The Week in Sport (9-15 Jan)

Among the highlights in this week’s round-up of The Week in Sport are Man United and Liverpool sharing the spoils at Old Trafford, while Green Bay Packers edged out Dallas Cowboys in a thrilling play-off.

Football

In Premier League action, Zlatan Ibrahimovic rescued a late point for Man United in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool, Everton thrashed Man city 4-0 and leaders Chelsea got back to winning ways at champions Leicester. More week 21 results here.

Man United are now unbeaten in 16 games in all competitions image: footballnews.net

Man United are now unbeaten in 16 games in all competitions
image: footballnews.net

Goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini gave Man United a 2-0 lead in their EFL Cup semi-final against Hull, while Nathan Redmond scored the only goal as Southampton took a 1-0 lead against Liverpool in the other semi-final.

Barcelona fought back from a 2-1 deficit to reach the quarter-finals of the Copa Del Rey after Luis Suarez scored his 100th Barcelona goal in a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao, while Real Madrid came from 3-1 down to rescue a 3-3 draw with Sevilla to make it a new record 40 games unbeaten.

Sevilla gained revenge on Real Madrid in La Liga action as Stefan Jovetic’s injury time strike gave Sevilla a 2-1 win to end the record-breaking run, while Barcelona closed the gap on the leaders with a 5-0 thrashing of Las Palmas.

Juventus suffered a surprise loss in Serie A in a 2-1 loss to Fiorentina, while Roma closed the gap on Juventus to one point at the top of the table with a 1-0 win over Udinese.

Rolando scored twice as Monaco thrashed Marseille 4-1 to move to the top of Ligue 1 following Nice’s 0-0 draw with Metz, while Julian Draxler gave PSG a 1-0 win over Rennes.

In transfer news, Man United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin completed a £24m move to Everton, while Jeff Sclupp swapped Leicester for Crystal Palace in a £12m deal.

FIFA have unanimously voted to expand the World Cup from 32 teams to 48 from the 2026 World Cup onwards, while Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best player at the inaugural Best Fifa Football Awards in Zurich.

Holders Man United have been drawn with 2013 winners Wigan in the fourth round of the FA Cup, while Arsenal will face Norwich/Southampton, Chelsea will play Brentford and Man City face either Bolton or Crystal Palace. Full draw here.

In other news, Arsenal trio Olivier Giroud, Francis Coquelin and  Laurent Koscielny have all agreed new long-term contracts, while ex-England manager Graham Taylor passed away suddenly aged 72.

American Football

Mason Crosby’s last-gasp 51-yard field goal earned Green Bay Packers a dramatic 34-31 over Dallas Cowboys to reach NFC Title decider, after the Cowboys rallied from 28-13 down to level things up thanks to Dak Prescott’s two touchdown throws before suffering late heartbreak.

Greeb Bay Packers snatched a thrilling late win over Dallas Cowboys image: bbc.com

Green Bay Packers snatched a thrilling late win over Dallas Cowboys
image: bbc.com

Matt Ryan threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns as he led Atlanta Falcons to their first NFC Championship game in four years after a 36-20 win over Seattle Seahawks.

New England Patriots are heading for a sixth AFC Championship game for the sixth year running after a 34-16 win over Houston Texans and will face Pittsburgh Steelers in the final after they narrowly edged out Kansas City Chiefs 18-16.

Horse Racing

Last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack has been retired after suffering a setback for a tendon injury sustained last April.

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