The Week in Sport (31 Jul – 6 Aug)

Justin Gatlin stunning Usain Bolt to win World Championship 100m gold and Arsenal beating Chelsea to life the Community Shield are just some o the highlights edition of The Week in Sport.

Football

Arsenal won the Community Shield for the second time in three years, as the Gunners came from behind to beat 10-man Chelsea 4-1 on penalties at Wembley.

Arsenal debutant Sead Kolasanic scored a late equaliser forced the game to penalties
image: skysports.com

In transfer news, PSG completed a sensational move for Barcelona superstar Neymar in a world record-breaking €222m move and will earn €45m a year after signing a five-year deal with the French club.

Man United wrapped up a £40m move for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, while Leciester forked out £25m move to secure Man City striker Kelechi Iheanacho for £25m. More transfers here.

In pre-season friendlies, Bayern Munich fell to another defeat as Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners against the German champions, but the Reds then suffered a first friendly defeat in a 5-4 shootout loss to Atletico Madrid in the Audi Cup final.

Tottenham picked up an impressive 2-0 win over Juventus at Wembley, goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata saw Man United defeat Sampdoria 2-1 in Dublin and Liverpool ended their pre-season with a win beating Athletic Bilbao 3-1 also in Dublin.

Liverpool have been drawn to face Hoffenheim in the Champions League play-offs, while Celtic – who beat Rosenborg 1-0 thanks to James Forrest’s excellent strike – will face FC Astana for a spot in the group stages.

In other Champions League ties this week, Olympicacos won 5-3 at Partizan Belgrade to advance to the play-offs, Nice ousted Ajax 3-3 on the away goals rule and there were also wins for CSKA Moscow, Steaua Bucharest and FC Copenhagen.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin put Everton into the next round of the Europa League with a 1-0 win over Slovak side MFK Ruzomberok and will face Hadjuk Split in the next round in a bid to reach the group stages.

Scottish side Aberdeen crashed out in a violence marred 2-0 defeat to Apollon Limassol, but there were wins for Braga, Marseille, Zenit St Petersburg and AC Milan to reach the play-off round. More results here.

Bayern Munich twice came from behind to defeat Borussia Dortmund 5-4 on penalties to win the German Super Cup, while there was more VAR controversy as Feyenoord beat Vitesse 4-2 on penalties to win the Dutch Super Cup.

Finally, Vivianne Miedema scored twice as The Netherlands became women’s European champions for the first time with a thrilling 4-2 victory over Denmark.

Rugby

Organisers have confirmed that the Pro 12 will be expanded from September to include South African sides Southern Kings and Cheetahs for the brand new Pro14 season.

Horse Racing

Jockey Andrea Atzeni and Stradivarius won the Goodwood Cup to deny favourite Big Orange a record third successive victory and Battaash put in a brilliant display to win the Qatar King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

20-1 shot Here Comes When edged out Ribchester in a surprise victory in the Sussex Stakes, 10-11 favourite Winter claimed Qatar Nassau Stakes and 25-1 shot Lancelot Du Lac was a surprise winner in the Qatar Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood

Riven Light survived a stewards enquiry to claim victory in the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap at the Galway Races, while Balko Des Flos picked up a convincing win in the TheTote.com Galway Plate.

Stradivarius denied Big Orange a hat-trick in the Goodwood Cup
image: bbc.co.uk

Tigris River snatched victory away from Swamp Fox in the dying strides to win the Guinness Galway Handicap Hurdle, while Whiskey Sour saw off the threat of Mawaany to win his second race at the festival by claiming the Guinness Handicap.

Dream Walker held off the challenge of stablemate Baraweez to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Ahonoora’ Handicap for the second year in a row at the Galway Races.

There was disappointment once again for Aidan O’Brien’s Caravaggio, as Kevin Ryan’s Brando claimed Group One glory in the Prix Maurice de Gheest by holding off a late charge from Aclaim at Deauville.

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