Weekend Sporting Round-up

By Sam Bulcock

The Big Story

Roy’s Boys Prevail in Berlin

Roy Hodgson hailed his best moment as England manager on Saturday night after his young side fought back from two goals down against world champions Germany to win 3-2.

For sixty minutes it was all too familiar from England as despite some promising work they found themselves two goals after a swerving Toni Kroos strike was followed up by a powerful Mario Gomez header.

Impressively though the second goal only served to galvanise England even more who pulled a goal back when Harry Kane brought down a Jordan Henderson corner, superbly turned his man and fired home with expert precision.

Nathaniel Clyne then crossed for Jamie Vardy to flick home the goal of the game before Eric Dier powered in another Henderson corner in injury time to seal a famous win.

While the right result is always useful, Hodgson will have been especially pleased with an overall performance full of energy, confidence and skill. Dele Alli continued his remarkable rise to footballs top table with a man of the match display that highlighted his vast array of talents.

The only negative for Hodgson was an injury to Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland who has suffered a fractured ankle and is set to be out for 3 months.

Elsewhere

England Set Up Decisive Day

England’s men’s and women’s cricket teams both booked places in the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 with wins over the weekend.

The men held off a valiant late Sri Lankan charge to eventually win by 10 runs and set-up a match with unbeaten New Zealand on Wednesday in Dehli. Eoin Morgan’s men were largely indebted to Jos Buttler, whose 66 not out came off just 37 balls as Sri Lanka conceded 72 runs off the final 5 overs. Chris Jordan then took 4-28 to condemn the holders to an early exit.

The women had already sealed their progression before they faced Pakistan on Sunday but that didn’t prevent them putting in their best performance of the competition so far. Captain Charlotte Edwards scored an unbeaten 77 as her side thrashed their hapless opponents by 68 runs.

They will play before their male counterparts on Wednesday against current champions Australia.

Cambridge Triumph on Tricky Thames

Cambridge men won their first Boat Race since 2012 after navigating choppy waters on the Thames. They never relinquished an early lead and eventually won comfortably after surviving the difficult conditions.

Cambridge women did not fare so well with the turbulent water and struggled to stay afloat as Oxford women won for the fourth year running.

Blackwell Remains in Hospital

British boxer Nick Blackwell remains in a medically induced coma after his British middleweight title defeat by Chris Eubank Jr. The fighter suffered a bleed on the brain following a brutal encounter on Saturday night.

Blackwell was finally stopped in the tenth round on the advice of a doctor, with large swelling clearly visible above his left eye.

Featured image by Олег Дубина under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic the title is Roy Hodgson Euro 2012 vs Italy and can be found here.

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