The last seven days have provided plenty of excitement, drama and inevitably tears across the world of sport. Here’s a look back at the top 10 moments that made us shout ‘ComeOn!’.
1 – United book final Champions League place
After a season of inconsistency, Manchester United (16/5 2017/18 Premier League Outright) finally came good on Wednesday as they edged out Ajax 2-0 in the final of the Europa League. As predicted, Jose Mourinho set his side up to frustrate in Stockholm and got what he wanted, as Paul Pogba’s deflected strike and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s clever effort made the difference.
Most importantly, the win seals United’s place in next season’s Champions League group stages and for all his doubters, Mourinho will again be able to point to his record when forced to defend his approach.
2 – JT exits the Stamford Bridge stage
Whatever your views on John Terry, there is no getting away from his achievements on the field. The 36-year-old’s departure in his final game at Stamford Bridge had football followers shout ‘ComeOn! for very different reasons, with the staged substitution typically dividing opinion; JT himself suggested he should be withdrawn after 26 minutes of the 5-1 win over Sunderland in tribute to his shirt number.
Having won the Premier League title, the Blues will hope to add the FA Cup on Saturday and although he is unlikely to feature against Arsenal at Wembley, collecting a 17th career winners’ medal (Chelsea 2/5 FA Cup outright) would mark a fitting end to his time with his boyhood club.
3 – Jason almost has his Day again
Jason Day may not have won the AT&T Byron Nelson but the result will have given him a much-needed boost. The Australian has had a tough few months, with his mother’s diagnosis with lung cancer understandably affecting his form.
However, last weekend in Texas he looked back on track and although he succumbed to Billy Horschel in a play-off, the signs are positive.
He is next likely to appear at the Memorial but his big goal will be the upcoming US Open. Day has top-tens in five of the last six years in the second major of the year and could well be on for glory at Erin Hills (12/1 Tournament Outright).
4 – More Golden Boot Glory For Harry
For the third season in a row, Harry Kane broke the 20-goal barrier on his way to retaining the Golden Boot. Injuries earlier in the campaign meant that he looked unlikely to pip Romelu Lukaku to the award, only for a late spurt to give him the honours.
Tottenham (15/2 2017/18 Premier League Outright) again impressed with their attacking play in 2016/17 and their aggregate score of 13-2 from their final two league games was telling of their approach. Kane netted seven of those and his tally has only further enhanced his burgeoning reputation.
5 – Ribchester wins the Lockinge
He may have gone off as the favourite in Saturday’s Lockinge Stakes but the manner of Ribchester’s brilliant three-and-three-quarter lengths victory in the feature race at Newbury was still extremely impressive.
The four-year-old has been consistent throughout his career and connections will be hoping this win can allow him to take the next step.
Having won last year’s Jersey Stakes, he is tipped to head back to Royal Ascot for next month’s Queen Anne Stakes, as the Godolphin stable aim for an eighth win in the race and their first since 2007.
6 – Chiefs scalp Sarries
There were more than a few roars of ‘ComeOn!’ at Sandy Park as the crowd witnessed what many thought was impossible on Saturday as Exeter knocked Saracens out of the semi-finals of the Aviva Premiership.
Having won the Champions Cup the previous weekend, Sam Simmonds’ late try ended Sarries’ hopes of a repeat European-Domestic double.
But this is not about them. It is all about Exeter, who got revenge for their defeat at Twickenham 12 months ago and are now looking to continue the magnificent journey they have been on for the last few years.
They are still a massive 80 minutes from being crowned English champions for the first time (10/11), however…
7 – Wasps produce another late show
…And that 80 minutes is set to come against table-toppers Wasps. Dai Young’s men (10/11) have set the Premiership alight with their free-flowing brand of rugby but not for the first time they had to rely on a late try to defeat Leicester on Saturday thanks to substitute Josh Bassett’s score.
Bassett was only on the field thanks to Kurtley Beale’s injury and much could depend on whether Beale will be fit enough to appear in what will be his final game for the club.
From a neutral’s viewpoint, Saturday’s clash looks set to be a classic at Twickenham, with plenty of drama on the cards.
8 – Thiem and Zverev eye Grand Slam breakthroughs
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again. Dominic Thiem (17/2 French Open outright) was proof of that as, after losing to Rafael Nadal in both Barcelona and Madrid, he finally defeated him in Rome.
Unfortunately for the Austrian, he then lost to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals but that opened the door for another youngster in Alexander Zverev (16/1). The German’s straight sets triumph over the world number two proved he too looks set to shine in the coming years.
With the French Open on the horizon, these are exciting times for the new generation of players and Roland Garros could witness a changing of the guard.
9 – Classy Cas living up to their name
For decades Castleford have found themselves in the shadow of their West Yorkshire neighbours Leeds. The old cliché about them being the small town boys against the big city men has become increasingly tired in recent years and Sunday’s brilliant 29-18 Magic Weekend win over the Rhinos demonstrated just as much.
Greg Eden scored three of their five tries in Newcastle and the manner in which they blew the Rhinos away was impressive.
Forever known as Classy Cas (7/5 favourite Grand Final Winner), this could be the year they finally live up to their name with a maiden Grand Final appearance and maybe more.
10 – Changes required at Sunderland
For all the last week’s positives, there have been negatives and Sunderland’s limp final day showing perhaps summed up their season. As mentioned above, the 5-1 defeat at Chelsea will be remembered for John Terry’s withdrawal but the scoreline should not be discarded.
While it has recently been suggested that some of their players have been on the beach, on Sunday’s showing it appeared they have subsequently returned and are now planning to move on.
Boss David Moyes has now left the club and there is a feeling that a number of his players will need to follow suit if the Wearsiders are to return to the top flight next season.
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