The Week in Sport (27 Mar – 2 Apr)

It is time for another recap of The Week in Sport with this week’s highlights including Leinster and Munster reaching the Champions Cup semi-finals and Roger Federer secured another title in Miami.

Football

In Premier League action, Crystal Palace came from behind to stun leaders Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, while Liverpool completed the league double over Everton with a 3-1 win at Anfield. More week 30 results here.

Crystal Palace came from behind to beat Chelsea and boost their survival hopes
image: cpfc.co.uk

In La Liga, Real Madrid moved five points clear at the top of the table after Zinedine Zidane’s side thrashed Alaves 3-0 for a fourth straight win, but Barcelona kept the pressure on their rivals with a 4-1 win over ten-man Granada.

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as Bayern Munich thrashed Augsburg 6-0 to edge closer to the Bundesliga title. Second place Leipzig got back to winning ways with a 4-0 win over Darmstadt and Dortmund could only manage a 1-1 draw against Schalke.

Marek Hamsik cancelled out Sami Khedira’s early strike as Napoli held Serie A leaders Juventus to a 1-1 draw, while Edin Dzeko scored both goals as Roma picked up a 2-0 win over Empoli to close the gap at the top of the table to six points.

PSG won the French League Cup for the fourth straight season after they picked up an emphatic 4-1 win over Monaco in Lyon. In Ligue 1, Mario Balotelli was back on the score sheet in Nice’s 2-1 win over Bordeaux to keep their title hopes alive.

Celtic sealed a sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title with eight games to spare, as Scott Sinclair’s hat-trick helped the Bhoys to a 5-0 win over Hearts.

Brazil became the first side to book their place at the 2018 World Cup after a 3-0 win over Paraguay, but Argentina fell out of the automatic qualification places after a 2-0 defeat to Bolivia.

In friendly action, managerless Netherlands woes continued with a 2-1 defeat to Italy, Sweden came from 2-0 down to sun European champions Portugal 3-2 and Hordur Magnusson’s superb free-kick gae Iceland a 1-0 win over Ireland.

History was made in the Spain’s 2-1 win over France game as video technology was used to correct two wrong decisions as it helped rule an Antoine Griezmann goal out for offside and award a Gerard Deolefeu winning goal after the linesman incorrectly flagged for offside.

In other news, Juan Mata could be out for the remainder of the season after having surgery on a groin injury, while Man United will also be without defensive dup Phil Jones and Chris Smalling  with long-term injuries.

Tennis

Roger Federer won his third title of the year, as the Australian Open champion continued his remarkable start to the season with a 6-3 6-4 win over Rafael Nadal to win the Miami Open.

Johanna Konta picked up the greatest win of her career, as the 25-year-old became the first British woman to win the Miami Open after a  6-4 6-3 straight sets victory over Caroline Wozniacki.

Roger Federer added the Miami Open to his Indian Wells and Aussie Open titles
image: bbc.co.uk

Golf

Russell Henley bagged the final place at this week’s Masters, after the American secured his third PGA Tour win with a three shot victory over runner-up Sung Kang to win the Houston Open.

Former world number one Tiger Woods has pulled out of next week’s Masters after failing to recover from a back injury.

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