Last week began well for Arsene Wenger and his side as they travelled to Udinese for the second leg of their Champions League qualifying campaign. His side managed a 1-2 win over the Italian side to win 3-1overall in aggregate. However, Arsenal did not get much respite from critics, as Manchester United destroyed them 8-2, which included a Rooney hat-trick and a Young brace. On the other side of Manchester, Man City beat Tottenham 5-1 in another impressive display. Tottenham had even rested the majority of their first team against Hearts during a midweek 0-0 draw in anticipation of this important clash.
Hearts weren’t the only Scottish team to crash out of the Europa League qualifying rounds, as Rangers and Celtic joined them. This means there is no Scottish teams in either of the two European cups for the first time since their inception. Stoke, Fulham and Birmingham fared better as all three teams secured their places in the next round.
At the IAAF World Championship in Daegu the Men’s 100m final ended in a dramatic fashion, as Usain Bolt was disqualified for a false start. This meant fellow countryman Yohan Blake was able to take gold. Mo Farah took silver in the 10,000m as he was overtaken in the final metres by Ibrahim Jeilan of Ethiopia. There was further controversy in the men’s 110m hurdles final, as Cuba’s Dayron Robles was disqualified for colliding with Liu Xiang on the final hurdle. This meant Britain’s Andy Turner picked up the bronze medal after finishing in fourth.
In Formula One, Renault demoted Nick Heidfeld due to a series of poor results, Bruno Senna, nephew of Ayrton Senna, took his seat for the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday. Vettel extended his lead in the Championship, as the Red Bull driver took first place ahead of his team mate, Webber in second. Jenson Button took the final place on the podium with an impressive display showcasing his overtaking skills after falling to 19th due to damage to his front wing. Michael Schumacher showed his class, as he celebrated his 20th anniversary of his first race in F1. He managed to finish fifth after starting on the grid in last place, 24th.
In Rugby League’s Challenge Cup final Wigan triumphed against Leeds 28-18. Wigan completely dominated the first half an hour taking a 16-0 lead, but Leeds wrestled themselves back into the game with tries from Ryan Hall, Ben Jones-Bishop and Carl Ablett. Hall set up a nail-biting finale, as he scored in the left hand corner to take the score to 22-18. Leuluai managed to secure victory for Wigan by diving over the line to secure the trophy.
In Rugby Union England beat Ireland in both team’s final warm up game before they start their world cup campaign. It was a scrappy match, but England proved to be the better side, as Tuilagi scored early on. The two sides exchanged penalties throughout the game, but Ireland never got close to scoring a try, as England soaked up any pressure. Tindall secured the victory for England with an excellent chip through Ireland’s defence for Delon Armitage to dive on. The game finished 9-20 and means Ireland have lost all four of their warm-up games. They need to up their game in New Zealand next month otherwise they are heading for an early exit.
The US Open began yesterday, (Monday) and the young British women performed well as Watson scared Sharapova by taking the first set. In the second set Watson continued to perform and pushed Sharapova to 5-5 until the Russian managed to win the second and third set. Laura Robson made it to through to the second round in her first US Open, as her opponent Ayumi Morita retired with a shoulder injury. Robson won the first set 7-6 and led 1-0 in the second before Morita retired.