Another remarkable weekend of sport saw more comebacks than Elvis, Leicester’s skipper put one hand on the Barclays Premier League trophy and the West Indies go ballistic in the ICC World T20 Final in India. That’s right, it’s time for the best 11 bits of sporting action from the past 48 hours…
1. Pato finally turns up
A mere 63 days after signing for Chelsea on loan, one-time Brazilian starlet Alexandre Pato finally made his debut against Aston Villa. It didn’t take him long to make an impact either, converting a penalty 20 minutes after coming on as sub, and having a hand in both Pedro’s goals. Better late than never, eh?
2. Flash Harry
Harry Kane’s wonderful two-touch turn-and-shot rescued a point for title-chasing Spurs at Anfield. It also meant the unmasked Kane hit the 22-goal mark for the season – a new record for Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays Premier League.
3. El classic Ronaldo
Football loves a cliché, and one of the best is that form is temporary but class is permanent. And so it was with Cristiano Ronaldo in the 231st El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona. The Real striker spent the first 85 minutes on the periphery of proceedings before drilling home a last-gasp winner in the Camp Nou.
4. Victoria’s Sunshine Double
After failing to win a WTA title in 2014 or 2015, Victoria Azarenka has now won back-to-back championships after triumphing in the Miami Open. Her Florida success follows her recent win in Indian Wells, and makes her just the third woman (after Steffi Graf and Kim Clijsters) to do the Sunshine Double.
5. Party like it’s 1999
Are you ready to feel old? On Saturday, at the West Brom’s Jonathan Leko became the first player born in 1999 to play in the Barclays Premier League. Just digest that – someone aged 16 years and 344 days is now playing top-flight football. Yep, you feel ancient now don’t you?
6. De Bruyne is back
Talking of baby-faced assassins, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne returned to action after two months out. The Belgian’s superb volleyed finish was indicative of the quality City have missed in recent times, and his interplay with David Silva and Sergio Agüero ranged between brilliant and mesmeric. If he keeps up this form, City could secure a top four finish and challenge for the UEFA Champions League.
7. Nasri’s 90s throwback
De Bruyne wasn’t the only City player to make his comeback at Bournemouth. The almost-forgotten Samir Nasri was another to return after an extended spell on the sidelines. And the controversial Frenchman marked the occasion in inimitable fashion, sporting a shock of bleached blonde hair. His inspiration? We’re going with Robbie Williams hair-do (or should that be hair-don’t?) at Glastonbury in 1995.
8. Captain Morgan
Before his side’s pivotal game against Southampton, Leicester skipper Wes Morgan had yet to find the net this season. So what a time then to hammer home a 38th minute header to secure all three points and send Leicester seven – SEVEN! – points clear at the top. Few now would bet against Morgan lifting the Barclays Premier League trophy next month.
9. Martial law
There hasn’t been much for Manchester United fans to shout about this season (other than their indifference to Louis van Gaal), but Anthony Martial has been a rare bright spark. His goal to beat Everton – his eighth of the campaign – was United’s 1,000th Barclays Premier League goal at Old Trafford.
10. Nico’s famous five
F1 star Nico Rosberg won his fifth Grand Prix in a row to open up a 17-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship. The German looks hungry, but can his team-mate and defending champion Lewis Hamilton fight back? We’ll find out in Shanghai in two weeks’ time.
11. Brathwaite’s blitz
It takes nerves of steel to smash the first four deliveries from the final over of any cricket match for six to secure victory. But to do it in the ICC World T20 Final while facing England’s arch death bowler Ben Stokes? Carlos Brathwaite, take a bow. West Indies took the trophy with two balls to spare in a nail-biting finale in Kolkata.
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