International Sports Roundup September 2018

International Sports Roundup    with Sakuni

These are some of the key moments in the world of sports during the month of September 2018

India beat Bangladesh in another last-ball thriller to win Asia Cup for 7th time

This was the second successive Asia Cup final where India took on Bangladesh. In 2016, India had decimated Bangladesh in the final (of the Asia Cup T20). Overall, this was India's seventh Asia Cup triumph. Kedar Jadhav kept his calm as India defeated Bangladesh by three wickets off the last ball of the match to win the Asia Cup for the seventh time. Liton Das was adjudged the man of the match, while Shikhar Dhawan was awarded the man of the tournament. Sri Lanka meanwhile was unceremoniously eliminated without participating in the Super fours losing to Bangaldesh and Afghanistan. This was first time Sri Lanka was eliminated during the group stages. 

US Open 2018Novak Djokovic produced an impeccable performance to beat Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open final and win his 14th Grand Slam title. The 31-year-old Serb won 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to earn his third triumph in New York and equal American great Pete Sampras' haul of major trophies. Djokovic, who won Wimbledon in July, will climb to third in the world after back-to-back Grand Slam victories. Only great rivals Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17) have won more.

Naomi Osaka defeats Serena Williams 

In Women’s Final Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams to win her first grand slam title. She is the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam title and she won the final by beating Serena 6-2 6-4. She won the US open after a contravercial final where Serena Williams accused the umpire of being a "thief" in some of the most dramatic scenes at a Grand Slam final. Williams was given a game penalty for her outburst, which followed racquet smashing and another code violation. However, the American, 36, graciously congratulated Osaka at the net after the 20th seed completed an extraordinary victory.

English Premier League

Chelsea ended Liverpool’s perfect start to the Premier League season as the title contenders drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Liverpool had won all six of their previous league matches this term but, having lost to Chelsea in the League Cup in midweek, they fell behind on Saturday when Eden Hazard gave the west London club a 25th-minute lead. But Daniel Sturridge’s brilliant long-range strike a minute from full-time preserved Liverpool’s unbeaten league run. This result left Liverpool in second place, with champions Manchester City, who beat Brighton 2-0 earlier on Saturday, now top on goal difference. Manchester United lost for the 3rd time in the season against West Ham and dropped to the 10th place of the table.

La Liga 2018

The 2018/19 LaLiga Santander season is seven rounds old, but there is still no clear favourite for the title. Barcelona may be top - on 14 points and ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference - but they've not won any of their past three matches and they've not been very convincing, looking especially vulnerable in defence. Real Madrid have only netted two across their past four matches, while Atletico Madrid have just eight total league goals for the season. This is the worst start to a campaign for Los Rojiblancos in the Diego Simeone era, as they've never had 12 points or fewer after seven rounds of action. That said, they remain just two points off the slow pace set by Barcelona and Real Madrid, so they remain in contention.

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