With the Premier League taking a break this weekend, all the attention turned to the World Cup play-off ties and the International friendlies. It was heartbreak for Northern Ireland losing 1-0 on aggregate to Switzerland after a heroic performance in the second leg in Basel. The game ended 0-0, with the tie settled overall by a hotly disputed penalty in the first game in Belfast. The Republic of Ireland gained a 0-0 draw in Denmark and will look to qualify now on Tuesday in the second leg in Dublin.
A prestige friendly at Wembley ended goalless between England and Germany, and it’s Brazil next for England on Monday. Wales lost 2-0 in France and Scotland lost by the same score at home to Holland.
The Autumn Rugby Union Internationals got underway this weekend with England unimpressive in beating Argentina 21-8 and will surely have to improve with games coming up against the Southern Hemisphere giants New Zealand and Australia.
Scotland beat Samoa 44-38 in a very entertaining game, Ireland thrashed South Africa 38-3 and Wales just lost 29-21 to the Aussies in Cardiff.
England’s cricketers won their second tour match against a Cricket Australia XI by 192 runs. Mark Stoneman, Joe Root and Johnny Bairstow all amongst the runs, and bowlers James Anderson and Chris Woakes taking 8 wickets each in the match. Still down under, England and Australia drew the First Women’s Ashes Test match.
In Snooker, the Champion of Champions tournament in Coventry produced an all-English final. In an exciting match, it was Shaun Murphy who held off a late fightback from Ronnie O’Sullivan to win by 10-8. In the process Murphy pocketed the £100k first prize.
In F1, The Brazilian Grand Prix was won by Sebastian Vettel, with Lewis Hamilton back in fourth. A meaningless race with the World Championship already decided and only the minor placings up for grabs.
In the Rugby League World Cup, England booked a quarter-final place against Papua New Guinea after defeating France 36-6 in their final group game. Scotland are out after a 14-14 draw with Samoa.
Tennis and Darts
Two big sporting events got underway this weekend with the ATP Tour Tennis finals starting at the O2 in London and the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton. The Finals of both tournaments scheduled for next weekend with Roger Federer and Michael Van Gerwen the favourites to win.
Don’t forget to listen to Tim Bridge on the TKO Breakfast show every Saturday and Sunday morning from 9 am til 12 pm, offering great tunes, competitions and and a preview of the weekend sporting fixtures.