The sports wrap, Monday 11 November

Sadio Mane heads home Liverpool's third goal in the 3-1 defeat of Manchester City

Liverpool beat Man City to go eight points clear

Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 to go eight points clear ahead of Leicester City at the top of the Premier League. Leicester beat Arsenal 2-0 to move ahead of both Chelsea and defending champions City who slip to fourth position on the table. Newly promoted Sheffield United are fifth after drawing 1-1 at Tottenham Hotspur while Manchester United go sixth with a 3-1 home win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

At Anfield, Liverpool took the lead against Manchester City after only six minutes when Fabinho flashed a 25-yard drive past keeper Claudio Bravo, deputising for injured Ederson, the goal given after a video assistant referee (VAR) check for handball against Trent Alexander-Arnolrd. Mohamed Salah doubled their lead six minutes later, heading in at the far post from Andrew Robertson’s superb cross and it was all over six minutes after the break when Jordan Henderson’s pinpoint delivery lured Bravo into a critical moment of hesitation and Sadio Mané headed in. Bernardo Silva pulled one back with 12 minutes left but it was too late for City, who will rue not making the most of their plentiful possession.

At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 2-0 to record a sixth consecutive Premier League win for the first time since their title-winning season of 2016-17. Frank Lampard’s side sit behind Leicester City in

Tammy Abraham scores the first goal in Chelsea’s victory over Crystal Palace

third place on the ladder on goal difference. Tammy Abraham’s 10th league goal of the season and Christian Pulisic’s header ensured the win against a resolute Palace side who barely got out of their own half during the first period. And after dominating a goalless opening half,

At the King Power Stadium, in-form Leicester City beat Arsenal 2-0 to move into second place above Chelsea and Manchester City.  The 2015-16 champions had looked set to be frustrated as they missed several chances in the first half before Wilfred Ndidi struck the bar early in the second period. But Jamie Vardy finally broke the deadlock as he finished off an excellent team move, firing in his 11th goal of the season after Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans cut open the Arsenal defence. James Maddison then made sure there was no way back for Arsenal with a low strike through Héctor Bellerin’s legs and into the back of the net.

In the Scottish Premiership, Celtic remain top on goal difference following a routine 2-0 victory at home to Motherwell. Odsonne Edouard slammed the champions in front when the ball broke his way in a busy penalty box. The visitors improved after the break as Celtic’s tempo dipped but Richard Tait knocked in an own goal from a Jonny Hayes cross. With Rangers winning by the same scoreline at Livingston, Neil Lennon’s side stay ahead by a one-goal margin. Celtic have now enjoyed seven successive wins in all competitions since losing at Livingston in early October, while this was a fourth clean sheet in a row in the league.

PSG’s win extends Ligue 1 lead to eight points

Argentine Mauro Icardi scored a late winner to help Paris Saint Germain return to winning ways in Ligue 1 with victory at Brest. PSG, who lost to lowly Dijon last weekend, were heading for a second league game without a win after Samuel Grandsir cancelled out Angel di Maria’s opener. But Icardi capitalised on a defensive mix-up in the 85th minute to give the champions a 10th win from 13 games. Marseille moved up to second place eight points behind after a 2-1 win over Lyon on Sunday evening while Angers are one point behind in third after a goalless draw at Reims. Saint-Etienne moved up to fourth after a 3-2 away win over Nantes. Montpellier moved to sixth after an emphatic 3-0 home win over Toulouse. Nimes slipped to bottom place after a 4-1 drubbing at Strasbourg.

In the Spanish La LigaBarcelona’s superstar Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick, including two sublime free-kicks, as the champions returned to winning ways to beat Celta Vigo 4-1 and move top of the table on goal difference from arch rivals Real Madrid. Messi opened

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in Barcelona’s 4-1 defeat of Celta Vigo

the scoring from the penalty spot after Junior Firpo’s cross struck defender Joseph Aidoo’s arm. Lucas Olaza equalised for the visitors with an excellent free-kick, but Messi put the hosts back in front with a similar attempt four minutes later. Messi stepped up again after half-time, before Sergio Busquets added a fourth. Real Madrid defeated Eibar 4-0  with two goals from Karim Benzema to move them into second place one point ahead of city rivals Atletico Madrid who beat Espanyol 3-1.

In the Italian Serie A, Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted for the second straight game as replacement Paulo Dybala scored the winner against AC Milan to return Juventus to the top. Coach Maurizio Sarri made the change after 55 minutes, with Dybala’s goal moving Juve above Inter Milan. Ronaldo, 34, has now been substituted as many times in two games as he was during the whole of last season. Juve struggled at times, with Wojciech Szczesny making several good saves. Juve remain unbeaten, and are one point ahead of Inter, while Milan are in 14th place.

In the German Bundesliga, Borussia Monchengladbach returned to the top  with a 4-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. Marcus Thuram and Oscar Wendt put them 2-0 up before Danny da Costa brought Frankfurt back into the game early in the second half. Nico Elvedi restored the home side’s two-goal lead only for Martin Hinteregger to set up a tense finish. Denis Zakaria’s late goal sealed the win, lifting Marco Rose’s side a point clear of Bayern Munich who thrashed Borussia Dortmund 4-0.. Wolfsburg missed the chance to go second after a goalless draw at home to second-bottom Augsburg, though the point was enough to climb above Borussia Dortmund into fourth.

Saracens move up to second as Northampton lose

Champions Saracens moved up to second place on the Gallagher English Premiership table after beating Gloucester 21-12 while Northampton Saints lost their first match of the season 22-13 at Bath to stay top but only one point ahead. The Sarries silenced the jeers of the Gloucester fans at Kingsholm, in their first game since being given a 35-point deduction and £5.36m fine for salary cap breaches. Despite the boos from the home crowd and without a sizeable number of their England World Cup finalists, they put on an impressive display to get their first win at Kingsholm since October 2015. At Bath, the home side survived conceding a try inside the opening minute and a red card to end Northampton’s unbeaten start. Rory Hutchinson charged down Rhys Priestland’s kick to score early and James Grayson’s penalty put Saints 8-0 up after as many minutes. Bath fought back through Will Chudley’s try and a Priestland penalty put them ahead at the break. Aled Brew saw red before Charlie Ewels and Zach Mercer crossed either side of Tom Wood’s finish.

Lyon beat La Rochelle to cement place at the top

Lyon bounced back from their first defeat of the season at Clermont Auvergne with an emphatic 45-17 victory over La Rochelle to confirm their place at the Top 14 summit, five points ahead of Bordeaux Begles who beat Agen 23-0 at home. Pau are in third place, 14 points adrift of Lyon with Bayonne fifth on points difference. Montpellier who drew 19-19 at Toulon are seventh on the ladder. Lyon scored

Baptiste Couilloud scores one of his two tries in Lyon’s victory over La Rochelle

five tries but took some time to impose themselves on La Rochelle. After quickly taking a 7-0 lead, then 10-5 with a penalty, they increased their advantage to 19-0 with two tries from Dylan Cretin and Baptiste Couilloud. With the help of the boot of Jonathan Wisniewski they went into the break with a comfortable 24-10 lead. Couilloud, Charlie Ngatai and Loann Goujon added tries in the second half to confirm Lyon’s place at the top of the Top 14 table.

France beat Australia in Fed Cup final in Perth

France won the deciding tennis doubles rubber to claim a first Fed Cup title since 2003 in Perth on Sunday.  Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia beat world No.1 Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur 6-4 6-3 to seal a 3-2 victory, denying Australia a first Fed Cup in 45 years. Earlier, Mladenovic shocked Barty in the singles but Ajla Tomljanovic beat Pauline Parmentier to level. “I’m the proudest man on the planet.

The French team celebrate their victory over Australia in the Fed Cup

I am going to have a lot of beers,” said French captain Julien Benneteau. Mladenovic and Garcia embraced on the floor on the baseline after the winning point, with their team racing to pile on top of them as France won the Fed Cup for a third time. “I’m not sure I’ve completely realised, because it’s been a crazy weekend for everyone,” Garcia said. “The doubles went very fast, but we played every point so focused, and we played a great match and it was very tense.” Australia have now lost the last nine Fed Cup finals they have played in.

Djokovic makes winning start in ATP Finals

Novak Djokovic made a winning start at the ATP Finals at London’s O2 Arena but Roger Federer was beaten by Dominic Thiem in his opener. Djokovic, who is chasing a record-equalling sixth title and trying to overhaul Rafael Nadal as world No.1, was imperious, beating Italian eighth seed Matteo Berrettini 6-2 6-1. But Federer lost 7-5 7-5 against fifth seed Thiem. The Swiss was uncharacteristically wayward while Thiem impressed with his powerful hitting. Federer and Djokovic meet later in Group Bjorn Borg, their first match since their marathon Wimbledon final last July and one Federer may now have to win to reach the semi-finals of the season-ending championships. Djokovic can overtake Nadal and become year-end No.1 this week but must reach the final to stand a chance. Nadal is in Group Andre Agassi but is an injury doubt for the tournament with a stomach muscle issue, although the Spaniard said on Friday that he is confident of playing against Alexander Zverev in his opener on Monday

England beat NZ in thriller to win Twenty20 series

England beat New Zealand in another super over to win a thrilling final Twenty20 and take the series 3-2. In a repeat of July’s World Cup final the scores were tied at the end of a wildly unpredictable game in Auckland. New Zealand plundered 146 for five from 11 overs in a rain-shortened match, and it took Chris Jordan hitting 12 off the final three deliveries to take the game to a super over. Jonny Bairstow, who earlier struck 47 off 18 balls, and captain Eoin Morgan scored 17 off England’s six deliveries, before Jordan limited New Zealand to eight. It was a remarkable finish to a game that contained a staggering 29 sixes in 24 overs. While England, who won the World Cup final by virtue of scoring more boundaries, held their nerve in admittedly less pressurised circumstances, New Zealand will take little comfort from once again missing out by the thinnest of margins. In Perth,  Pakistan were left humbled and humiliated by Australia’s miserly bowling unit, which set up a comprehensive 10-wicket victory for the home side in the third Twenty20 international on Friday and ensured a 2-0 triumph in the rain-affected series.

Hatton wins Turkish Open in dramatic play-off

England’s Tyrrell Hatton has won the Turkish Open at the fourth extra hole following a dramatic six-man play-off. Ryder Cup player Hatton, 28, claimed the title after Austria’s Matthias Schwab missed a short par putt. They finished under floodlights after six players had tied on 20 under par. American Kurt Kitayama was knocked out after three holes while

England’s Tyrrell Hatton wins the Turkish Open after a dramatic six-man play-off

French duo Benjamin Hebert and Victor Perez, and South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen were eliminated at the first extra hole. It was an incredible afternoon at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course which ended with the first six-man play-off on the European Tour since 2003. And it needed four goes at the 18th hole, a par five of 558 yards, to decide the outcome. It was Hatton’s fourth European Tour title and his first since winning the Italian Open in October 2017. He takes a first prize of $2m (£1.56m) and jumps up to sixth in the Race to Dubai standings with only two events of the season remaining.

Robertson wins Champion of Champions final

World No.4 Neil Robertson won a dramatic Champion of Champions final by beating Judd Trump 10-9 on Sunday night.  In a high-quality match in Coventry, Robertson led the world No.1 5-4 at the end of the afternoon session. The players were then locked at 8-8 when Trump got a snooker he needed and cleared up from the blue to go 9-8 up. Robertson needed a snooker in the next and got it before potting a re-spotted black to take the match into a decider, which he won with a 137 break. It was the Australian’s fifth century of the match and helped earn him the £150,000 top prize.  Trump, who hit three centuries, was left to rue a missed red into the middle pocket when he was on the brink of victory at 9-8 up and on a break of 69. It allowed Robertson back into the match as he got a snooker, and he potted the remaining reds with the black to tie the scores and secured the frame with a re-spotted black.

GB lose second rugby league Test to New Zealand

Great Britain fell to their third straight tour defeat, losing 23-8 to New Zealand in the second Test between the sides at Christchurch. After an early penalty apiece, Joseph Manu and Shaun Johnson tries plus Jamayne Isaako’s goals left the Lions staring at a 16-2 half-time deficit. Ken Maumalo added to their angst after the break, before Josh Hodgson’s score gave the tourists some belief. Isaako’s drop goal and penalty late on was a layer of gloss for the hosts. The Lions’ return after 12 years away has turned out to be something of a damp squib, with this loss as disappointing as any of the three games so far in terms of both performance and result. A tally of just three tries in the three Tests has highlighted a lack of penetration, which has proved costly despite some dogged defence throughout the series.

Wigan’s Tom Davies signs two-year deal with Dragons

Catalans Dragons have signed winger Tom Davies from Wigan Warriors on a two-year contract. He progressed through Wigan’s youth system, making his Super League debut in 2017, scoring 14 tries in 24 appearances. The 22-year-old made 309 metres, the second highest ever in a Super League game, in a 2018

Wigan’s Tom Davies signs for Catalans Dragons

win against the Perpignan-based Dragons. Davies suffered an ankle injury in April 2019 which sidelined him for the rest of the season. “I know how much Steve [McNamara] and the squad want to win trophies and that’s what really drew me to the club knowing they had big ambitions,” Davies said. The Dragons had a forgettable end to their Super League campaign in 2019 after failing out on the qualifying finals when a fine run of form had sent them up to fourth at one stage. They ended the season in seventh position.

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Calendar Keynotes: 11-17 November

Calendar Keynotes: 11-17 November

Monday, 11 November

Tennis: Nitto ATP Finals, O2 Arena, London (till 17 November).

Cricket: New Zealand XI v England, Whangarei (till 13 November).

Tuesday, 12 November

Tennis: Nitto ATP Finals, O2 Arena, London (till 17 November).

Cricket: New Zealand XI v England, Whangarei (till 13 November).

Wednesday, 13 November

Tennis: Nitto ATP Finals, O2 Arena, London (till 17 November).

Cricket: New Zealand XI v England, Whangarei (final day).

Thursday, 14 November

Football: European Championship qualifying – Group A, Czech Republic v Kosovo, England v Montenegro, Group B, Portugal v Lithuania, Serbia v Luxembourg, Group H, Turkey v Iceland, Albania v Andorra, France v Moldova.

Tennis: Nitto ATP Finals, O2 Arena, London (till 17 November).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Mayakoba Golf Classic, El Camaleon GC, Playa del Carmen, Mexico (till 17 November), PGA European Tour, Nedbank Golf Challenge, Gary Player GC, Sun City, South Africa (till 17 November).

Cricket: India v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Indore (till 18 November).

Friday,15 November  

Football: European Championship qualifying – Group J, Armenia v Greece, Finland v Liechtenstein, Bosnia-Herzegovina v Italy, Group D, Denmark v Gibraltar, Switzerland v Georgia, Group F, Norway v Faroe Islands, Romania v Sweden, Spain v Malta.

Rugby Union: European Champions Cup – Pool 5, Gloucester v Toulouse. European Challenge Cup – Pool 1, Kranoyarsk v Worcester, Pool 2, Bayonne v Toulon, Pool 3, Agen v Edinburgh, Pool 4, Stade Francaise v Brive.

Formula One – Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paolo (till 17 November)

Tennis: Nitto ATP Finals, O2 Arena, London (till 17 November).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Mayakoba Golf Classic, El Camaleon GC, Playa del Carmen, Mexico (till 17 November), PGA European Tour, Nedbank Golf Challenge, Gary Player GC, Sun City, South Africa (till 17 November).

Cricket: India v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Indore (till 18 November).

Saturday, 16 November 

Football: European Championship qualifying – Group C, Germany v Belarus, Northern Ireland v Netherlands, Group E, Azerbaijan v Wales, Croatia v Slovakia, Austria v North Macedonia, Israel v Poland, Group I, Cyprus v Scotland, Russia v Belgium, San Marino v Kazakhstan.

Rugby Union: European Champions Cup – Pool 1, Leinster v Benetton, Pool 2, Glasgow v Sale, La Rochelle v Exeter, Pool 3, Bath v Ulster, Clermont Auvergne v Harlequins, Pool 4, Ospreys v Munster. European Challenge Cup – Pool 1, Dragons v Casters, Pool 2, Scarlets v London Irish, Pool 3 Bordeaux Begles v Wasps, Pool 4, Bristol v Zebre, Pool 5, Rugby Calvisano v Cardiff Blues, Leicester v Pau.

Formula One – Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paolo (till 17 November)

Tennis: Nitto ATP Finals, O2 Arena, London (till 17 November).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Mayakoba Golf Classic, El Camaleon GC, Playa del Carmen, Mexico (till 17 November), PGA European Tour, Nedbank Golf Challenge, Gary Player GC, Sun City, South Africa (till 17 November).

Cricket: India v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Indore (till 18 November).

Sunday, 17 November

Football  European Championship qualifying – Group A, Bulgaria v Czech Republic, Kosovo v England, Group B, Luxembourg v Portugal, Serbia v Ukraine, Group H, Albania v France, Andorra v Turkey, Moldova v Iceland.

Rugby Union: European Champions Cup – Pool 1, Northampton Saints v Lyon, Pool 4, Racing 92 v Saracens, Pool 5, Connacht v Montpellier.

Formula One – Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paolo (race day).

Tennis: Nitto ATP Finals, O2 Arena, London (final day).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Mayakoba Golf Classic, El Camaleon GC, Playa del Carmen, Mexico (final day), PGA European Tour, Nedbank Golf Challenge, Gary Player GC, Sun City, South Africa (final day).

Cricket: India v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Indore (till 18 November).

Motorcycling: MotoGP rd 19, Valencia Community Grand Prix, Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain.