The Week in Sport (14-20 Nov)

It is time for another recap of the The Week in Sport with highlights from the past seven days including New Zealand gaining revenge on Ireland with victory in Dublin and Andy Murray triumphed at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Football

Olivier Giroud scored a late header as Arsenal rescued a 1-1 draw at Man United, while Yaya Toure returned to the Man City team with a brace in their 2-1 win at Crystal Palace. More week 12 results here.

Yaya Toure scored a brace for Man City on his first apprearence of the season image: manchesterveningnews.co.uk

Yaya Toure scored a brace for Man City on his first appearance of the season
image: manchesterveningnews.co.uk

Real Madrid went four points clear at the top of La Liga as Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick helped Zinedine Zidane’s side thrash rivals Atletico 3-0 while Barcelona failed to break down nine-man Malaga, who held Luis Enrique’s side to a scoreless draw.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal to give Borussia Dortmund their first home win over Bayern Munich since 2012, while Leipzig’s incredible start to the season continued as they went top of the Bundesliga after a thrilling 3-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen.

There was also a big derby in Serie A as Ivan Perisic rescued a late draw for Inter Milan in a 2-2 draw with rivals AC Milan, while Juventus are now seven points clear at the summit with a 3-0 win over Pescara after second placed Roma lost 2-1 at Atalanta.

In friendly action, England were denied victory over Spain as Iago Aspas and Isco scored two late goals to earn a 2-2 draw at Wembley, while Northern Ireland’s unbeaten home record came to an end with a 3-0 defeat by Croatia.

Frank Lampard has confirmed he will leave New York City FC when his contract expires, while Robbie Keane Steven Gerrard will both exit LA Galaxy with Liverpool legend Gerrard sensationally being linked with the vacant MK Dons manager’s vacancy.

Rugby

There was to be no double joy for Ireland as New Zealand brought Joe Schmidt’s side back down to earth with a try Beauden Barrett and Malakai Fekitoa’s brace securing a 21-9 win for the All Blacks in Dublin.

Italy recorded their first ever win over South Africa as a Carlo Canna penalty saw them edge out the Springboks 20-18., while England scored nine tries in a 58-15 thrashing of Fiji to extend their winning run to 12 games.

Sam Davies 80th minute drop goal save Wales blushes as they edged out an impressive Japan 33-30 in Cardiff, while Scotland also left it late to secure a narrow 19-16 win over Argentina thanks to skipper Greig Laidlaw stoppage-time penalty.

France missed an injury time drop goal as a Bernard Foley inspired Australia to a close fought 25-23 win over Les Bleus to make it three wins from three in the Autumn Internationals.

Malakai Fekitoa ensured victory for New Zealand with his second try image: theguardian.com

Malakai Fekitoa ensured victory for New Zealand with his second try
image: theguardian.com

Australia won the Four Nations trophy as the Wallabies thrashed rivals New Zealand 34-8 at Anfield to end the tournament unbeaten.

The IRFU unveiled their plan of action in their big to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup as they begin to battle it out between South Africa and France to host the event in seven years time.

Boxing

Great Britain’s George Groves successfully defended his WBA International super-middleweight title with a unanimous points win over German Eduard Gutknecht, who was taken to hospital after the fight in London.

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