Weekly roundup

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Victories for Anthony Joshua, claiming the IBF world heavyweight championship, and Danny Willett at the Masters, being the first Englishman to win the title in 20 years, capped off an excellent week of sport. Here is your weekly roundup.

 

Tuesday saw the return of the Champions League as Barcelona came from behind to beat 10-man Atletico 2-1. Fernando Torres gave them the lead before getting himself sent off for two bookable offences. Luis Suarez then scored a brace to give Barca a slender advantage.

 

An Arturo Vidal header inside the opening two minutes was enough to see Bayern Munich beat Benfica 1-0 at the Allianz Arena in a game which saw soon to be Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola take charge of his 150th game as Bayern Munich manager.

 

On Wednesday Manchester City took on PSG in France in City’s first ever Champions League quarter-final. Joe Hart saved a Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty as City claimed an impressive 2-2 draw at the Parc des Prince. Ibrahimovic would later get on the score sheet but not before Kevin De Bryune had opened the scoring for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Adrien Rabiot gave the French champions the lead before Fernandinho struck in the 72nd minute to put Man City in a strong position to qualify.

 

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during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes on April 6, 2016 in Paris, France.

Elsewhere the shock of the round came when Wolfsburg defeated Real Madrid 2-0 in Germany. Two goals in the first half from Ricardo Rodriguez and Maxi Arnold were enough to take down Cristiano Ronaldo and company who came into the game fresh off the back of their El Clasico victory at the Nou Camp.

 

Catalans Dragons fired an emphatic warning to the rest of Super League on Thursday as they dominated Hull KR from the first whistle and cruised to a 40-0 win at the KC Lightstream Stadium. Catalans ran in seven tries with five different scorers, Jodie Broughton getting a brace.

 

In darts Phil Taylor became the man to beat as he collected four points to move three points clear at the top of the Betway Premier League. The Power played twice on the night first dismantling an out-of-sorts Gary Anderson 7-3 before resisting a late James Wade charge to beat ‘The Machine’ 7-4. Earlier in the night Wade was in focused form as he defeated Raymond van Barneveld 7-4. Robert Thornton made Michael van Gerwen sweat as he valiantly fought back from 5-1 down to go within one leg of snatching a point. Ultimately the ‘Green Machine’ kept his nerve to run out a 7-5 winner, his first victory in three weeks.

 

Hull FC added to the Huddersfield Giants’ misery on Friday as they defeated the Giants 37-20 at the KC Stadium. The game was finely poised at half time with Hull holding just a two point lead over Paul Anderson’s men, 18-16, before a second half flurry saw off Huddersfield – who are still at the foot of the Super League table.

 

Elsewhere St. Helens beat the Warrington Wolves, 22-25, in one of the games of the season at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Saints had to resist a barnstorming comeback from the Wolves as they lead by 11 with just eight minutes left. However Warrington fought to the death with two tries in the last six minutes left Saints clinging on for victory.

 

Saturday saw Anthony Joshua crowned the IBF heavyweight champion as he stopped American ‘Prince Charles’ Martin in the second round. Joshua floored the champion twice in the second as he caught Martin with a thunderous right hand. Joshua came down to the ring in white robes paying tribute to his hero Muhammad Ali and now looks set for a date with Tyson Fury as their rivalry heats up.

 

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xxxx during the xxxx at The O2 Arena on April 9, 2016 in London, England.

Saturday also saw Andy Carroll fire a hat-trick as West Ham came from 2-0 down to draw 3-3 with Arsenal. The Gunner’s faint title hopes were completely extinguished as they relied on a Laurent Koscienly header to rescue a point.

 

Newcastle’s survival hopes now hang by a thread as they lost 3-1 to Southampton. Crystal Palace finally halted their rotten run of form with a hard fought 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Norwich City.

 

Bournemouth all but officially relegated Aston Villa as they beat the Villains 2-1 at Villa Park. Elsewhere Swansea beat Chelsea 1-0 as Gylfi Sigurdsson’s goal ended Guus Hiddink’s 15-game unbeaten run. Manchester City came from behind to defeat West Brom 2-1 in the evening kick off with Samir Nasri scoring the winner just after the hour mark. Meanwhile Watford and Everton shared the points in a 1-1 draw.

 

The weekend was capped off with Danny Willett becoming the first Englishman to win the Masters in 20 years. Willett capitalised on favourite Jordan Spieth’s meltdown on the 12th to claim his maiden major title at Augusta.

 

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during the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia.

Sunday saw Leicester City move closer to an incredible title triumph as they downed Sunderland 2-0. Jamie Vardy scored a brace to end his seven match goal drought as The Foxes briefly moved 10 points clear.

 

Tottenham Hotspur then closed the gap back down to seven points as three goals in six minutes saw them complete a comfortable 3-0 victory over Manchester United and dent their top four hopes. Goals from Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela kept Spurs just in the title race.

 

Liverpool thrashed Stoke City 4-1 at Anfield to leapfrog their opponent into eighth place. Super sub Divock Origi scored twice after Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge goals sandwiched a Bojan strike for the visitors.

 

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Weekly sports round up

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during the International Friendly match between England and Netherlands at Wembley Stadium on March 29, 2016 in London, England.

A thoroughly entertaining seven days of spectacular sport has come and gone and here is the your weekly roundup.

 

Easter Monday saw a wonderful day of rugby league action but misery continued for the Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants as they lost to Wakefield Wildcats and Salford Red Devils respectively.

 

After an enthralling come-from-behind 3-2 victory over world champions Germany, England crashed back down to earth on Tuesday with a disappointing 2-1 home defeat against the Netherlands. Jamie Vardy opened up the scoring before Vincent Janssen converted a penalty conceded by Danny Rose. Luciano Narsingh turned home the winner just 13 minutes from time to stall Roy Hodgson’s progress after a promising result in Germany.

 

Thursday saw tungsten tension and darting drama as Judgment Night took place in the Premier League of Darts in Cardiff. Robert Thornton capped off his recent great escape act by surviving without even throwing a dart as Michael Smith crashed out as he lost 7-5 against Phil Taylor. Dave Chisnall was soon to follow as he endured a frustrating night of bounce outs from the treble 20 on five separate occasions and eventually went down 7-5 to Peter ‘Snake Bite’ Wright.

 

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James Wade and reigning champions Gary Anderson played out a 6-6 thriller with Wade going 4-1 up before The Flying Scotsman staged a fantastic fight back and even had a match dart to steal both points before Wade grabbed a deserved draw. Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld also contested a Dutch derby to remember as they shared the points. Van Gerwen had to stage a comeback of his own from 4-1 down to nick a point.

 

Friday saw the rugby league action continue and Hull FC snatched a win over St. Helens in dramatic fashion as Marc Sneyd kicked a late drop goal to down the Saints 17-16. Elsewhere Warrington Wolves pulled two points clear of Wigan Warriors as they won the top of the table clash 28-16 at the DW Stadium. For Leeds Rhinos the misery continued as they were humbled 30-10 by Hull KR at Headingly.

 

Saturday saw goals galore as Arsenal kept their slim title hopes flickering as they thrashed Watford 4-0 to extract revenge for their F.A. Cup defeat at the hands of Quique Sanchez Flores’ side just a couple of weeks earlier. Norwich beat Newcastle 3-2 in a thrilling encounter at Carrow Road to throw Rafa Benitez’s side into even more hot water at the foot of the table.

 

The evening kick off saw Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur play out a thrilling 1-1 draw – Harry Kane cancelled out Philippe Countinho’s opener to earn Spurs a share of the spoils but saw them open the door to Leicester City in the title race.

 

Elsewhere in Saturday’s action there were wins for Chelsea and Manchester City while Stoke City and Swansea City gained a point each in a 2-2 draw as did West Ham United and Crystal Palace while Sunderland and West Brom played out a goalless draw.

 

Sunday rounded off the weeks sporting action in fine style as Leicester captain Wes Morgan scored the only goal of the game as they beat Southampton 1-0 to move one step closer to the title.

 

Manchester United honored Sir Bobby Charlton in their home game against Everton which saw Anthony Martial score his 13th goal of the season to down Roberto Martinez’s men 1-0 and make history as the young Frenchman scored United’s 1,000th home Premier League goal.

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The night rounded off with WrestleMania 32. Roman Reigns defeated Triple H in the main event to reclaim the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The Undertaker and Shane McMahon entertained 100,000 strong at the AT&T Stadium in a Hell in a Cell match which saw Shane O’Mac leap off the top of the cell through the announce table – a drop of more than 20 feet.

 

In a night of shocks and surprises the Dallas crowd were also treated to a return of Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley and Stone Cold Steve Austin as they interrupted New Day after they lost to League of Nations before Stone Cold put the exclamation point on proceedings with a Stunner. The night of surprises continued as The Rock and John Cena dispatched of the Wyatt Family which saw the return of Cena. Other matches saw Brock Lesnar defeat Dean Ambrose in a No Holds Barred match while Chris Jericho beat AJ Styles. NXT star Baron Corbin won the Andre the Giant battle royal which saw a surprise entrant in former NBA all-star Shaquille O’Neal. Zack Ryder won the opening match of the night – a six man ladder match for the Intercontinental title. While the new Women’s Championship was christened with a thrilling triple threat contest which saw Charlotte come out on top.