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Weekend results: what we learned

| 03.07.2017

Lessons from the latest round

Another weekend in the books, and there was plenty for fans to scribble down in their notepads. We got a glimpse of the future with the final of the U21 European Championships, while the result of the Irish Derby on Saturday offered clues on the racing season ahead.

No doubt about who stole the show, with the British and Irish Lions defeating New Zealand in a monumental upset. Did you find your share of winners? Coral give our lessons taken from the weekend’s results, covering football, boxing, rugby and horse racing.

Owen Farrell

Lions rediscover their roar

Written off by just about everyone going into Saturday’s match, the British and Irish Lions pulled off one of their greatest ever upsets when beating New Zealand in a thriller on Saturday. Sonny Bill Williams was sent off for a shoulder charge on Anthony Watson, and the Lions took their chance, staging a late smash and grab to win 24-21. Fans now have what promises to be a gripping decider on their hands next week, and who would dismiss another shock?

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Pacquiao’s time at the top is over

Boxing great Manny Pacquaio’s time at the top of boxing looks to be over, after he was shocked by little-known Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane on Saturday night. Pac was beaten on a unanimous points decision, 113-115, 113-115 and 111-117 the scores. The latter was believed to be well off the mark, but in the end, 38-year-old Manny was bettered by a man taking part in only his 18th professional contest. Two years ago the Filipino puncher faced Floyd Mayweather, his career now lies in tatters.

Aidan O’Brien

Capri gains revenge

Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old colt Capri won the group one Irish Derby at Curragh, beating Cracksman by a neck. Backers of the winner celebrated a 6/1 prize, but they had to endure a tense finish, Capri digging in to get the desired result. He reversed Epsom form with the runner-up and Wings Of Eagles, and is now 7/2 favourite to win the St Leger with Coral. Trainer O’Brien claimed the race for the second time in four years, following the success of Australia in 2014.

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Germany have a bright future

Germany were crowned U21 European champions on Friday, thanks to a 1-0 win over Spain. That was the German’s second title win at this level, and to make the achievement all the better, they managed it with a number of their better players away with the senior squad at the Confederations Cup. Hertha right back Mitchell Weiser grabbed the winner on 40 minutes, netting a precise header to settle-up. England were knocked out by the eventual champions, does that make it any easier?


It’s what you do with it that counts

Chile had 66 per cent of the overall possession in Sunday’s Confederations Cup final, but they failed to make it count, and lost to a well-organised, disciplined German side. Joachim Low’s crew ended 1-0 winners, thanks to a goal from Lars Stindl on 20 minutes. Chile defender Marcelo Diaz made a horrible mistake at the back, gifting Germany the goal, and the title. It was another example of just how important it is to take your chances – stats don’t win matches.

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Frank Monkhouse