The Week in Sport (16-22 Nov)

Time for another round-up of The Week in Sport and among the highlights over the past seven days were Ireland booking their place at Euro 2016 and Barcelona smashed four past Real Madrid in El Clasico.

Football

Jon Walters’ brace fired Ireland to the European Championships for the third time as the Boys in Green secured a 2-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina to reach Euro 2016.

Ireland beat Bosnia 3-1 on aggregate to advance to Euro 2016 image: theguardian.com

Ireland beat Bosnia 3-1 on aggregate to advance to Euro 2016
image: theguardian.com

There was also joy for Sweden, whose 2-1 first leg win helped them past Denmark after a 2-2 draw in Copenhagen and Ukraine also qualified with a 3-1 aggregate win over Slovenia. A list of all 24 teams qualified can be found here.

In Premier League action, Jamie Vardy matched Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record as Leicester went top of the table with a 3-0 win over Newcastle after both Man City and Arsenal lost. More week 13 action here.

In La Liga, Barcelona outclassed rivals Real Madrid in El Clasico as Neymar, Andres Iniesta and a double from Luis Suarez saw them cruise to a 4-0 win at the Bernabeu.

There were also some international friendlies and among them were a 2-0 win for England over Euro 2016 hosts France, while Romania held Italy to a 2-2 draw.

Rugby

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw – who guided the All-Blacks to two Rugby World Cups has announced his retirement, while in some sad news, New Zealand legend Jonah Lomu died suddenly on Wednesday morning. He was 40.

Connacht remained top of their Champions Cup pool as Ben Marshall touched down in his first start for Connacht to secure a hard-fought 21-17 win over Brive.

Ulster’s Champions Cup campaign did not get off to the best of starts as they were outclassed by Saracens 27-9, while Leinster also fell to defeat after a late George Ford penalty handed Bath a narrow 19-16 victory.

Australian Eddie Jones has been appointed the new head coach of England following Stuart Lancaster’s departure last week.

Novak Djokovic claimed his 11th title despite a loss earlier in the week image: abcnewsradioonline.com

Novak Djokovic claimed his 11th title despite a loss earlier in the week
image: abcnewsradioonline.com

Tennis

Novak Djokovic won his 11th title of the year after the world number one once again defeated Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 becoming the first man to win the ATP World Tour title four times in a row.

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