14 September 2015
Weekend Sport Round-Up: A debut goal, Tour of Britain, Anthony Joshua, ODI, Djokavic & Mo
Anthony Martial’s debut goal for Manchester United against Liverpool
After all the hype, Anthony Martial delivered a debut goal to savour in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Liverpool. Cutting in from the left, Martial ran at Skrtel with purpose and that was more than enough. Thirteen minutes to get his first touch and just 21 minutes to produce his first goal, one of the great Premier League moments. The world’s most expensive teenager scoring with his first shot! Astonishing. Even if he misses one next week in the Champions League or against Southampton, he’ll still be content to have scored a massive first goal, he’s taken his opportunity, and it buys him some time which for a young player is so important.
Sir Bradley Wiggins gave the crowds in London something to cheer for on Sunday, leading the field for most of the first two laps of the Tour of Britain finale, and then putting in another huge turn at the front right at the end. The 2013 champion was never in any danger of winning anything himself, though Wiggins, finished more than 90 minutes down on the overall race winner Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka), was instead working for team-mate Owain Doull (Team Wiggins), trying to help engineer a podium finish for the young Welsh rider who will be riding the team pursuit with him at the Rio Olympic Games.
The fact that they pulled it off – Doull taking two bonus seconds on the first intermediate sprint of the day to leapfrog Denmark’s Rasmus Guldhammer (Cult Energy ProCycling) into third place overall – will have been a source of some satisfaction, not only to Team Wiggins but to the Tour of Britain organisers Sweetspot.
Cornish arrived from Scotland with an unbeaten record and height and weight advantages over the Olympic champion, but could find no answer to Joshua’s famous power and found himself knocked down twice before Victor Loughlin called a halt. It was a counter that sent Cornish to the canvas for the first time – the man from Inverness reaching through with his left to provide an opening that Joshua seized with a thunderous right hook, sending his man tumbling backwards and down. To his credit, Cornish rose for more but was soon on the other end of more punishment as he tried to back Joshua up in the corner only to receive two range-finding lefts and another big right. Having fallen forward on to his knees, Cornish was again up before the end of the count – only for Loughlin to wave it off.
England slumped to 138 all out to hand Australia an eight-wicket win and a 3-2 series victory in the deciding one-day international at Old Trafford. The home side were reduced to 22-3 in the sixth over and then saw captain Eoin Morgan retire with concussion. They failed to recover and were eventually bowled out in 33 overs, Ben Stokes making 42 and Mitchell Marsh taking 4-27. Australia eased to their target inside 25 overs, with Aaron Finch 70 not out. For the visitors, sealing the one-day-internationals on the final day of their tour represents a degree of consolation after a 3-2 defeat in the Test series. Though England’s summer ultimately ended as a disappointing anti-climax in front a packed crowd, the success they have enjoyed is far removed from the spring-time World Cup humiliation and poor tour of the West Indies that followed.
World number one Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in four dramatic sets to win his second US Open and 10th Grand Slam title. The Serb won 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 in New York and will end the year with three of the four tennis majors. Djokovic, 28, kept his nerve in front of a heavily pro-Federer crowd at Flushing Meadows. The 34-year-old Swiss had been hoping to win his 18th major title and his first for three years. In a raucous night session on Arthur Ashe Stadium, after the start of play was delayed by more than three hours because of rain, Federer looked to have a real chance in the third set. However Djokovic broke the Federer serve six times and saved 19 of 23 break points as he battled his way to a 27th win in 28 Grand Slam matches this year.
Djokovic took another step towards joining the very best in history with a 10th major title, moving him within one of Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver in the all-time list. Defeat by Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final in June meant that the Serb was just one win short of completing the first calendar Grand Slam in men’s tennis since Laver in 1969. “It’s been an incredible season, next to 2011 the best of my life,” said Djokovic, who also won three Grand Slam titles four years ago. “I’m enjoying this year more than I did any previous one because I’m a husband and a father, and that makes it sweeter.”
Britain’s Mo Farah won the Great North Run for the second year in a row in a thrilling finish ahead of Stanley Biwott of Kenya on Sunday. Farah, 32, was made to work hard as Biwott, runner-up at the 2014 London Marathon, led for much of the race. But the Olympic and world 5,000m and 10,000m champion produced a trademark sprint finish to take the lead in the final 400 metres and win in 59 minutes 22 seconds – the fastest half marathon by a British athlete. “The crowd were amazing,” said Farah. “If it wasn’t for them edging me towards the end it definitely would have been a different result.I want to come back and see if I can do a hat-trick.”