Weekend in pictures for November 11-13
It was another enthralling weekend of sport peppered with thrills, spills and successes with a jam-packed football fixture list involving 2018 World Cup qualifiers and a battle between old enemies England and Scotland.
There was also top-class horse racing action around Cheltenham for The Open meeting, the Autumn Internationals in rugby union and UFC took the show on the road to the Big Apple for the big bout between Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez.
So, enjoy and relive all of the most prominent events in images with Coral’s weekend in pictures from November 11-13…
Football: World Cup qualifying
This weekend was all about international football action, as teams across the globe clashed in 2018 World Cup qualifiers. England players did Gareth Southgate’s chances of keeping the top job, or poisoned chalice, no harm by slaying fierce foes Scotland on Friday.
Northern Ireland made a statement of intent against Azerbaijan, but Wales were held by Serbia.
England use their heads to sink Scots
Adam Lallana rose highest to score England’s second of a hat-trick of headers, as the Three Lions vanquished old enemy Scotland 3-0 at Wembley. Daniel Sturridge and Gary Cahill were the other scorers who bolstered Gareth Southgate’s chances of staying at the helm after this 2018 World Cup qualifying collision between the two Home Nations.
Azerbaijan get four-star treatment in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland were the other Home Nation in action on Friday and, though the weather was not much to shout about, the hosts thrashed guests Azerbaijan 4-0. Kyle Lafferty (above) opened proceedings, but Gareth McAuley, Conor McLaughlin and a bandaged Chris Brunt all chipped in with goals. This result puts Northern Ireland second in 2018 World Cup Qualifying Group C behind leaders Germany.
Bale’s Wales held by Serbia
Gareth Bale looked to have inspired Wales to a World Cup qualifying victory over Serbia after giving them a first-half lead but, following hitting the post late on, Aleksandar Mitrovic nodded the visitors level. This is the third successive match that Chris Coleman’s Dragons have lost a lead to draw.
Rugby union: Autumn Internationals
England targeted a first win over South Africa in a decade, and Red Rose rugby coach Eddie Jones used to be on the Springboks’ staff. Meanwhile, Scotland sought revenge against Australia and Wales wanted to end their downturn in form against Argentina…
Tartan Army hearts broken by narrow Wallabies win again
After losing their Rugby World Cup quarter-final to Australia by a single point last year, surely lightning couldn’t strike Scotland down twice? It did, with another late kick from Wallabies fly half Bernard Foley breaking Tartan Army hearts and giving the Aussies a 23-22 win.
Red Rose end decade-long wait for Springboks win
Owen Farrell put 19 points on the board as England made it 10 wins out of 10 under Eddie Jones with a 37-21 victory over struggling South Africa. Jonny May, man of the match Courtney Lawes and George Ford also scored tries.
Liam Williams crosses again as Dragons defeat Pumas
Liam Williams and Gareth Davies both grabbed tries as Wales ended a five-match losing streak with a narrow 24-20 win over Argentina in Cardiff.
Horse racing: The Open meeting at Cheltenham
Three days of elite horse racing action from Prestbury Park greeted punters at Cheltenham. The Open meeting is the course’s biggest apart from the Festival, so there were plenty of clues on offer…
O O Seven steps up to the Steel Plate
The name’s Henderson, Nicky Henderson; as the Seven Barrows handler scooped Friday’s feature race, the Steel Plate And Sections Novices’ Chase, as O O Seven bolted up to win the extended 2m 4f contest by 10 lengths. Henderson also announced during The Open meeting that Sprinter Sacre is retiring, while Simonsig had to be put down following a broken leg sustained in a fall during Sunday’s Shloer Chase.
Defi Du Seuil’s Cheltenham Trial a Triumph
Barry Geraghty, in the famous green and yellow hoops of JP McManus, partnered Defi Du Seuil to a 1 3/4 length victory over fellow French horse Diable De Sivola in the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial in Saturday’s opening race at Cheltenham.
Thistlecrack continues chasing campaign
Ante post Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Thistlecrack backed up his impressive debut over fences at Chepstow with a 3 3/4 lengths success in the MallardJewellers.com Novices’ Chase for Colin Tizzard and Coral ambassador Tom Scudamore.
Taquin Du Seuil bags BetVictor Gold Cup
Jonjo O’Neill and Aidan Coleman teamed up to take the BetVictor Gold Cup, with Taquin De Seuil nipping victory by a neck from Village Vic.
Moon Racer scores Supreme Trial success under Scudamore
Jockey Scudamore enjoyed another success at The Open meeting on Sunday, partnering Moon Racer to a game 2 1/4 lengths victory in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Trial. Regular rival Ballyandy could only manage third.
Arkle Trial inevitably goes to Nicholls and Le Prezien
Champion trainer Paul Nicholls boasts an incredible record in the Trial for the Arkle Challenge Trophy, and odds-on favourite Le Prezien enhanced that to six winners in the last nine runnings.
Fox Norton romps to Shloer Chase success for trainer Tizzard
Switching handlers and changing ownership proved no problem for Fox Norton, whose nine-length victory in the Shloer Chase was his third win over a 2m trip around Prestbury Park in 2016. This enhances his Queen Mother Champion Chase claims considerably.
North Hill Harvey nets Greatwood Hurdle for team Skelton
Trainer Dan Skelton, another Coral ambassador, saddled North Hill Harvey to win Sunday’s feature contest, the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle. Brother Harry took the ride, holding on well to beat Modus by half-a-length.
Irish prize fighter Conor McGregor stepped into the octagon at UFC 205 bidding to take the lightweight strap off Eddie Alvarez in a historic MMA event in Madison Square Garden…
McGregor a dual world champ with second round TKO of Alvarez
McGregor did indeed meet expectations, beating Eddie Alvarez by TKO in the second round to become the UFC’s first-ever dual world champion. The Notorious now holds both lightweight and featherweight belts in MMA’s premier promotions.
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