The Week in Sport (30 Jan – 5 Feb)

Scotland stunned Ireland as the Six Nations action got underway, New England Patriots were crowned the 2017 Superbowl champions and much more in this week’s edition of The Week in Sport.

Football

Liverpool’s miserable start to 2017 continued this weekend after a 2-0 defeat to struggling Hull, while Chelsea opened up a 12 point lead over Arsenal with a 3-1 win over their London rivals. More week 24 results here.

Eden Hazard scored the pick of the bunch in Chelsea's 3-1 win over Arsenal image: itv.com

Eden Hazard scored the pick of the bunch in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Arsenal
image: itv.com

In midweek Premier League action, Diego Costa missed a penalty as Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at Liverpool, while Watford stunned Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates. More week 23 results here.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez gave Barcelona a 2-1 advantage in their Copa Del Rey quarter-final against Atletico Madrid and moved to within one point off La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 3-0 thrashing of Athletic Bilbao.

Juan Cuadrado scored a brilliant goal to give Juventus a 1-0 win over Inter Milan to maintain a six point lead at the top of the table, while Marek Hamsik and Dries Mertens both scored hat-tricks as Napoli recorded their biggest-ever Serie A away win in a 7-1 victory at Bologna.

Robert Lewandowski was on target again as Bayern Munich extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a 1-1 draw against Schalke, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal in Borussia Dortmund’s 1-0 win over second place Leipzig.

In the FA Cup fifth round, Arsenal face a trip to non-league Sutton United, National League leaders Lincoln face a trip to Burnley and holders Man United travel to Blackburn. Full draw here.

In transfer news, Crystal Palace splashed £14m Patrick van Aanholt and brought in Mamadou Sakho on loan from Liverpool, while Robbie Brady completed a £13m deadline day switch to Burnley. More transfer deals here.

Cameroon won the African Cup of Nations for the first time since 2002 as substitute Vincent Aboubakar scored a late winner in their 2-1 comeback win against Egypt. Alain Traore scored the only goal as Burkina Faso defeated Ghana 1-0 to take third place.

In other news, former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from football.

American Football

New England Patriots pulled off the greatest comeback in Superbowl history to become champions for a fifth time, coming from 28-3 down at the end of the third quarter to claim a historic 34-28 overtime victory to win Superbowl LI in Houston, Texas.

New England Patriots pulled off a historic comeback to win Superbowl LI image: rte.ie

New England Patriots pulled off a historic comeback to win Superbowl LI
image: rte.ie

Quarterback Tom Brady led the stunning comeback to force Superbowl LI into overtime for the first time in as he finished with a record 466 yards as he was named the Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player for a fourth time.

Tennis

Great Britain snatched a bizarre victory over Canada in the Davis Cup after teenager Denis Shapovalov was disqualified for purposely hitting the ball into the umpire’s face while leading Kyle Edmund 6-3 6-4 2-1.

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