The Weekend That Was. March 13th 2016
The FA Cup
Three of the four semi finalists have been decided with just the Manchester Utd vs West Ham Utd quarter final finishing 1-1 and needing a replay.
Arsenal lost their 37 month unbeaten record in the competition and were booed off at the final whistle, after being beaten 2-1 at the Emirates by Watford. An 88th minute goal from Danny Welbeck not enough for the Gunners, goals from Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura sending Watford to Wembley for a semi final for the third time in 14 years. Arsenal were bidding to become only the third side in history to win the FA Cup three times in a row.
Crystal Palace saw off Championship side Reading with two very late goals and Chelsea’s miserable season got even worse as two goals from their ex striker, Romelu Lukaku, were enough to see Everton progress at Goodison Park.
The Premier League
In a weekend of very few games, Tottenham kept up the pressure on leaders Leicester City with a 2-0 win at relegation certainties Aston Villa. Tottenham are now just two points behind Leicester who entertain Newcastle, with new manager Rafa Benitez, on Monday evening at the King Power Stadium.
Manchester City lost further ground on the leaders as they could only manage a goalless draw with struggling Norwich City.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 4 as PSG beat Troyes 9-0 and secured their fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title. They also did it in record time, they still have 8 games left to play.
Scottish League Cup
Congratulations to Ross County who beat Hibernian 2-1 to win their first Scottish League Cup. This is their first major honour 22 years after they joined the Scottish Football League from the Highland League.
The Six Nations
England survived a late scare to beat Wales at Twickenham 25-21. England had bossed the game and were cruising 25-7 with only 10 minutes left on the clock, but Dan Cole’s yellow card gave the visitors hope and they very nearly made England pay with two late converted tries. However, England hung on for the win they deserved and took the Triple Crown.
Scotland’s 29-18 win over France, their first for a decade, also sparked celebrations south of the border as it handed England the Six Nations title. England now go to France next Saturday aiming for their first Grand Slam since 2003.
England ladies beat Wales 20-13 at The Stoop which makes it 4 wins out of 4 for them. This means they have also won the Triple Crown and will need to beat France, in France, next Friday to secure their first Six Nations title since 2012.
The European Tour
Australian Scott Hend won the True Thailand Classic by one shot, but had to survive a final day charge from Piya Swangarunporn. The world no 798 carded a new course record and posted a testing target of 17 under par. Hend, who had started the day two shots clear, birdied the 17th and, despite three putts at the last, hung on to claim his second European Tour title and his first since 2014.