat Utrecht 2-1 to maintain their slight three-point lead over Ajax, who are continued to match PSV stride-for-stride with a weekend victory of their own.
Just over the border in Germany, it's been a rough month for Olivier Occéan and Eintracht Frankfurt. The Quebec native came on in the 60th minute for Frankfurt on Saturday in their 3-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund, leaving them with just a point from their last two games and three points clear in the race for Germany's fourth and final Champions League berth.
At the other end of the Bundesliga table are Marcel de Jong and Augsburg, who are fighting for their lives in Germany’s top flight. De Jong played the full 90 minutes on Saturday as Augsburg lost 2-1 to Bayer Leverkusen, their first loss in four games after three straight draws.
Augsburg are still second from bottom, but sit just a single point back of 16th place, which would at least ensure them a playoff to maintain their Bundesliga status.
Down in the 2.Bundesliga, two Canadians were on the losing ends of results for their respective clubs as Rob Friend played 90 minutes in 1860 Munich’s 1-0 loss to Bochum. Meanwhile, Julian de Guzman also played the entire game in Jahn Regensburg’s 1-0 loss to Eintracht Braunschweig.
Elsewhere, Kevin McKenna’s FC Köln pulled off a 1-0 result over St. Pauli. Köln are now in fourth place, six points back of the promotion places, while 1860 sit ninth and Regensburg sit 18th and last.
In Germany’s 3.Liga, defender Adam Straith played the whole game for Saarbrücken in their 2-0 loss Kickers Offenbach. Straith & Co. haven’t won in the league since November and are in 15th place, two points clear of the relegation spots.
In England, Marcus Haber was the lone Canadian to feature in the past week, playing 90 minutes for Stevenage on Tuesday as they lost 2-1 to Oldham and slipped to 15th place in the third-division League One after their third loss in a row.
Across the continent Turkey, goalkeeper Milan Borjan conceded just a single goal on Monday for Sivasspor, but his team couldn’t score any of their own and they lost 1-0 to Kasimpasa, leaving them in 10th place in the Süper Lig, though just five points out of the European qualification spots.
In Cyprus, Mike Klukowski’s APOEL won their fourth in five games on on Monday with a 2-0 win over Aiya Napa, with Klukowski going the full 90. The win, combined with Anorthosis’ loss means APOEL are now just three points back of first place in the league.
In Portugal’s second-division Liga de Honra, midfielder Pedro Pacheco‘s third goal of the season proved to be the winner as Santa Clara beat Portimonense 3-1, putting the men from the Azores in 10th place.