The Week in Sport (5-11 Jun)

Rafael Nadal cruising to a tenth French Open title and the latest from World Cup qualifying are just some of the highlights in this week’s edition of The Week in Sport.

Football

In World Cup qualification, Jon Walters grabbed the equaliser for Ireland in a 1-1 draw against Austria in Dublin, while group D rivals Wales were also held to a 1-1 draw in Serbia.

Ireland remain unbeaten in their World Cup qualifying group
image: espnfc.com

A late goal from Harry Kane denied Scotland a big win over old rivals England in a 2-2 draw at Hampden Park, while a late Stuart Dallas handed Northern Ireland a vital 1-0 win over Azerbaijan.

In other qualifiers, a Hugo Lloris blunder saw France fall to a late 2-1 defeat against Sweden, Germany hit seven past San Marino and early goals from Diego Costa and David Silva helped Spain edged past Macedonia 2-1.

Netherlands thrashed Luxembourg 5-0, while Italy also won by the same scoreline against Lichtenstein and there was a rare win for Andorra, who upset Hungary 1-0. More results here.

The England Under-20’s have won the Under-20’s World Cup as Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Venezuela to win a first international title for England since 1966.

In transfer news, Man City have wrapped up the £35m signing of Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes, while Arsenal have signed Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer. More deals here.

Liverpool have dropped their interest in Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, after the Saints threatened to report them for an illegal approach for the former Celtic man.

Man United have agreed a £31m move for Benfica centre-back Victor Lindelof, but  the club have released striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after just one season with the Red Devils.

Portuguese defender Pepe will also leave Real Madrid after ten seasons when his contract expires, while Chelsea striker Diego Costa could be on his way out at Stamford Bridge after claiming he was told he is no longer needed.

Leicester have appointed Craig Shakespeare as their new manager on a permanent basis, while ex-Roma gaffer Luciano Spaletti has taken the reigns at Inter Milan.

Borussia Dortmund have appointed Ajax boss Peter Bosz as their new manager after Thomas Tuchel’s departure, while Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim and Juventus gaffer Massimilano Allgeri have signed new deals at their respective clubs.

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard could miss the start of next season, after the 26-year-old was ruled out for three months after undergoing surgery for a fractured ankle sustained in training with Belgium.

In sad news, Ex-Newcastle Cheick Tiote has died suddenly at the age of 30, after collapsing while training with Chinese club Beijing Enterprises.

Rugby

The British and Irish Lions suffered their first defeat on their tour of New Zealand on Wednesday, after Ihaia West inspired Super Rugby outfit Blues to a 22-16 win in Aucklund.

However, the British and Irish Lions got back to winning ways on Saturday, as Owen Farrell scored all points with four penalties in a 12-3 win over Crusaders in Christchurch.

Ireland got their summer tour off to a winning start, as Joe Schmidt’s side ran home nine tries in a convincing 55-19 win over the USA Eagles in New Jersey.

Denny Solomona’s late try handed England a thrilling 38-34 win over Argentina, while Gregor Townsend got off to a winning start as Scotland boss as they ran home five tries in a 34-13 win over Italy in Singapore.

British and Irish Lions secured a second win of their tour against Crusaders
image: express.co.uk

Golf

Daniel Berger successfully defended his FedEx St Jude Classic title, as the American carded a final round four-under-par 66 to finish ten under, one shot clear of Charl Schwartzel and Kim Meen-whee in Memphis.

Dylan Frittelli claimed his first European Tour title after a final round 67 saw the South African finish 12 under par, a shot ahead of David Horsey, Jbe Kruger and Mikko Korhonen.to win the Lyoness Open.

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