The sports wrap 29 April 2019

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Goal-line technology gives Manchester City a winning goal from Sergio Aguero against Burnley to keep them one point ahead of Liverpool in the English Premiership with two matches to play

Manchester City win again to close in on Premiership

Manchester City are just two wins away from keeping their Premier League title after beating Burnley 1-0 to go one point ahead of rivals Liverpool who once again briefly took over top spot following a 5-0 thumping of relegated Huddersfield Town on Friday night. Below them, the teams chasing a Champions League place next season are stumbling along – third-placed Tottenham Hotspur going down to West Ham United 1-0 at home and North London rivals Arsenal getting easily beaten 3-0 at Leicester City with two goals from Jamie Vardy for a third successive league defeat. Chelsea, bidding to go third, drew 1-1 at sixth-placed Manchester United.

At Turf Moor, Sergio Aguero’s second-half goal gave Manchester City a scrappy victory over Burnley. Aguero’s 64th-minute goal – bundled in and given via goal-line technology and despite an attempted clearance – summed up much of City’s performance as Burnley’s organisation and resilience threatened to keep them out. It was City’s 12th successive league win. Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton also saved from Aguero, Aymeric Laporte and Bernardo Silva in a City performance that was average – but the main priority of three points was achieved and they know victory at home to Leicester City and away at Brighton will ensure they keep the crown.

At Anfield on Friday night, Liverpool thrashed Huddersfield Town 5-0 with Naby Keita’s goal after 15 seconds setting the tone for a dominant display and setting a record for the Reds’ quickest strike in a Premier League match. Sadio Mane made it 2-0, Salah then lobbed Town goalkeeper Jonas Lossl on the stroke of half-time to deliver a third. After the break, Mane headed in his second from Jordan Henderson’s cross while his Egyptian team-mate Salah converted from another Robertson delivery in the closing stages to move on to 21 goals. Liverpool are on 91 points and no team has ever reached this number and not gone on to win the title.

At Old Trafford, a mistake by out-of-form goalkeeper David de Gea gifted Chelsea an equaliser as Manchester United’s hopes of Champions League were dented. With United leading through Juan Mata’s goal against his former club, De Gea spilled Antonio Rudiger’s 30-yard attempt for Marcos Alonso to level shortly before the interval. Up until Chelsea’s equaliser, United had been in control yet they remain sixth in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with two games remaining.

Bottas beats Hamilton in F1 to go top of standings

Mercedes set an all-time record of four consecutive one-twos at the start of a season as Finn Valtteri Bottas beat Lewis Hamilton to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday. For the fourth race in a row, Ferrari were unable to challenge Mercedes – and again there were questions about the strategy chosen by the Italian team. Sebastian Vettel finished third, never very far behind the Mercedes, but team-mate Charles Leclerc finished fifth when it looked for a while as if he might have been able to take fourth ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Leclerc’s consolation on a weekend that he had looked like dominating until crashing in qualifying was a point for fastest lap. The result makes Mercedes the first team ever to start the season in such a dominant fashion and puts their drivers in an enviable position in the championship. Bottas returns to the lead of the championship, leading Briton Hamilton by the point he gained for fastest lap in Australia. Vettel is 35 points behind.

Rennes shock PSG in Coupe de France final

Rennes stunned Paris St-Germain on penalties to win their first Coupe de France since 1971. Ligue 1 champions PSG, who had won the cup for the past four years, led 2-0 through a Dani Alves volley and chip from Brazilian Neymar, starting his first game since January following a foot injury. But Rennes levelled through a Presnel Kimpembe own goal and a Mexer header. French international striker Kylian Mbappe was sent off for a bad foul in extra time, while Christopher Nkunku missed the decisive penalty. PSG, who were

Rennes shock Paris Saint Germain in a penalty shoot-out to win the Coupe de France on Saturday

looking for a fourth domestic double in five years, had looked in complete control as they took a 2-0 lead within 21 minutes. Alves hit a stunning volley from Neymar’s corner, before the forward lobbed goalkeeper Tomas Koubek from the edge of the box to double their lead. But the game was turned around when Kimpembe turned a cross into his own net and Mexer scored the equaliser. It was a first cup      final defeat since 2011 for PSG, who had won five consecutive French League Cups before going out in the quarter-finals this year. In Ligue 1, Lille cemented their second place 16 points behind PSG with a comfortable 5-0 home win over Nimes. Lyon lie third after a 3-2 away win at Bordeaux.

In the Spanish La Liga, Barcelona wrapped up their 26th title with a laboured 1-0 victory over Levante thanks to a goal from second-half substitute Lionel Messi. The Argentina forward, rested ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, came on at the interval following a goalless first half and scored just after the hour. He latched on to Arturo Vidal’s header and beat two defenders before stroking the ball past Aitor Fernandez. Atletico Madrid lie second in the table, nine points behind, after a 1-0 home victory over Real Valladolid.

In the Italian Serie A,  Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 600th club goal of his career as league champions Juventus drew 1-1 away at Inter Milan. The Portuguese striker’s low strike, following a back-heel from team-mate Miralem Pjanic, brought Juventus level at the San Siro. Radja Nainggolan had given the hosts the lead with a spectacular 25-yard volley after Matteo Politano’s flick. Ronaldo has now scored 27 goals for Juventus after five for Sporting Lisbon, 118 at Manchester United and 450 for Real Madrid. Juventus now hold an 18-point lead over second-placed Napoli who beat lowly Frosinone 2-0 away from home on Sunday.

In the German Bundesliga, England international teenager Jadon Sancho was hit by a lighter from the crowd as nine-man Borussia Dortmund lost 4-2 at home to local rivals Schalke to dent their title dreams. However, defending champions Bayern Munich battled to a 1-1 draw at lowly 1. FC Nuremburg on Sunday night and are only two points ahead at the top of the table. Dortmund led when Mario Gotze headed in from Sancho’s aerial pass, but the Englishman needed treatment after being hit during the celebrations. Daniel Caligiuri levelled with a penalty and set up Salif Sane’s header before scoring a second goal. Axel Witsel briefly gave Dortmund hope before Breel Embolo’s 20-yard clincher.

Kipchoge makes it four London Marathon wins in a row

Imperious Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge led from start to finish to clinch his fourth London Marathon crown on Sunday, with Britain’s Mo Farah unable to challenge the leaders down in fifth. Kipchoge — who smashed the world record by over a minute when winning the Berlin Marathon last year with a time of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds — strode clear of the field to win with the second fastest ever marathon time of 2:02:37. Having ran the first kilometre at world record pace out in front,

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge breaks the tape in record breaking fourth consecutive London Marathon victory

Kipchoge clocked an identical 10km time as he did when breaking the world record in Berlin, before coming through the halfway point at 01:01:37.  Ethiopian duo Mosinet Geremew and Mule Wasihun kept up with Kipchoge, but the Kenyan pulled clear in the last two miles, winning with a course-record time, ahead of Geremew and Wasihun. Farah, multi-Olympic, world and European champion over 10,000 and 5,000 metres, finished fifth, with a time outside his personal best. In the women’s marathon, Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei, 25, became the youngest female London winner. Kosgei beat defending champion and compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot to win for the first time in London. She crossed the finish line in 2:18:20, almost two minutes ahead of Cheruiyot as Roza Dereje of Ethiopia finished third.

Saracens sting Wasps to cement second place

Saracens ran in three first-half tries to beat Wasps 31-14 and consolidate second place in the Premiership table nine points behind Exeter Chiefs who struggled to beat Harlequins 17-15. They are both well ahead of third-placed Gloucester  Ben Spencer’s interception try opened the scoring early on before an Owen Farrell penalty and a Liam Williams try put Sarries 15-0 up after 20 minutes.Lima Sopoanga’s first Wasps try was cancelled out by a Will Skelton effort and two more Farrell penalties. Farrell kicked a fourth penalty before Nathan Hughes’ consolation try for Wasps with Sarries down to 14 men. Wasps are seventh in the Premiership, four points off the final play-off place with two games to go, while Saracens need one more win to guarantee second place and a home semi-final in the play-offs. At Sandy Park, a lacklustre Exeter edged past Harlequins and now need one more win to ensure they end the season on top of the table. The hosts took just 80 seconds for Ollie Devoto to get the first try before Nic White got their second 10 minutes later after a 27-phase move. Marcus Smith’s penalty made it 12-3 at the break, but Harry Williams went over six minutes after the restart. Quins dominated large parts of the half and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne and Charlie Walker went over with Exeter down to 14 men, but they fell agonisingly short.

Toulouse edge Castres to move clear in Top 14

Toulouse are seven points clear at the Top 14 summit after they edged last season’s champions Castres 21-20 away from home, thanks to the boot of French international full-back Thomas Ramos. Clermont Auvergne remain second after a 41-25 away win at Stade Francais on Sunday. At the other end of the table, Perpignan as expected were relegated after a 49-29 home defeat to La Rochelle. For Toulouse, Ramos kicked all the visitors’ points, Florian Vialelle and Rory Kockott crossing for Castres while they were also awarded a penalty try. This home loss sees Castres in fourth position one point above Racing 92 who surprisingly went down 29-37 to lowly Pau.

Thomas Ramos scored all Toulouse’s 21 points in their victory over Castres in the French Top 14

Castres led 7-6 at the break thanks to the penalty try that came on the stroke of half-time, Ramos having added six points. But after the interval Ramos’ boot began to nudge Toulouse in front as they moved into a 15-7 advantage coming up to the hour. Two quick-fire scores from Vialelle and Kockott in the next four minutes thrust Castres back in front at 17-15 before Ramos and Benjamin Urdapilleta traded a penalty apiece at goal and then Ramos stepped up to fire over the match-winner with three minutes remaining on the clock. Meanwhile, Montpellier moved up to seventh place on the table after a 47-12 home win over 13th-placed Grenoble.

Galthie to replace Brunel after Rugby World Cup

Former France scrum-half Fabien Galthie will replace Jacques Brunel as the country’s head coach after this year’s Rugby World Cup, French Rugby Federation chief Bernard Laporte has said. “I’ve named Fabien Galthie as coach,” Laporte told French newspaper Berry Republicain. Galthie played 64 times for France and captained the side to a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2002 and also led them at the 2003 World Cup. Brunel’s contract expires at the end of the World Cup and amateur clubs had voted against the idea of bringing in a foreign coach in a referendum initiated by Laporte earlier this month.The Rugby World Cup begins on Sept. 20 in Japan and France begin their campaign a day later against Argentina in Pool C.

Béziers beat Vannes to stay on track for qualifiers

Béziers stayed in the mix for a place in the qualifying Pro D2 finals with a vital 27-23 home win over fifth-placed Vannes. The Biterrois are now on 74 points in sixth place, the same as seventh-placed Nevers . Down 6-13 at half-time, Les Biterrois turned it round after the break to beat the Bretons. It was a tense, dramatic match for the home crowd who saw their team go into the break guilty of indiscipline and heading for defeat. The second half started badly with a quick try for the away side and it was not until the 54th minute that

Beziers on the attack in their vital 27-23 home victory over Vannes which puts them in sixth place

Les Biterrois put a try on the board from Arnaud Pic. Twelve minutes later, Thomas Hoarau added to the score with a try in the 66th minute. It set the scene for a frantic last 10 minutes with a penalty try awarded to Béziers in the 73rd minute with a Vannes try through Faraj Fartass two minutes later. But the home side held out for their four-point victory. At the top of the table, Brive are four points clear of Oyonnax whom they beat 22-10 away from home in a top-of-the-table clash. Mont-de-Marsan lie third after a convincing 48-22 home win over lowly Bourg-en-Bresse.

St Helens gain revenge with easy win over Dragons

Super League leaders St Helens atoned for this season’s only defeat as they comfortably saw off Challenge Cup holders Catalans Dragons with a 50-14 home victory. Saints, who went down 18-10 in Perpignan on 6 April, this time ran in nine tries to win easily. Against the side who stunned Saints 35-16 in the Challenge Cup semi nine months ago, this was a different story. Matty Costello claimed a second-half hat-trick, while Danny Richardson kicked seven goals. Adam Swift, Zeb Taia, Aaron Smith all crossed before the break, while there were second-half scores from Theo Fages, Dominque Peyroux and Jack Welsby. Catalans actually opened the scoring through Brayden Wiliame, who scored again before the break, while Wigan old boy Sam Tomkins kicked their only goal with Lewis Tierney grabbing a third try. The loss means the Dragons remain in sixth place on the table with 14 points, the same as Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity who are ahead on points difference.

Thiem beats Medvedev to win Barcelona Open

World No.5 Dominic Thiem won his first Barcelona Open title with a comfortable victory over Russia’s Daniil Medvedev on Sunday. The 25-year-old Austrian  was broken early on but then took 12 of the next 13 games to win 6-4 6-0 in one hour 13 minutes. Thiem ended Rafael Nadal’s hopes of a 12th title in the clay tournament in Saturday’s semi-final having lost to the Spaniard in the 2017 final. After going 3-0 down, Thiem used drop shots to continually trouble world No.14 Medvedev, who also required treatment on his right shoulder. In Stuttgart, world No.3 Petra Kvitova beat Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-3 7-6(2) to win Stuttgart’s Porsche Grand Prix on Sunday for her second title of the year as she prepares for next month’s French Open. Czech Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, broke her opponent to go 4-2 up in the first set and served out the set a little later on the quick indoor clay courts in Stuttgart.

Russia’s Sivakov wins Tour of the Alps title

Team Sky’s Pavel Sivakov secured the Tour of the Alps title, with team-mate Tao Geoghegan Hart second, in the British outfit’s final stage race before becoming Team Ineos. Russian Sivakov claimed his first race win by 27 seconds over Geoghegan Hart. The 21-year-old withstood a long-range attack from Fausto Masnada, who took the stage win in Bolzano, Italy. Team Sky dominated the five-day race, with Geoghegan Hart winning two stages and Sivakov one as both prospects took their first professional victories this week. However, Chris Froome, who is trying to hit top form in time for the start of his bid for a fifth Tour de France title when the race starts on 6 July in Brussels, struggled early in the race and shifted into a support role. Italy’s Masnada started the final stage three minutes 37 seconds back on Sivakov but got in the breakaway and moved into the virtual overall lead on the 147.8km. Froome paced the group of favourites up the San Genesio climb to bring down Masnada’s advantage before handing over to Geoghegan Hart. Vincenzo Nibali, who finished third overall, then made a series of attacks, with Sivakov responding each time.

Fuglsang wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege one-day classic

Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang claimed the biggest win of his career with a solo victory in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege one-day classic in Belgium on Sunday. The Astana rider dropped his rivals on the last climb with 13km to go and stayed ahead, despite nearly crashing on a wet descent in the final 5km.

Jakob Fuglsang completes an impressive win in Liege

Italy’s Davide Formolo finished second, with Germany’s Maximilian Schachmann third and Britain’s Adam Yates fourth. “That slide was a scary moment,” said Fuglsang, 34. It is the first ‘monument’ victory of Fuglsang’s career. The five monuments are cycling’s oldest and most prestigious one-day races, with Il Lombardia the only one remaining this season on 12 October.

For reports on all the weekend sporting events go to: 

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Calendar Keynotes: 29 April – 5 May

Monday, 29 April

Football: Italian Serie A – Atalanta v Udinese.

Tennis: ATP BMW Open, Munich, Germany (till 5 May), ATP Millennium Estoril Open, Lisbon, Portugal (till 5 May), WTA S.A.R La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Rabat Morocco (till 5 May), WTA J&T Banka Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic (till 5 May).

Basketball: NBA semi-finals –  Eastern Conference, Philadelphia 76ers v Toronto Raptors, game 2 (at Raptors), Western Conference, Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers, game 2 (at Nuggets).

Snooker: Betfred World Championships, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK (till 6 May).

Tuesday, 30 April

Football: European Champions League semi-finals – Tottenham Hotspur v Ajax, French Ligue 1 – Montpellier v Paris Saint Germain.

Tennis: ATP BMW Open, Munich, Germany (till 5 May), ATP Millennium Estoril Open, Lisbon, Portugal (till 5 May), WTA S.A.R La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Rabat Morocco (till 5 May), WTA J&T Banka Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic (till 5 May).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Tour de Romandie, Switzerland (till 5 May).

Basketball: NBA semi-finals – Western Conference – Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors, game 2 (at Warriors)), Eastern Conference – Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics, game 2 (at Bucks).

Snooker: Betfred World Championships, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK (till 6 May).

Wednesday, 1 May

Football: European Champions League semi-finals – Barcelona v Liverpool.

Tennis: ATP BMW Open, Munich, Germany (till 5 May), ATP Millennium Estoril Open, Lisbon, Portugal (till 5 May), WTA S.A.R La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Rabat Morocco (till 5 May), WTA J&T Banka Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic (till 5 May).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Tour de Romandie, Switzerland (till 5 May), UCI World Tour – Eschborn – Frankfurt, Germany, UCI Europe Tour – Tour de Yorkshire, UK (till 5 May).

Snooker: Betfred World Championships, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK (till 6 May).

Thursday, 2 May  

Football: Europe League semi-finals – Arsenal v Valencia, Eintracht Frankfurt v Chelsea.

Rugby League : Super League – Wigan Warriors v London Broncos.

Tennis: ATP BMW Open, Munich, Germany (till 5 May), ATP Millennium Estoril Open, Lisbon, Portugal (till 5 May), WTA S.A.R La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Rabat Morocco (till 5 May), WTA J&T Banka Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic (till 5 May).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina, US (till 5 May), European PGA Tour, Volvo China Open, The Tradition at Wolong Valley, Chengdu, Sichuan Province (till 5 May).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Tour de Romandie, Switzerland (till 5 May), UCI Europe Tour – Tour de Yorkshire, UK (till 5 May).

Basketball: NBA semi-finals – Eastern Conference, Philadelphia 76ers v Toronto Raptors, game 3 (at 76ers)

Snooker: Betfred World Championships, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK (till 6 May).

Friday, 3 May  

Football: French Ligue 1 – Strasbourg v Marseille, Spanish La Liga – Sevilla v Leganes, Italian Serie A – Juventus v Torino, German Bundesliga – Mainz 05 v RB Leipzig.

Rugby Union – Gallagher English Premiership – Bristol v Sale, Harlequins v Leicester Tigers.

Rugby League: Super League – Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves, Salford Red Devils v Leeds Rhinos, Hull FC v Catalans Dragons, Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield Trinity.

Cricket: Ireland v England, ODI, Dublin.

Tennis: ATP BMW Open, Munich, Germany (till 5 May), ATP Millennium Estoril Open, Lisbon, Portugal (till 5 May), WTA S.A.R La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Rabat Morocco (till 5 May), WTA J&T Banka Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic (till 5 May).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina, US (till 5 May), European PGA Tour, Volvo China Open, The Tradition at Wolong Valley, Chengdu, Sichuan Province (till 5 May).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Tour de Romandie, Switzerland (till 5 May), UCI Europe Tour – Tour de Yorkshire, UK (till 5 May).

Athletics: IAAF Diamond League, Doha, Qatar.

Basketball: NBA semi-finals – Eastern Conference, Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics, game 3 (at Celtics),Western Conference, Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers, game 3 (at Trail Blazers).

Snooker: Betfred World Championships, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK (till 6 May).

Saturday, 4 May

Football: English Premier League – AFC Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur, Cardiff City v Crystal Palace, Newcastle United v Liverpool, Scottish Premiership – Aberdeen v Celtic, Hearts v Kilmarnock, St Johnstone v Livingston, French Ligue 1, Paris Saint Germain v Nice, Bordeaux v Angers, Reims v Nimes, Spanish La Liga – Espanyol v Atletico Madrid, Celta Vigo v Barcelona, Italian Serie A – Udinese v Inter Milan, German Bundesliga – Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayern Munich v Hannover 96, Werder Bremen v Borussia Dortmund.

Rugby Union: Gallagher English Premiership – Gloucester v Newcastle Falcons, Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors, Saracens v Exeter Chiefs. Bath v Wasps, French Top 14 – Toulouse v Pau, Clermont Auvergne v Perpignan, Castres v Montpellier, La Rochelle v Toulon.

Tennis: ATP BMW Open, Munich, Germany (till 5 May), ATP Millennium Estoril Open, Lisbon, Portugal (till 5 May), WTA S.A.R La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Rabat Morocco (till 5 May), WTA J&T Banka Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic (till 5 May).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina, US (till 5 May), European PGA Tour, Volvo China Open, The Tradition at Wolong Valley, Chengdu, Sichuan Province (till 5 May).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Tour de Romandie, Switzerland (till 5 May), UCI Europe Tour – Tour de Yorkshire, UK (till 5 May).

NBA semi-finals – Western Conference, Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors, game 3 (at Houston).

Snooker: Betfred World Championships, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK (till 6 May).

Sunday, 5 May

Football: English Premier League – Chelsea v Watford, Huddersfield Town v Manchester United, Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion, Scottish Premiership – Rangers v Hibernian, French Ligue 1 – Montpellier v Amiens, Toulouse v Rennes, Monaco v Sainte-Etienne, Lyon v Lille, Spanish La Liga – Real Madrid v Villareal, Real Valladolid v Athletic Bilbao, Huesca v Valencia, Italian Serie A  – Lazio v Atalanta, Genoa v Roma, Napoli v Calgiari, German Bundesliga – Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Eintracht Frankfurt.

Rugby Union: Gallagher English Premiership – Bath v Wasps, French Top 14 – Lyon v Bordeaux Begles, Racing 92 v Stade Francais.

Rugby League: Super League – Hull KR v St Helens.

Cricket: England v Pakistan, Twenty20, Cardiff.

Tennis: ATP BMW Open, Munich, Germany (final day), ATP Millennium Estoril Open, Lisbon, Portugal (final day), WTA S.A.R La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Rabat Morocco (final day), WTA J&T Banka Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic (final day).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina, US (final day), European PGA Tour, Volvo China Open, The Tradition at Wolong Valley, Chengdu, Sichuan Province (final day).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Tour de Romandie, Switzerland (till 5 May), UCI Europe Tour – Tour de Yorkshire, UK (till 5 May).

Basketball: NBA semi-finals – Eastern Conference, Philadelphia 76ers v Toronto Raptors, game 4 (at 76ers), Western Conference, Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers, game 4 (at Trail Blazers).

Snooker: Betfred World Championships, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK (till 6 May).