The Week in Sport (28 Dec-3 Jan)

It is the first The Week in Sport recap of 2016 and highlights from the past seven days include Man United picking up their first win in nine games, along with all the latest from the Pro12.

Football

Earlier in the week, Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League after a 2-0 win over Bournemouth, while Man United went eight games without a win after a scoreless draw with Chelsea. More week 19 results here.

Wayne Rooney's clever backheel helped Man United to their first win in nine games image: 90min.com

Wayne Rooney’s clever backheel helped Man United to their first win in nine games
image: 90min.com

Then at the weekend Man United finally ended their winless streak with a 2-1 win over Swansea, while Man City left it late to come back from a goal down to win 2-1 at Watford. More week 20 results here.

In La Liga action, Lionel Messi marked his 500th appearance with a goal in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Real Betis, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and missed a penalty in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Real Sociedad.

Atletico Madrid then went top of La Liga after the weekend fixtures as they took advantage of Barcelona’s 0-0 draw with Espanyol to leapfrog Luis Enrique’s side after a 1-0 win over Levante.

The January transfer window is now officially opened and Bournemouth have taken in Roma winger Juan Iturbe on loan, while Matt Jarvis made his Norwich loan permanent from West Ham.

Horse Racing

Don Poli’s ended Willie Mullins wait for a victory in the Lexus Chase as he held off First Lieutenant by half a length to taste victory, while Nichols Canyon made it double for Mullins as he took victory in the Ryanair hurdle at Leopardstown.

UFC

Ireland's Joesph Duffy suffered his first UFC defeat image: rte.ie

Ireland’s Joesph Duffy suffered his first UFC defeat
image: rte.ie

Robbie Lawler retained his Welterweight Championship with a split decision victory over Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC 195. More results from the event can be found here.

Donegal man Joseph Duffy suffered his first defeat at the event as Dustin Poirier was declared the unanimous winner in their lightweight clash in Las Vegas.

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