The Week in Sport (1-7 May)

It is time for another The Week in Sport with this week’s highlights including Real Madrid and Juventus taking one step towards the Champions League final and Mark Selby secured back-to-back World Snooker Championships.

Football

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 47th hat-trick of his career, as Real Madrid thrashed rivals Atletico 3-0 in the semi-finals to edge closer to becoming the first team to retain the Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick helped Real Madrid sink Atletico
image: rapidleaks.com

Juventus also took a big lead in their semi-final tie with Monaco, as Gonzalo Higuain’s brace helped the Italian champions to a 2-0 win to keep hopes of a first European Cup since 1996 alive. Read more about both UCL semi-finals here.

In the Europa League, Marcus Rashford’s stunning free kick gave Man United a 1-0 win at Celta VIgo, while Bertrand Traore scored twice as Ajax took a big step towards the final in Stockholm after a 4-1 win over Lyon.

In the Premier League, Chelsea are two wins away from the title after Tottenham fell to a 1-0 defeat to rivals West Ham, while Arsenal boosted their slim top four hopes with a 2-0 win over Man United. More week 36 results here.

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona thrashed Villarreal 4-1 to remain on course for the La Liga title, but Real Madrid kept the pressure on their rivals with a comfortable 4-0 win at Osasuna.

Juan Bernat scored the only goal as Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich relegated Darmstadt after a 1-0 win. Leipzig thrashed Hertha Berlin 4-1 to secure Champions League football for next season, while Dortmund moved up to third with a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim.

Juventus’ home winning streak came to an end as Gonzalo Higuain rescued a 1-1 draw for the leaders against ten-man Torino. Second placed Roma thrashed AC Milan 4-1 and Lazio came out on top in a ten-goal thriller beating Sampdoria 7-3.

Monaco thrashed Nancy 3-0 to maintain a three-point lead at the top of Ligue 1, but PSG are keeping the pressure on the leaders after a 5-0 thrashing of Bastia.

Newcastle clinched the Sky Bet Championship title with a 3-0 win over Barnsley, after Brighton could only manage a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa. Blackburn were relegated to League One despite winning 3-1 at Brentford ,as Birmingham and Nottingham Forest also both won.

Lionel Messi is free to feature in Argentina’s remaining World Cup qualifiers after his ban was lifted for allegedly abusing an assistant referee was overturned on appeal.

In other news, Roma’s 40-year-old midifelder Francesco Totti will retire at the end of the season after over 600 appearances in 24 years with the Italian side, while Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman has signed a new five-year deal with Everton.

Snooker

Mark Selby came from behind to win his third World Championship, as the Leicester man recovered from a 10-4 deficit heading into Monday’s session to beat four-time champion John Higgins 18-15 in a thrilling final.

Mark Selby became the fourth player to successfully defend the World Championship
image: skysports.com

Cycling

Columbian Fernando Gaviria holds the overall lead after three stages of the Giro d’Italia, as the Quick-Step rider won 148km ride from Tortoli to Cagliari to take over the leader’s jersey from Germany’s Andre Greipel.

Griepel won stage two just ahead of Italian Roberto Ferrari to take the pink jersey, while debutant Lukas Postlberger won the opening stage in Sardinia ahead of Caleb Ewan in second and Greipel in third.

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