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.
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.
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.
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.