Hot and Cold: Time stands still for Hamburg
There wasn’t much in the way of dramatic tension in the Premier League weekend, but there were still plenty of talking points from all around the world of sport.
Here’s our weekly look at who’s hot and who’s cold…
It was a case of job done for the charismatic Reds boss as Liverpool comfortably negotiated their final day clash 4-0 against Brighton to secure Champions League football for next season.
Even more importantly for the German, his big hitters escaped unscathed ahead of their date with destiny in Kiev.
Cycling’s breakout star continues to shine in the Giro D’Italia with 25-year-old Yates impressively sealing victory in Stage Nine on the climb up the Gran Sasso d’Italia.
The British rider now holds a 32-second lead over the rest of the field, with his more celebrated rival Chris Froome down in 11th.
The Players Championship ended with something of an anti-climax as former US Open winner Simpson strolled to victory at Sawgrass.
Simpson held the lead throughout all four days of the competition, which was most notable for an impressive final-day charge from Tiger Woods. Is he back on the prowl ahead of the rest of this summer’s majors?
The Shrews are the first of this year’s play-off sides to book their place at Wembley after seeing off Charlton 2-0 over two legs.
Paul Hurst’s side finished way ahead of the chasing pack in the league and will surely start as favourites whoever they face but will need to banish memories of their last trip to the home of football. They lost to Lincoln City in the EFL Trophy back in April.
A final day lacking real drama can often produce strange results, and 2017/18 didn’t disappoint on that front with Spurs 5-4 Leicester, Hibs 5-5 Rangers the highlights of a goal-heavy weekend. La Liga even went a week early with mad results, with Levante’s shock 5-4 win over Barcelona.
100 points – and what a way to seal it.
With only two games to go away to Levante and at home to Real Sociedad, Barca seemed nailed-on to replicate Arsenal and complete an Invincibles season – which no top flight Spanish club has managed in the modern era.
Los Granotas refused to play to the script, however, racing into a 5-1 lead. A late Barca rally proved too little, too late as they let a unique record slip from their grasp.
The clock finally stopped at Bundesliga’s longest serving club as Hamburg slipped out the top tier for the first time in 54 years.
The ever-presents have always had a clock running in the north west corner of the stadium counting their top-flight streak – but it will reportedly now be laid to rest at a museum as they face the prospect of Bundesliga 2 football.
The 31-year-old had plenty to ponder this weekend after losing his 21-match unbeaten run on clay, as well as the No. 1 ranking to old nemesis Roger Federer.
Nadal was knocked out of the Madrid Open by Dominic Thiem, who finished runner-up to Alexander Zverev. Both players are tipped for real breakthrough years – could 2018 finally be the changing of the guard?
A Wembley debut to forget to the Wood after freezing on the big stage – losing 2-1 to a Tranmere Rovers down to 10 men for 89 minutes of the game in the National League play-off final.
Early season promise has given way to doubt with the Scuderia slipping off the pace in recent weeks as Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes snatched a vital win in Barcelona. Sebastian Vettel has already voiced his frustration – can his team bounce back in Monaco? A two-week break before Monaco has surely come at just the right time.
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