The Week in Sport (23-29 Jan)

In this week’s recap of The Week in Sport highlights include Liverpool becoming the biggest casualty in the FA Cup, while Roger Federer and Serena Williams triumphed at the Australian Open.

Football

In the FA Cup, Wolves stunned Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield, Son Heung-min saved Tottenham’s blushes with a 97th minute winner in a 4-3 win over Wycombe and there were big wins for Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal and holders Man United. More FA Cup results here.

Son Heung-min broke Wycombe hearts with a 97th minute winner image: skysports.com

Son Heung-min broke Wycombe hearts with a 97th minute winner
image: skysports.com

Shane Long gave Southampton a late 1-0 win at Liverpool to reach the EFL Cup final, where they will play Man United as a first leg advantage was enough to see the Red Devils book a place at Wembley despite a 2-1 loss at Hull.

In La Liga, Real Madrid moved four points clear at the top of the pile with a 3-0 win over ten-man Real Sociedad, while Luis Suarez rescued Barcelona a 1-1 draw against Real Betis.

Real Madrid were knocked out of the Copa del Rey after a 2-2 defeat at Celta Vigo saw them lose 4-3 on aggregate, while Barcelona cruised into the semi-finals with a 5-2 victory over Real Sociedad to set up a tie with Atletico.

Serie A champions Juventus moved four points clear at the top of the table with a 2-0 win at Sassuolo, after second place Roma fell to a 3-2 defeat at Sampdoria.

Cameroon knocked Senegal out of the African Cup of nations in a penalty shootout, while the Ayew Brothers sent Ghana into the final four with a 2-1 win over DR Congo. Burkina Faso and Eygpt are also into the semis with wins over Tunisia and Morocco respectively.

In transfer news, Hull winger Robert Snodgrass completed a £10.2m move to West Ham with Dimitri Payet completeing a £25m switch away from the Hammers to Marseille. More transfers here.

Elsewhere, Philippe Coutinho has become Liverpool’s highest paid player after signing a new five-year contract, while Arsene Wenger has been handed a four game touchline ban a £25,000 fine for pushing and abusing the fourth official in their win against Burnley.

Tennis

Roger Federer overcame the test of Rafael Nadal in a highly competitive Australian Open final against old rival Rafael Nadal, to win his 18th grand slam title with a thrilling 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 victory in Melbourne.

Roger Federer saw off Rafael Nadal int eh fianl to win an 18th grand slam title image: abcnewsradioonline.com

Roger Federer saw off Rafael Nadal in the final to win an 18th grand slam title
image: abcnewsradioonline.com

Roger Federer needed to dig deep in the semi-finals against fellow Swiss man Stan Wawrinka on his way to a fifth Australian Open title, while Rafael Nadal also needed five sets to overcome Grigor Dimitrov in another classic semi-final.

Serena Williams finally clinched a record 23rd grand slam title as the 35-year-old defeated sister Venus 6-4 6-4 in the final to win a seventh Australian Open title.

Serena Williams ended the dream run of Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the semi-finals on her way to winning a record 23rd grand slam title, while Venus Williams edged past fellow American Coco Vandeweghe to set up a ninth all-Williams grand slam final.

Other highlights of the week saw Johnna Konta’s dream run ended at the quarter-finals by Serena Williams, while Rafa Nadal denied Milos Raonic his chance of a first grand slam title with a straight sets quarter-final victory against the third seed.

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