The Week in Sport (14-20 Sep)

Time for another round-up of The Week in Sport on Balls and Brawls with action from the past week including defeats for three English sides in the Champions League and Japan’s huge shock at the Rugby World Cup.


In the Premier League, West Ham stunned Man City to inflict a first league defeat of the season on the leaders, while Man United moved to within two points of their rivals after a 3-2 win at Southampton. Read more about all the action from week six here.

Anthony Martial has scored three goals in two games for Man Utd image:

Anthony Martial has scored three goals in two games for Man Utd

In the Champions League, holders Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw by Roma, while PSV Eindhoven came from behind  to stun Man United. Read a full recap of all the action here.

In Europa League action, Tottenham secured a 3-1 win over Qarabag, while a young Liverpool side were held to a 1-1 draw in Bordeaux. More Europa League results here.

In La Liga, Lionel Messi was on te double as Barcelona continued their 100% start in the league, while Karim Benzema scored the only goal in Real Madrid’s win over Granada.

In bad news for Man United, defender Luke Shaw is set for a long spell on the sidelines after suffering a doubled leg fracture in Man United’s 2-1 defeat to PSV.


England’s World Cup campaign got off to a winning start with a late try from Billy Vunipola earning the hosts a bonus point after a comfortable 35-11 opening victory over Fiji.

Ireland also got off to a winning start as Canada proved no match for Joe Schmidt’s side who ran riot over the Canadians with seven tries helping them to a 50-7 bonus point win in Cardiff.

Japan pulled off an incredible 34-32 victory over South Africa in the biggest shock so far, while New Zealand had to work hard for their 26-16 win over a determined Argentina.

You can read more from all the action of the first round of fixtures from the World Cup, including wins for New Zealand and Wales, at this link.

Cian Healy scores one of Ireland's seven tires against Canada image:

Ireland scored a half-century in their demolition of Canada

In other rugby news, Wales international forward Jonathan Thomas has been forced to retire from rugby at the age of 32 due to head trauma injuries.

Formula 1

Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel claimed just his third victory of the season at the Singapore Grand Prix, as overall leader Lewis Hamilton suffered his retirement of the season.

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