Weekend in pictures for December 3-4
Another weekend, another fascinating few days of sport, with everything from football to rugby union and horse racing catching the eye across the past few days. And, of course, Coral’s weekend in pictures for December 3-4 has captured the most memorable moments.
So, to relive all the drama, glory and defeat in images, read on below to see the most stunning snaps…
Rugby Union: England complete unbeaten year
Eddie Jones ended his first year in charge of the Red Rose with a perfect winning record of 13, beating his native Australia for a fourth successive rugby union Test.
England came from 13-16 down at half-time to run out 37-21 winners over the Wallabies. Jonathan Joseph grabbed two tries, while Ben Youngs and Marland Yarde also went over for the hosts.
Football: Premier League
Red cards, cracking comebacks, goals galore and handbags at dawn – the latest instalment of the English top-flight had it all.
Chelsea comeback inspires Man City red mist
Chelsea tightened their grip at the top of the PL, as they came back from 1-0 down to win 3-1 away at the Etihad. An early own goal from Gary Cahill required all of Diego Costa, Willian and Eden Hazard to step up and score. While, frustration then took hold for Man City as Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho saw red in added time, before players and coaches from both clubs began to get heated.
Five stars for Spurs in Swansea scuffle
Tottenham got back on track as they thumped strugglers Swansea City 5-0 thanks to braces from both Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen plus a strike from Heung-Min Son.
Palace provide Pardew with breathing space
Crystal Palace relieved the pressure on boss Alan Pardew with a surprise 3-0 victory against Southampton, thanks to conversions from James Tomkins and two by Christian Benteke.
Sanchez inspires Arsenal to 5-1 hammering
Alexis Sanchez took the match ball after firing in a fine hat-trick for Arsenal, who thrashed West Ham United 5-1 in a London derby. Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also scored for the Gunners, while Andy Carroll nabbed a consolation.
Bournemouth in brilliant Liverpool comeback
It was also raining goals on the south coast as Bournemouth edged Liverpool 4-3, having come back from being 3-1 down. Goals from Sadio Mane, Divock Origi and Emre Can seemed to seal it for the Reds, but Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, Steve Cook and Nathan Ake had other ideas.
Penalty pain for Man Utd
Leighton Baines’ late penalty gave Everton a split of the spoils after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s audacious opener had put unlucky Man Utd in the lead for the majority of the match.
This weekend saw Grade 1 action in both Britain and Ireland, with the Tingle Creek meeting at Sandown and an equally fabulous two-day card at Fairyhouse…
Un De Sceaux prevails in thrilling Tinge Creek
Un De Sceaux got the better of a pulsating battle to beat Sire De Grugy in the Grade 1 Tingle Creek at Sandown. The Willie Mullins trained gelding dug deep under a power-packed ride from Ruby Welsh to fend off the persistent challenge of the gallant runner-up, who was bidding to win the race for a third time, by a length. God’s Own stayed on well to finish a further neck behind in third in what was one of the the most thrilling races likely to be seen all season.
Altior turns on the style in Henry VIII Novices’ Chase
Altior cemented his position at the head of the betting for the 2017 Arkle with a stylish success in the Grade 1 Racing Post Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown. Unbeaten in five outings over the smaller obstacles, culminating in a seven-length success in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, Nicky Henderson’s star warmed to the task in the second half of the race and travelled ominiously well under Noel Fehily before being proudced to take up the trunning after the last and quickening clear in a matter of strides to easily beat the classy Charbel by six lengths.
Landofhopeandglory calls the tune at Fairyhouse
A good jump at the last helped Landofhopeandglory maintain his unbeaten jumping record in the Grade 3 Bar One Racing Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse. The Joseph O’Brien trained four-year-old, who was a classy performer on the flat had not been tested in his first two outings over timber and appeared to have a real fight on his hands as the Willie Mullins-trained Bapaume kicked from rounding the home turn. However, Barry Geraghty got a huge leap at the final flight out of Landofhopeandglory and the gelding then quickened smartly to win by a cosy length and maintain his position as ante post favoruite for the Triumph Hurdle at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.
Apple’s Jade all guts to land Hatton’s Grace
Apple’s Jade got the better of a titanic tussle with Vroum Vroum Mag as mares dominated the Grade 1 Bar One Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse. Just eight days after coming off a narrow second-best in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle, Gordon Elliott’s four-year-old showed tremendous battling qualities under a terrific atacking ride from Bryan Cooper to prevail by a short-head. Vroum Vroum Mag, who had won all 10 of her previous starts since joining Willie Mullins, looked sure to oblige running to the second-last as Ruby Walsh appeared to have everything covered but Apple’s Jade was in no mood to be denied and held on gamely.
Boxing: Saunders survives Akavov scare to defend strap
Billy Joe Saunders defended his WBO middleweight title with an unconvincing unanimous decision victory over Russian challenger Artur Akavov at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Scotland. The undefeated champion had been inactive for 11 months and it showed as he put in a lacklustre performance, but survived a scare to retain his belt and subsequently called out division kingpin Gennady Golovkin once again.
See our previous weekend in pictures collections for some of the most iconic images in sport.