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Easter in images: Coral Classic, World T20, Three Lions roar in Germany

Sam Barnard, Jamie Clark and Holly Thackeray | March 28, 2016

The four-day Easter weekend is always an auspicious time for sport, and 2016 has been no different.

England’s national football and cricket teams have been in action over it, plus Coral’s very own Easter Classic proved the centrepiece of horse racing’s All Weather Finals day at Lingfield on Good Friday.

Relive these moments with us in photographic form…

Grendisar lives up to star billing

Grendisar

Marco Botti gelding Grendisar was the hot favourite to win the Coral Easter Classic, which represents the middle distance racers for All Weather Finals day, and he did not disappoint.

Quickening to lead inside the final furlong, Gendisar was guided to glory by Adam Kirby, finishing ahead of Fire Fighting by a length.

California dreaming for Chrome in Dubai World Cup

Mideast Emirates Dubai World Cup Horse Racing

Meydan racecourse in the United Arab Emirates hosted the Dubai World Cup meeting, which is easily the most international event in horse racing.

With $10m on offer to the winner of the Dubai World Cup race itself, American chestnut horse California Chrome stormed to success in the feature race by 3 3/4 lengths.

England edge through to semis at expense of title holders Sri Lanka

India World T20 Cricket England Sri Lanka

In a qualify or be eliminated encounter, England were seemingly cruising to the semi-finals when they restricted Sri Lanka to 15-4 in their reply.

However, a terrific fifth-wicket partnership put the defending champions on the front, but thankfully Eoin Morgan’s men scraped through for face New Zealand after some brilliant death bowling from Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes.

Aussies exit World Twenty20 after courageous Kohli knock

India World T20 Cricket India Australia

Australia crashed out of the World Twenty20 after being stunned by Virat Kohli’s wonder-knock of 82 not out off 51 balls to help send hosts India through to the semis. They have set up a clash with the West Indies.

Brook defends IBF world title again

Kell Brook v Kevin Bizier - Sheffield Arena

Kell Brook made light work of his IBF World Welterweight Championship defence over Kevin Bizier after a second round stoppage in front of his home Sheffield crowd.

Day on top of the world again after Texas triumph

Match Play Golf

After the cricket, Australia had something to cheer about as Jason Day regained both the WGC-Dell Match Play as well as the world number one position after beating South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen with relative ease 5&4 in the final in Texas.

Kroos call for England early on

Germany England Soccer
The battle of Berlin did not look like going to plan for England, as Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez struck first to give world champions Germany a 2-0 lead, while back-up stopper Jack Butland was stretchered off. Die Mannschaft could be forgiven for thinking this would be smooth sailing…

Citizen Kane inspires comeback

Germany vs England
Pictured above, England striker Harry Kane celebrates in front of fans with the backdrop of the Olympiastadion behind him, after the Three Lions came away with all the spoils in their Die Mannschaft duel. Kane was key, pulling one back for his nation with a classic Cruyff turn.

Vardy backheel brings England even

Germany v England - International Friendly match - Olympiastadion
An inspired Jamie Vardy, brought on as a substitute in Berlin, was on hand to convert Nathaniel Clyne’s cross with an outrageous backheel in the box to bring England level. And so the fairytale of rags to riches continues, we hope the Leicester City hitman’s Hollywood connections caught that moment on camera…

Dier saves the day

Germany v England - International Friendly match - Olympiastadion
Above, Spurs star Eric Dier celebrates with fellow terrific Tottenham trio Kane, Deli Alli and Danny Rose, having headed home a dramatic last-gasp winner for England on German turf – sending travelling Three Lions fans into a frenzy.

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