The Week in Sport (12-18 Dec)

It is time for another edition of The Week in Sport, with this week’s highlights including Leinster running rampant on Northampton in the European Champions Cup and it was a bad week for Arsenal.

Football

Man City came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 to move up to second in the Premier League behind leaders Chelsea, who made it 11 wins in a row with a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace. More week 17 results here.

Man City came from behind to inflict a second straight defeat on Arsenal image: redlondon.com

Man City came from behind to inflict a second straight defeat on Arsenal
image: redlondon.com

Midweek Premier League action saw Everton come from behind to end Arsenal’s unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory over the Gunners, while Cesc Fabregas gave Chelsea a tenth straight win with a 1-0 victory at Sunderland. More week 16 results here.

Arsenal have once again been handed a Champions League last 16 tie with German giants Bayern Munich, Leicester have been handed a date with Sevilla and Man City are set to take on Monaco. Full draw here.

Man United have been drawn against French side St Etienne in the last 32 of the Europa League, while Tottenham will meet Belgian side Gent. Full UEL draw here.

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo beat rival Lionel Messi to win a fourth Ballon d’Or award and then helped Real Madrid secure the Club World Championship scoring a hat-trick in their 4-2 win over Kashima Antlers after extra time in the final.

With Real Madrid out on World Cup duty, Barcelona moved to within three points of the La Liga leaders as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez inspired the Catalans to a 4-1 derby win over Espanyol.

Radja Nainggolan scored the only goal as Roma maintained second place in Serie A with a 1-0 win over AC Milan, but lost ground to leaders Juventus on Saturday night as Gonzalo Higuain scored the only goal in Juventus 1-0 win over Roma.

Leipzig bounced back from their first defeat of the season with a 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin, but Bayern remain top of the pile after Douglas Costa gave them a 1-0 win at Darmstadt.  Elsewhere, ten-man Borussia Dortmund rescued a 2-2 draw at unbeaten Hoffenheim.

In other news, Barcelona’s Luiz Suarez has signed a new five-year deal at the Nou Camp with includes a €200m buyout clause, while Gianfranco Zola is back in British football after he was appointed Birmingham boss after Gary Rowett’s controversial sacking.

American Football

Tom Brady’s touchdown pass to Chris Hogan in the fourth quarter helped New England Patriots hold off a Baltimore Ravens fight back to emerge 30-23 winners in Foxborough.

Tom Brady inspired New England Patriots to victory over Baltimore Ravens image: rte.ie

Tom Brady inspired New England Patriots to victory over Baltimore Ravens
image: rte.ie

Seattle Seahawks clinched the NFC West title for the third time in four years with a 24-3 win against Los Angeles Rams, while Miami Dolphins stayed in the hunt for the play offs with a 24-13 win over New York Jets.

New York Giants kept their divisional title hopes alive with a 17-6 win over NFC North leaders Detroit Lions, while Green Bay Packers kept the pressure on the Lions with a 30-27 win over Chicago Bears.

More results here, including wins for Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills.

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