Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben returned to action on Saturday as Bayern Munich heaped pressure on Bundesliga title rivals Borussia Dortmund with a 3-1 win over Hanover. The veteran wingers, both of whom are set to leave Bayern at the end of the season, returned from injury as Bayern
Arsenal have one foot in the Europa League final but know they cannot afford the luxury of taking it easy in Sunday’s match against struggling Brighton as they chase a Premier League top-four berth. Unai Emery’s team have wobbled badly in the league in recent weeks, losing four out of their past five matches after putting themselves in a strong position.
Sharjah remained winless for the third game in a row as they played out a 2-2 draw with Dibba at Khalid bin Mohammed Stadium in matchweek 23 of the Arabian Gulf League on Friday. Dibba kicked off the game strongly and found themselves 1-0 up after only eight minutes.
Mauricio Pochettino insisted on Saturday that nine-man Tottenham won’t let a “cruel” 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth ruin their bid to finish in the top four and reach the Champions League final, while Fulham’s 16-year-old Harvey Elliott became the Premier League’s youngest ever player in their 1-0 defeat Wolves.
Two-time champion Simona Halep overcame Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 7-5 to reach her fourth Madrid Open semi-final on Thursday. Romania’s third seed and former world number one will next play the winner from top seed Naomi Osaka and on-form Swiss Belinda Bencic.
Al Jazira head coach Damien Hertog is optimistic his team will produce a much better performance when they face Emirates Club in the Arabian Gulf League. The Pride of Abu Dhabi make the long trip to Ras Al Khaimah for Friday’s clash as they look to register their first triumph in three matches and put their AFC Champions League qualification hopes back on track.
For indoor football fans, and sports enthusiasts, the wait is over. Sharjah Ramadan Futsal Championship (SRFC)’s largest edition yet begins on Wednesday. The first two matches will bring four teams head-to-head – one from the U-14 league and the other from the senior league – at the Sharjah Sports Club Arena in Al Hazana Branch.
Manchester City have not yet held their victory parade after edging Liverpool in a thrilling Premier League title race but already they are plotting for next season. The champions are not alone. A huge summer splurge on transfer fees is likely after Premier League spending fell last year,
Sharjah sealed the Arabian Gulf League title after earning a tough 3-2 win over Al Wahda in the penultimate matchweek of the campaign at Khalid Bin Mohammed Stadium on Wednesday night.