The Weekend That Was – Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th March 2016

The Weekend That Was – Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th March 2016

Football

Germany 2 Vs 3 England – A young England side fought back from 2-0 down in Berlin on Saturday night to record a famous and historic third consecutive win on German soil. Germany took the lead just before half time when Toni Kroos fired in a long range effort past Jack Butland, who had suffered an injury just before the goal was scored. Butland was stretchered off immediately after the goal with a fractured ankle. Sadly, he will now miss the European Championships in the Summer.

After the break, Mario Gomez doubled Germany’s lead, heading past substitute goalkeeper Fraser Forster. From that point on though it was all England, Harry Kane scored a stunning first after Cruyff turning two defenders on the edge of the box before firing a low shot into the far corner. Jamie Vardy then came off the bench to score an even better goal, back heel flicking Nathaniel Clyne’s cross past Maunel Neuer at his near post to score his first goal in an England shirt.

Then, on 90 minutes, Eric Dier met a corner with a thunderous header that gave England  an unlikely win against the current World Champions. With the Euro’s only a few months away this is a vital confidence boosting win heading into the tournament.

Meanwhile, the Republic of Ireland beat Switzerland 1-0 in Dublin thanks to a Ciaran Clark strike and Wales and Northern Ireland drew 1-1 in Cardiff. Craig Cathcart scoring for Northern Ireland and Simon Church equalised late in the game from the penalty spot.

Cricket

Afghanistan make history at the T-20 World Cup!

Afghanistan held their nerve to claim an historic six-run victory over the West Indies at the World Twenty20 in Nagpur.  Despite the result doing nothing to affect the final positions of Group 1, the Windies surpassing the 103 they needed to secure top spot , their 117-8 left them six short of Afghanistan’s 123-7 total. The win was Afghanistan’s first victory over a Test-playing nation other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, sparking wild celebrations!

India beat Australia to reach the T-20 World Cup Semi Finals

India qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 after beating Australia by six wickets in a thrilling knockout match in Mohali on Sunday.

Virat Kohli was the star of the show – hitting 82 runs off 51 balls to guide his side home with five deliveries remaining.

Boxing

Blackwell In A Coma Following Defeat to Chris Eubank Jr

Nick Blackwell is in an induced coma following his loss to Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday night. Blackwell lost his British middleweight title when referee Victor Loughlin halted the bout at Wembley Arena in the 10th round. He left the ring on a stretcher and with an oxygen mask on.

 

Kell Brook Successfully Defends Title

Kell Brook successfully defended his IBF welterweight title by blasting mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier aside in less than two rounds. The IBF world welterweight champion produced a perfectly-timed, precise and powerful performance in front of his huge Sheffield following.

Tennis

 

Andy Murray Through In Miami

Andy Murray booked his place in the third round of the Miami Open with a 6-3 7-5 win over Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin. Having waited most of the week to begin his campaign in Key Biscayne after a first-round bye, the British No 1 overcame his frustration with a ball mix-up to beat his opponent in one hour and 38 minutes.

Nadal Retires From Miami Open

Rafael Nadal has been knocked out of the Miami Open, after being forced to retire from his second round match against little-known Bosnian Damir Dzumhur. After slipping 3-0 behind in the deciding set, Nadal required medical treatment before deciding to call it a day after 109 minutes on court. The Spaniard said he started ‘feeling dizzy’ towards the end of the first set and later withdrew claiming he was ‘too scared’ to continue.

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