Carabao Cup Final
It was the first piece of silverware handed out this season as the League Cup Final took place at Wembley between all conquering Manchester City and Arsenal. In a one-sided final, it was City who overpowered Arsenal by 3-0 with goals from Aguero, Kompany and Silva. It was City manager Pep Guardiola’s first trophy in English football.
With the leaders Man City involved in Cup action, it was a chance for the chasing pack to close the gap at the top. Manchester United stayed second after beating Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford, a result which demotes Chelsea to fifth. Liverpool are third with a 4-1 home win over West Ham. Tottenham won 1-0 at Crystal Palace with a late goal from Harry Kane to move into the top 4. West Brom are now adrift at the bottom and only one point separating the next 4 teams, Stoke, Swansea, Palace and Southampton.
Leaders Wolves lost 2-0 at in form Fulham and are now only 6 points clear of Cardiff who won 1-0 against Bristol City. Aston Villa stay third after a second-half comeback to win 4-2 at Sheffield Wednesday.
Scottish Premier League
Celtic won the big game 2-0 at Aberdeen to stay top, their 10th straight win over Aberdeen, nine points clear of Rangers.
In the Friday night Six Nation game, it was France who got their first victory of the campaign, defeating Italy 34-17 in Marseille, scoring 3 tries. Scotland produced a magnificent display to defeat England 25-13 at Murrayfield to keep their hopes of the title alive and win the Calcutta Cup. Ireland remain top and unbeaten after winning a thriller in Dublin 37-27 over a very plucky Wales.
Congratulations to Team GB for obtaining their best-ever medal haul at a Winter Olympics. The total now is five medals after Billy Morgan won bronze in the Mens Big Air. That is now four bronze medals and the gold won by Lizzy Yarnold in the Skeleton.
The World Grand Prix tournament at the Guild Hall in Preston was won by Ronnie O’Sullivan, who again produced a fabulous display in beating Ding Junhui 10-3 in the Final and scoop the £100k first prize.
England lost their first ODI against New Zealand in Hamilton by 3 wickets. England batted first a made a very good 284-8 after their 50 overs with Jos Buttler making 79 and Joe Root 71. New Zealand got home with just four balls to spare thanks to a magnificent 113 from Ross Taylor to go one up in the series.
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