The Week in Sport (30 May – 5 Jun)

Monday’s on Balls and Brawls can only mean one thing, it’s time for another round-up of The Week in Sport. This week’s action saw nations put in their final preparations for Euro 2016, while Novak Djokovic bagged a first French Open title.

Football.

In international friendly action, Belarus stunned Ireland 2-1, England unconvincingly beat 10-man Portugal 1-0 and reigning champions of Europe Spain thrashed South Korea 6-1.

Chris Smalling scored a late winner for England against Portugal image: skysports.com

Chris Smalling scored a late winner for England against Portugal
image: skysports.com

Northern Ireland extended their unbeaten run to 12 with a 0-0 draw with Slovakia, Wales fell to a heavy 3-0 defeat by Sweden, while Euro 2016 hosts France thrashed Scotland 3-0.

In transfer news, Man City have completed the £20m signing of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, while Dani Alves leaves Barcelona after eight years for Serie A champions Juventus.

Arsenal are in talks to sign Leicester striker Jamie Vardy after meeting the release clause of around £20m for the England international, while Man United are set to finalise a deal to take Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Old Trafford on a free transfer.

Aston Villa begin to prepare life in the Championship with the announcement of Roberto Di Matteo as the club’s new manager, while Gary Monk and Owen Coyle are also back in management at Leeds and Blackburn respectively.

In other news, Man United striker Marcus Rashford has signed a new four-year contact worth £20,000 a week with the Red Devils.

Tennis

Novak Djokovic finally clinched his career grand slam as the world number one came from behind to beat second seed Andy Murray to win his first French Open title.

Garbine Muguruza won her first grand slam title as the Spaniard stunned 21-time grand slam champion Serena Williams 7-5 6-4 to win the French Open final.

Novak Djokovic now holds all four major grand slam titles image: bbc.com

Novak Djokovic finally won the French Open after three previous defeats in the final
image: bbc.com

Earlier in the week, Murray knocked out defending champion Stan Wawrinka to reach his first French Open final, while top seed Djokovic easily dispatched the likes of Thomas Berdych and Dominic Thiem.

Follow a day-by-bay recap of the French Open here.

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