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The sports wrap 20th August 2018

LanguedocLiving, Aug 19

Man City trounce Huddersfield to go top of Premier League.

Manchester City showed once again that they will be the team to beat as the defending English Premier League champions hammered Huddersfield 6-1 on Sunday to go top of the table with a 100 per cent record. Of the other top clubs, neighbours Manchester United went down 3-2 at Brighton & Hove Albion while Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea both won. Liverpool play Crystal Palace on Monday night. At the Etihad Stadium, striker Sergio Aguero scored a superb hat-trick in a thumping win over Huddersfield. Aguero opened the scoring in the first half before adding two goals after the break to complete his 13th career hat-trick and ninth in the Premier League. Only Alan Shearer, with 11, has scored more in the competition. The defending champions, who beat Arsenal 2-0 in their opening match, lost only once at home in 2017-18, and victory never looked in doubt against a Huddersfield team who have now been beaten in their first two games. Coach Pep Guardiola's side are top of the table and have scored eight goals in two games, conceding just one. Huddersfield, meanwhile, drop to the bottom on goal difference. At the  Amex Stadium, City’s arch rivals United were stunned by Brighton & Hove Albion who scored three goals in the first half. Glenn Murray flicked in the opener before Shane Duffy stroked home two minutes later. Romelu Lukaku halved the deficit 11 minutes before the break, rising unmarked to nod in Luke Shaw's ball, but Pascal Gross converted a penalty after a foul by Eric Bailly. Pogba also scored from the spot - deep in second-half stoppage time - but it was not enough to deny Brighton a famous 3-2 win. In other matches, Tottenham Hotspur kept their 100 per cent record with a 3-1 home win over Fulham highlighted by striker Harry Kane’s first career goal scored in August. Chelsea also maintained their perfect start with a 3-2 win over London rivals Arsenal.

Kylian Mbappe scores twice as PSG go top of table

Teenage star Kylian Mbappe scored twice on his return from winning the World Cup with France as defending champions Paris Saint Germain fought back to beat Guingamp 3-1 in Ligue 1. The 19-year-old came off the bench to claim a brace in the final eight minutes, after Neymar had drawn PSG level with a penalty on 52 minutes. He scored four goals at this summer's World Cup on his way to being crowned Fifa's young player of the tournament. Mbappe slotted his first goal neatly to the right of Karl-Johan Johnsson on 82 minutes, before a delightful chip over the Guingamp goalkeeper secured the three points for Thomas Tuchel's men. The result ensures PSG are top of the table and maintain their winning start to the season, despite the Ligue 1 champions finding themselves a goal behind after 20 minutes through Nolan Roux's opener. In other matches, newcomers Nimes moved into second place on the table with a tremendous 3-1 home win over Marseille while Dijon also made it two wins out of two to go third with a 2-0 win over Nantes. Last season’s second-placed Monaco could only draw at home against Lille while Montpellier recorded their first win of the season with a 2-1 win at Amiens. In the Spanish La Liga, both Barcelona and Real Madrid opened their season with victories, the Catalans with a 3-0 win over Alaves, thanks to two goals from Lionel Messi, while Real beat Getafe 2-0. In the Italian Serie A, Cristiano Ronaldo made a winning start to his Juventus career as the defending champions came from behind to beat Chievo 3-2 in a dramatic start to the season. Federico Bernardeschi scored a 93rd-minute winner, moments after Juve had a goal ruled out by VAR with Ronaldo at the centre of the incident. The shock result of the Italian season openers was Inter Milan’s 1-0 defeat away to Sassuolo.

England in deep trouble in 3rd Test as India take control at Trent Bridge

An awful England batting collapse gave India complete control of the third Test on day two at Trent Bridge on Sunday.The home side were bundled out for 161, surrendering all 10 wickets in the period between lunch and tea. At one stage they lost nine for 74 runs in the space of 20.5 overs, with India all-rounder Hardik Pandya claiming five for 28. The tourists themselves had lost their last four first-innings wickets for six runs before lunch to be dismissed for 329. When they batted for a second time, India moved to 124 for two to end a chaotic day with a lead of 292 and the perfect opportunity to cut their deficit in the five-match series to 2-1. This latest England capitulation was not as a result of recklessness, but technical deficiencies against a ball that consistently moved in the air and off the seam. After tumbling from 54 for no wicket to 128 for 9, England were dragged past 150 by the hitting of Jos Buttler, who cracked 39 from 32 balls. Still, England were bowled out in the space of a session for the third time in less than two years.

Wigan win over Catalans edges them closer to home semi-final in play-offs

Wigan Warriors moved closer to their aim of a home semi-final in the post-season play-offs with a 35-6 victory over an under-strength Catalans Dragons. Catalans take on Warrington in next week's Challenge Cup final and rested several first-choice players such as Remi Casty and Tony Gigot. Shaun Wane's visitors were ruthless, with ex-Dragon Morgan Escare scoring two of their six tries. The win leaves Wigan three points clear in second, while Catalans stay eighth. Wigan looked sharper with Sam Tomkins lively throughout and only the loss of winger Liam Marshall to injury in the first half will be a concern for the Warriors. Former Saints back-rower Joe Greenwood was put through on the left edge in either half, while Escare's two tries came from a Tomkins break and a handling error at the end of the first-half. Josh Drinkwater's perfect kick put Dragons winger Fouad Yaha in out wide on the left, as the cup finalists showed some resolve. However, Wigan completed the job with further scores from Tony Clubb - after Gabe Hamlin's break stalled - and then the stepping feet of George Williams to finish. At the top of the table, leaders St Helens responded to back-to-back defeats to fend off a spirited comeback and earn a pulsating 36-16 victory in the Super 8s at Wakefield Trinity. The victory took St Helens 10 points clear of second-placed Wigan, but their 22nd victory in 25 league games looked in doubt despite their 16-0 interval lead.

Djokovic makes history with Cincinnati victory over Federer

Former world No.1 Novak Djokovic became the first player to win all nine Masters 1,000 tournaments with victory over Roger Federer in the Cincinnati Open on Sunday. The 31-year-old Serb, a five-time runner-up at the event, beat seven-time champion Federer 6-4 6-4. Wimbledon champion Djokovic had lost the Cincinnati final to the Swiss on three previous occasions. "It's a very special moment," he said. "It's the first time I get to stand with a winning trophy in Cincinnati." Victory for world No.2 Federer would have brought him his 99th career trophy, as well as levelling the long-time rivals' head-to-head record at 23-23. Djokovic will now look to take his form into the US Open, which starts on 27 August, having previously won two titles at Flushing Meadows. Federer was under pressure from the start, saving two break points before holding to win the first game. World No.10 Djokovic eventually broke his opponent's serve for 4-3 before holding to win the opening set. But Federer started the second set the strongest, racing into a 2-0 lead before Djokovic fought back to level at 2-2. He earned another decisive break at 4-3 before serving for victory on his first championship point in one hour and 24 minutes to complete a career 'Golden Masters'. In the women’s singles, Kiki Bertens held off a championship point to upset world No.1 Simona Halep in the WTA tournament. The 26-year-old Dutch world No.17 came from behind to defeat Halep 2-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 in two hours and five minutes. Romania's Halep, 26, has now lost three finals in Cincinnati having previously missed out in 2015 and 2017.

Englishman Waring wins first European Tour title at 200th attempt

Paul Waring won his first European Tour title at his 200th attempt with victory at the Nordea Masters in Gothenburg. The Englishman, 33, held a two-shot lead with four holes to play before playing partner Thomas Aiken birdied the last to force extra holes. However, South Africa's Aiken drove into the water on the first hole of the sudden-death play-off, with Waring's par good enough to secure victory. Waring and Aiken both shot two-under 68s to finish on 14 under par, a shot ahead of Germany's Max Kieffer, who carded a five-under 65 in the final round. Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen finished fourth in Sweden to move ahead of England's Ian Poulter

For full reports on all the weekend sporting events go to:

http://www.bbc.com/sport, http://www.espn.com, http://www.lequipe.fr, http://www.reuters.com/news/sports, www.skysports.com, www.eurosport.fr.

Calendar Keynotes: 20-26 August 

Monday, 20 August

Football: English Premier League – Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Spanish La Liga – Valencia v Atletico Madrid, German DFB Cup (major clubs) – SpVgg Greuther Furth v Borussia Dortmund.

Cricket: England v India 3rd Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (England lead series 2-0), International T20 – Ireland v Afghanistan, Derry.

Tennis: ATP Winston-Salem Open, North Carolina, US (till 26 August), WTA Connecticut Open, New Haven, Connecticut, US (till 26 August) 

Tuesday, 21 August

Football: Champions League qualifying play-off (major clubs) – Benefica v PAOK Salonika, Red Star Belgrade v FC Red Bull Salzburg.

Cricket: England v India 3rd Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (England lead series 2-0).

Tennis: ATP Winston-Salem Open, North Carolina, US (till 26 August), WTA Connecticut Open, New Haven, Connecticut, US (till 26 August) 

Wednesday, 22 August

Football: Champions League qualifying play-off (major clubs) – Ajax v Dynamo Kiev.

Cricket: England v India 3rd Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (England lead series 2-0), International T20 – Ireland v Afghanistan, Derry.

Tennis: ATP Winston-Salem Open, North Carolina, US (till 26 August), WTA Connecticut Open, New Haven, Connecticut, US (till 26 August) 

Thursday, 23 August

Football – Europa League qualifying play-offs (major clubs) – Sigma Olomouc v Sevilla, Suduva v Celtic, Olympiakos v Burnley, Zorya Luransk v RB Liepzig, KAA Gent v Bordeaux, Rangers v FC Ufa.

Formula One: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps (till 26 August).

Tennis: ATP Winston-Salem Open, North Carolina, US (till 26 August), WTA Connecticut Open, New Haven, Connecticut, US (till 26 August)

Golf: The Northern Trust Open, Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, New Jersey, US (till 26 August). 

Friday, 24 August

Football: French Ligue 1 – Lyon v Strasbourg, German Bundesliga – Bayern Munich v 1899 Hoffenheim.

Formula One: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps (till 26 August).

Tennis: ATP Winston-Salem Open, North Carolina, US (till 26 August), WTA Connecticut Open, New Haven, Connecticut, US (till 26 August)

Cricket: International T20 – Ireland v Afghanistan, Derry.

Golf: The Northern Trust Open, Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, New Jersey, US (till 26 August).

Motorcycling: MotoGP rd 12, British Grand Prix, Silverstone, Northants (till 26 August). 

Saturday, 25 August

Football: English Premier League –Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City, Arsenal v West Ham United, Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion, French Ligue 1 – Paris St Germain v Angers, Montpellier v Saint-Etienne, Nice v Dijon, Toulouse v Nimes, Spanish La Liga – Atletico Madrid v Rayo Vallecano, Real Valledolid v Barcelona, Italian Serie A - Juventus v Lazio,Napoli v AC Milan, German Bundesliga – VfL Wolfsburg v FC Schalke 04, Borussia Monchengladbach v Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Rugby League – Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final – Warrington Wolves v Catalans Dragons, Wembley Stadium,, London.

Formula One: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps (till 26 August).

Rugby Union: The Rugby Championship – New Zealand v Australia, Argentina v South Africa. French Top 14 – Perpignan v Stade Francais, Clermont Auvergne v Agen, La Rochelle v Grenoble, Lyon v Toulouse, Toulon v Racing 92.

Cricket: England v India 3rd Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (England lead series 2-0)

Tennis: ATP Winston-Salem Open, North Carolina, US (till 26 August), WTA Connecticut Open, New Haven, Connecticut, US (till 26 August)

Golf: The Northern Trust Open, Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, New Jersey, US (till 26 August).

Cycling: La Vuelta a Espana, Spain (till 16 September).

Motorcycling: MotoGP rd 12, British Grand Prix, Silverstone, Northants (till 26 August). 

Sunday, 26 August

Football: English Premier League – Newcastle United v Chelsea, Scottish Premiership – Motherwell v Rangers, Celtic v Hamilton Academical, French Ligue 1 – Bordeaux v Monaco, Marseille v Rennes, Spanish La Liga – Espanyol v Valencia, Sevilla v Villareal, Girona v Real Madrid, Italian Serie A – Inter Milan v Torino, German Bundesliga – Mainz 05 v VfB Stuttgart, Borussia Dortmund v RB Leipzig.

Formula One: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps (race day).

Cricket: England v India 3rd Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (England lead series 2-0)

Rugby Union: French Top 14 – Montpellier v Castres

Tennis: ATP Winston-Salem Open, North Carolina, US (till 26 August), WTA Connecticut Open, New Haven, Connecticut, US (till 26 August)

Golf: The Northern Trust Open, Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, New Jersey, US (final day).

Cycling: La Vuelta a Espana, Spain (till 16 September).

Motorcycling: MotoGP rd 12, British Grand Prix, Silverstone, Northants (race day).

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