The Week in Sport (29 Aug – 4 Sep)

It is time for another round-up of The Week in Sport, which saw Connacht get their Pro12 campaign off to a nightmare start, while new England boss Sam Allardyce started off with victory in Slovakia.

Football

Sam Allardyce got off to a winning start as England manager with Adam Lallana scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over Slovakia in their World Cup qualifier opener.

England got thier qualifying campaign off to an unconvincing win in Slovakia image: theguardian.com

England got their qualifying campaign off to an unconvincing win in Slovakia
image: theguardian.com

Scotland also got their qualifying campaign off to a winning start with a 5-1 thrashing of Malta, while Northern Ireland took a point from the Czech Republic in a scoreless draw.

It was transfer deadline day this week and the biggest deals of the day saw Chelsea re-sign David Luiz from PSG, while Tottenham snapped up £30m Newcastle winger Moussa Sissoko. More deals from deadline day here.

In other transfer business, Arsenal splashed out a combined £52m to land Valencia defender Shkordran Mustafi and Deportivo striker Lucas Perez, while Barcelona splashed out €30m to sign Valencia striker Paco Alcacer.

Robbie Keane bid an emotional farewell as he added a 68th goal to his Ireland career in a 4-0 win over Oman, while Bastian Schweinsteiger also hung up his boots for Germany, in a 2-0 win over Finland.

Wayne Rooney has announced that he will retire from England duty after the 2018 World Cup, while Sergio Aguero will miss the Manchester derby after being hit with a three-match ban for an elbow on West Ham’s Winston Reid.

Tennis

Rafael Nadal was the biggest casualty of the opening week at the US Open as France’s Lucas Pouille stunned the Spaniard in the last 16, while defending champion Novak Djokovic is safely through to the quarter-finals and Andy Murray cruised into the fourth round.

Serena Williams made history by winning the most grand slam matches of any woman in history as she comfortably eased into round four alongside sister Venus, but French Open champion Garbine Muguruza suffered a second round exit.

You can follow a day-by-day recap of all the results at the US Open here.

Rafa Nadal did not drop a set at the US Open until defeat to Lucas Pouille image: indianexpress.com

Rafa Nadal did not drop a set at the US Open until defeat to Lucas Pouille
image: indianexpress.com

Golf

Alex Noren claimed his second European tour title of the season as the Swede defeated Australia’s Scott Hend in a play-off after both men finished on 17 under par to claim a second Omega European Masters title in Switzerland.

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