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5 Talking Points from the Sporting Weekend

Sporting athletes from various sporting codes

We look at the five talking points in sport from this past weekend. Ireland prove too strong for the All Blacks, Alexander Zverev stuns world number one, Springboks showing good signs ahead of the rugby world cup, and Shaqiri instrumental in Swiss UEFA Nationals League comeback. 

Zverev Topples World Number 1

21 year old, Alexander Zverev beat world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets at London’s O2 Arena to claim the Nitto ATP Finals

Zverev made 10 powerful aces, and won 12 games on his way to winning the biggest title of his career.

Despite the loss, the Serbian still remains the top-ranked men’s player in the world, while Alexander Zverev moves up to fifth place.

Bafana still on track for AFCON Qualification

Percy Tau’s magical assist in the 25th minute saw Lebo Mothiba score into an open net as Bafana Bafana played to a 1-1 draw with Nigeria.

As it stands the Super Eagles top Group E on 10 points with Bafana closely trailing them on 9 points.

Bafana face Libya on the 22nd of March, and all they need will be a draw to qualify for Cameroon.

Ireland relentless as they claim victory over All Blacks

Ireland recorded only their second win in their history against New Zealand when they won 16-9 at the Aviva Stadium on 17 November.

The All Blacks’ only points came form the boot of Beauden Barret who kicked two penalties and a drop goal. The Irish scored the only try of the game as Jacob Stockdale’s wrote his name down in Irish history after gathering his chip and crossing the line.

The Irish held on in the final phases of the game and a handling error from the All Blacks denied them a draw, and handed them only their second loss of the year.

South Africa Show Mature Performance

The Boks continued their End of Year tour with a win over Scotland at Murrayfield on 17 November.

The Springboks scored early in the match through Jesse Kriel. Scotland’s Peter Home hit back for the hosts before Handre Pollard sold a dummy and ran a good line to score South Africa’s second.

Hamish Watson scored just before the break, to send the hosts into the tunnel hopeful at 17 – 20.

The second half was a trade of penalties that South Africa won 3 – 6, to secure a 26 – 20 victory out in the tough conditions of the Northern Hemisphere.

The Boks will face Wales in their last encounter to close off the year.

UEFA Nations League Semi Finals Looming

Switzerland came back from two goals down to beat Belgium 5 – 2 in the UEFA Nations League.

England scored in the final ten minutes through Harry Kane to beat Croatia 2 – 1. France top Group 1 in the tournament, but they’ll be hoping the Netherlands don’t beat Germany in order to qualify for the semi finals.

As it stands the below teams will be part of the semi finals draw. Matches are scheduled for June 2019.

  • Group 1: France/Netherlands
  • Group 2: Switzerland
  • Group 3: Portugal (hosts)
  • Group 4: England

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