The Premier League was back with a bang after the international break with plenty of goals and some surprising results. The big game at Anfield between Liverpool and Manchester United ended in a goalless stalemate. The United keeper, David De Gea, was the hero, making a world-class save in the first half from Firmino. United are now in second place two points behind Manchester City, who thrashed Stoke 7-2 with six different scorers. According to manager Pep Guardiola, it was the best performance during his reign as City boss. City have now scored 29 goals in eight games and looking nailed on Champions already this early in the season. Talking of nailed on, Chelsea surely would beat goalless, pointless Crystal Palace. There are no certainties in this league, and Palace not only scored but won 2-1 with Wilf Zaha back from injury scoring the winner. Another shock at Vicarage Road as Watford came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 to move into fourth in the table and dreaming of European football next season. Tottenham finally won a game at their temporary Wembley home with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth to move into third place.
In the Championship, it’s Wolves leading the way after beating Aston Villa 2-0. They are two points clear of Cardiff and surprise package Sheffield United.
Celtic and Aberdeen jointly lead the Scottish Premier League after 1-0 victories, with Rangers six points behind in third.
Tennis legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal met in the final of the Shanghai masters, with Federer winning 6-4, 6-3 to end Nadals’ 16-match unbeaten run and win his 94th career title.
In Golf, Englishman Tyrrell Hatton won his second European tour title in as many weeks by capturing the Italian Open after a final round of 65. Hatton winning by one shot from fast-finishing Ross Fisher, who carded a superb round of 63. On this form, Hatton will be hoping to make the European Ryder Cup team for next year.
The big horse race of the weekend, the Cesarewitch handicap at Newmarket, was won by the 5/1 favourite Withold, trained by Roger Charlton and ridden by Silvestre de Sousa.
The first round of pool matches took place in Rugby Unions’ European Champions Cup with many British clubs in action. On Friday night Ulster beat Wasps, and on Saturday there were wins for Leinster, Exeter (over Glasgow) and Bath. On Sunday, the big clash was won easily by champions Saracens 57-13 at Northampton and the Scarlets just going down 21-20 at Toulon.
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