The Week in Sport (28 Aug – 3 Sep)

It is time for another recap of The Week in Sport with this week’s highlights including some early shock exits at the US Open and Galway ended a 29-year wait to become All-Ireland Hurling champions.

Football

In World Cup qualifying, Ireland’s World Cup hopes hit a blow after a lacklustre 1-1 draw at Georgia, while Wales beat Austria 1-0 to close the gap on the Boys in Green.

Ireland struggled to hang onto a 1-1 draw against Georgia
image: the42.ie

Harry Kane scored twice as England thrashed Malta 4-0, Northern Ireland beat San Marino 3-0 and Scotland Lithuania by the same scoreline to keep their hopes alive.

Belgium became the first European team to book their spot at the World Cup after a 2-1 win over Greece, while Germany are also on the brink of qualifying as Mats Hummels scored a late winner in a 2-1 win over Czech Republic

Elsewhere, Isco scored twice as Spain thrashed Italy 3-0, Netherlands kept their hopes alive with a 3-1 win over Bulgaria after being thrashed 4-0 by France and Christian Eriksen stole the show as Denmark beat Poland 4-0. More results here.

On transfer deadline day, Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected Chelsea to complete a £35m move to Liverpool, but Alexis Sanchez stays with the Gunners after Man City saw a £60m bid rejected for the Chilean attacker.

Chelsea signed Danny Drinkwater from Leicester in a £35m, but the Blues missed out on bringing other players to the club, including missing out on Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.

They also missed out on Swansea striker Fernando Llorente who joined Spurs in a £15m deal, while Tottenham splashed out £23m to sign PSG right-back Serge Aurier. Check out all the deal of the summer transfer window here.

In European transfer news, Monaco’s highly rated striker Kylian M’Bappe has joined rivals PSG on a season loan, while former Man United winger Nani moved to Lazio from Valencia.

Tennis

There were some early shocks at the US Open, as defending champion Angelique Kerber crashed out at the first hurdle with a surprise defeat to Naomi Osaka.

Maria Sharapova stunned second seed Simona Halep in the first round, but the Russian’s tournament then came to an end in the fourth round after being edged out by Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.

Petra Kvitova stunned Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza in the last 16 to keep hopes of a third major title alive, while Johanna Konta also fell to an early exit losing to Serbian Aleksandra Krunic.

Angelique Kerber fell a the  first round of a grand slam for the second time this year
image: reuters.com

In men’s action, Marin Cilic and Alexander Zverev were early casualties, while Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal overcame some tough tests during the week to reach the last 16.

Follow a day-by-day recap from the US Open at this link.

Motorsport

Lewis Hamilton overtook Sebastien Vettel in the race for the World Championship, as the Mercedes driver stormed to victory from pole to finish in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

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