Carli Lloyd retires, India win at Lord’s and more…6 min readReading Time: 5 minutes
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U.S. football great Lloyd announces retirement
Carli Lloyd announced her retirement from international football on August 16.
The 39-year-old was twice named the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year. She is the second-most capped player in world football history (312) and has won two Women’s World Cups and two Olympic gold medals.
Team USA are expected to play two matches in September and two in October which will serve as Lloyd’s final games in a U.S. shirt.
India beats England at Lord’s
IND – 364 (KL Rahul 129; Anderson 5-62)
ENG – 391 (Root 180*; Siraj 4-94)
IND – 298/8 d (Rahane 61, Shami 56*; Wood 3-51)
ENG – 120 (Root 33; Siraj 4-32, Bumrah 3-33)
India won by 151 runs
India’s bowlers played a vital role with the bat and ball to guide India to a historic win at Lord’s. The match was poised for a nail-biting finish on the final day with India leading by 154 runs with four wickets in hand. An 89-run partnership for the ninth wicket between Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami ensured the visitors were in firm control of the game with two sessions to go.
The Indian pacers were spectacular and hit England early, dismissing both their openers for ducks. England couldn’t string any partnerships as India picked up wickets at regular intervals. They managed to wrap the win with runs and overs to spare.
EPL debuts in great style
Football is back in its truest form with joyous fans pouring in to the stadiums.
The first weekend of the English Premier League saw no goalless games, no draws and 34 goals being scored. There were also two major upsets for the romantics.
Brentford made their premier league debut in grand style. They beat Arsenal 2-0 in front of their home fans as winger Sergi Canos scored the first goal of the season. For about 16 hours, the Premier League debutants found themselves in the heady heights of the top of the table.
The biggest upset of the weekend came when a seemingly maligned Tottenham team beat the most expensive team ever fielded in club football. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s starting lineup at the Tottenham Hotspurs stadium cost over £550m and he had £347m worth of players on the bench. If only he could’ve had Harry Kane for another £100m, his team might have scored a goal. However, a spirited Spurs team took all three points against the defending champions thanks to a goal in the second half from Heung-min Son.
Bruno Fernandes scored a hattrick and Paul Pogba provided four assists as Manchester United emerged 5-1 victors at Old Trafford against old foes Leeds United.
Chelsea and Liverpool secured 3-0 victories in their respective opening fixtures against Crystal Palace and Norwich respectively.
La Liga – Barcelona beats Real Sociedad
A Messi-less Barcelona had no trouble in the opening game of the season against Real Sociedad, registering a comfortable 4-2 win. Gerard Pique, Martin Braithwaite and Sergi Roberto were the scores.
A brace from Karim Benzema and goals from Nacho and Vinicius Jr. handed an easy win for Real Madrid away at Alaves.
Defending champions Atletico Madrid came back from behind against Celta Vigo to claim a hard-fought 2-1 victory.
Julian Nagelsman’s first Bundesliga game as Bayern Munich manager ended in a middling 1-1 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach. Alassane Plea opened the scoring before Robert Lewandowski restored parity just before the break.
Borussia Dortmund enjoyed a 5-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt with Erling Halaand scoring two goals in the entertaining game. At the end of Matchday 1, Stuttgart occupies top spot following a 5-1 win over newly-promoted Furth.
Germany football legend Gerd Mueller passes away
German football legend Gerd Mueller passed away at the age of 75 on August 15.
Nicknamed “Bomber der Nation”, Mueller scored 68 goals in 62 international matches for West Germany, winning the World Cup in 1974, and is third in the all-time list of most goals in the competition with 14 goals behind Ronaldo (15) and Miroslav Klose (16).
He also won the European championship in 1972 with them.
“Today is a sad, black day for Bayern and all of its fans. Gerd Mueller was the greatest striker there has ever been and a fine person, a personality in world football,” Bayern president Herbert Hainer said in a statement.
“We’re united in deep sorrow with his wife Uschi and his family. Without Gerd Mueller, Bayern would not be the club we all love today. His name and the memory of him will live on forever.”
Windies beat Pakistan in a thriller
WI 253 (Brathwaite 97, Holder 58, Afridi 4-59)
PAK 217 (Fawad 56, Holder 3-26, Seales 3-70)
PAK 203 (Azam 55, Seales 5-55, Roach 3-30)
WI 168/9 (Blackwood 55, Roach 30*, Afridi 4-50)
West Indies won by 1 wicket.
West Indies scrambled over the line on the fourth day of the first Test to claim a one-wicket victory over Pakistan. Defending a modest target of 168, Shaheen Shah Afridi led the attack with figures of four for 50 in reducing the West Indies to 114 for seven at tea.
In the final session, Kemar Roach survived three chances and alongside the last man, Jayden Seales managed to take the home team to the target with a last-wicket partnership of 17.
Seales was named the player of the match for his match haul of eight for 125 which included five for 55 in the second innings.
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Author’s note: Adithya G is a freelance writer and sports enthusiast.