It is time for another recap of The Week in Sport with this week’s highlights including a historic victory for Conor McGregor at UFC 205, while the Irish football team were also making history with a first win over Austria in 53 years.
Ireland continued their unbeaten start to the World Cup qualifying campaign as James McClean scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Austria, while group D rivals Wales drew 1-1 with Serbia.
Goals from Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill saw England thrash Scotland 3-0, while Northern Ireland moved up to second in group C after a 4-0 demolition of Azerbaijan.
In other World Cup qualifiers, France came from behind to beat Sweden 2-1, group G rivals Spain and Italy both earned 4-0 wins over Macedonia and Lichtenstein respectively,while ex-Arsenal man Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick in Germany’s 8-0 thrashing of San Marino.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as European champions Portugal beat Latvia 4-1, Roberto Martinez’s Belgium thrashed Estonia 8-1 and Memphis Depay bagged a brace in Netherlands 3-1 win over Luxembourg.
Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a new five-year deal with Real Madrid which will extend his stay with the Spanish giants until at least 2021, while Inter Milan have appointed former Lazio gaffer Stefano Pioli as their new manager after sacking Frank de Boer last week.
Superbowl champions Denver Broncos left it late to snatch a 25-23 win over New Orleans Saints as Will Parks ran 84 yards for a defensive two-point conversion – the first time an NFL game has been won in such fashion.
There was also late drama in Charlotte as Kansas City Chiefs came from behind to beat Carolina Panthers 20-17, while Jimmy Graham and Russell Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to a 31-25 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Minnesota Vikings suffered a fourth straight defeat after a 26-20 loss to Washington Redskins, while Green Bay Packers suffered a heavy 47-25 defeat to Tennessee Titans. More results here.
Conor McGregor made history at UFC 205 as the Dubliner scored a second round knockout victory over Eddie Alvarez to become UFC’s first dual champion as he added the Lightweight title to his Welterweight gold at Madison Square Garden. More UFC 205 results here.