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NWS Weekend Round-Up 8

11 Jul , 2016  

Another weekend of sporting action has been and gone, but don’t worry if you’ve missed anything. We’ve pulled the best bits into one place, for your convenience!

After a month of highs, lows, tears and cheers, the 2016 European Championships finally came to an end last night, with Portugal being crowned surprise champions, after a nail biting final against the hosts, France.

Going into the game, anyone would have expected that Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo, would have been the key man if Portugal were to have a chance of overcoming the French. His participation was cut short in the 25th minute, though, after spending much of that period trying to run-off the result of a nasty Dmitri Payet collision.

Despite this huge loss for Fernando Santos’ side, they managed to keep France at bay, and Didier Deschamps on tenterhooks, keeping the score at 0-0 to force yet another period of extra-time, after managing just one victory within 90 minutes throughout the entire tournament.

It wasn’t until the 109th minute of the game, that the deadlock was broken, with Portugal nicking the lead through a goal from former Swansea City forward Éder.

After holding on to the narrow lead, the hearts of the French were broken, and Ronaldo got his hands on the trophy. But let’s remember who the real winner of last night was…

You wait 77 long years for a British victory in the men’s Wimbledon championship, then another comes along just 3 years later… The man responsible for ending the near 8 decade drought since Fred Perry’s win was of course Andy Murray, and it was the super Scotsman who claimed the crown again on Sunday with a comfortable straight sets triumph against big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic.

The shock early exit of world number 1 Novak Djokovic certainly opened up the draw for the man from Dunblane, but apart from a quarter-final blip in his 5 set win against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Murray proved he was a class apart from the competition, easing to straight sets wins in his other clashes.

Women’s tennis history was made by the sensational Serena Williams, whose straight sets win against Angelique Kerber saw her claim not only her seventh Wimbledon crown, but equal Steffi Graf’s haul of 22 Grand Slam championships in the modern era.

It was double cause for celebration later in the day for the American, as she teamed up with elder sister Venus to triumph in the doubles competition too.

Team Sky cyclist Chris Froome took the prestigious Tour de France yellow jersey following a dramatic late burst on Saturday’s eighth stage. But it wasn’t just his opponents in the peleton he had to battle against, it was the unwanted attention of an over-enthusiastic fan getting too close to the Brit on his descent.

Froome, a 2-time Tour winner and no stranger to conflict with spectators after some of the unsavoury scenes that marred last year’s race, took matters into his own hands and dished out his own form of justice on the crazy Columbian.

A run-of-the mill 8-0 pre-season friendly win for recently relegated Aston Villa against a sixth division Austrian team wouldn’t usually catch The Weekend Round-Up’s eagle eye. But Saturday’s victory for the claret and blues against GAK 1902 offered up a real feel good story – the first appearance in a Villa shirt for more than 4 years for former captain Stiliyan Petrov, who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in March 2012 and retired 14 months later.

The Bulgarian is attempting a professional comeback, and whether it is ultimately successful or not, it’s great to see him back on the field and enjoying life!

We love Leo Messi’s unique skills on the football field, in fact we’ve made the case before that he’s the greatest of all time. And it’s fair to say we don’t really know all the ins and outs of Spanish tax laws, so are in no real position to judge the merits (or otherwise) of the suspended jail sentence handed to him earlier this week.

But we know that this FC Barcelona-led social media “Justice for Messi” campaign is one of the most embarrassingly cringeworthy things we’ve seen in a long, long time…

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