Good Week/Bad Week

Another brilliant week of sport saw dreams come true and history made both at home and across the Atlantic.

Last Updated: 19/08/13 at 12:33 Post Comment

Rickie Lambert scores for England

Rickie Lambert scores for England

Football kicked back into full swing with the return of the Premier League, while golfing bragging rights were up for grabs again over in America.

Here's our pick of the week's sporting drama, let us know your thoughts below...

Good Week

Europe

Europe's women followed in the footsteps of their male counterparts as they defeated the Americans in America to claim the Solheim Cup and ensure that the golfing bragging rights remained firmly on this side of the Atlantic.

Liselotte Neumann's side made their own little piece of history as they won on US soil for the first time in the competition's history - and they did so in some style with a thumping 18-10 victory after a storming finish to the Sunday singles.

Seventeen-year-old Charley Hull starred with a superb 5&4 victory over former US Open champion Paula Creamer, while Caroline Hedwall became the first player in tournament history to win five points out of five after playing - and winning - in every session of the event.

Rickie Lambert

Weeks don't really come much better than the one Southampton striker Lambert enjoyed this week, as he completed his footballing fairytale from his now famous job in a beetroot factory to England centre forward.

Lambert enjoyed the week of his life as he was first selected in Roy Hodgson's England squad for their mid-week friendly against Scotland at Wembley. Starting on the bench, Lambert made his dream a reality by not only getting on to the Wembley pitch but scoring with his first touch.

Lambert also hit the post but his earlier goal still turned out to be the winner in a 3-2 victory.

Still on a high, Lambert then completed a perfect week when back playing for Southampton on the opening weekend of the Premier League season - as he took the last-minute penalty that gave the Saints a 1-0 win at West Brom.

Mo Farah

Having already cleaned up the 10,000m World Championship gold, Britain's distance running king Mo Farah turned his attentions to the 5,000 and another double - just as he did at the London 2012 Olympics.

As always these days, Farah delivered gold again - and if gave him the full set of 5,000m and 10,000m titles at the World Championships and Olympic Games, only the second man after Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele to achieve the feat.

We've become accustomed to Farah winning gold, but holding both titles in the Olympics and worlds shows he is one of the best runners in history and must now also be in the frame as Britain's best athlete of all time.

Northants

David Willey took a hat-trick to complete Northamptonshire's 102-run triumph over Surrey in the Friends Life t20 final, their first major trophy for 21 years.

Willey had earlier hit a 19-ball half-century in a Northants' total of 194-2 in a match reduced to 18 overs by an early rain delay at Edgbaston.

He also struck early with the ball to remove Surrey opener Jason Roy, ran out Steven Davies with a direct hit and returned to the attack to dismiss the last three batsmen with successive balls and finish with figures of 4-9.

Bad Week

Arsenal

Arsenal suffered a dreadful opening day of the new season as Christian Benteke scored twice as Aston Villa came from behind to win 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

It took just six minutes for Arsenal to open the scoring as Olivier Giroud swept home Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross from close range, but Aston Villa drew level midway through the first half after being awarded a penalty.

It all went wrong from there on in for the Gunners, with Laurent Koscielny giving away another penalty before then being sent off and then new Villa signing Antonio Luna adding a third goal on the break late on to rub salt into the wounds.

Throw in an injury for Oxlade-Chamberlain and it completed a miserable day for Arsene Wenger, who faced the wrath of some home fans angry at the lack of summer signings at Arsenal.

Sprint relay

While there were some bright spots for Great Britain over in Moscow at the World Championships, the 4x100m relay team were definitely not one of them after they suffered yet another disqualification.

The quartet of Adam Gemili, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, James Ellington and Dwain Chambers clocked a season's best 37.80secs, with the veteran anchor-leg runner chasing down Germany to claim bronze in third.

However, the second changeover from Aikines-Aryeetey to Ellington was outside of the allowed zone, meaning disqualification for the sixth time in recent major events in what is becoming a real problem for Britain's sprinters.

Andy Murray

As he closes in on the start of the defence of his US Open crown in New York, Andy Murray has not had the best of warm-ups on the hard courts of America after he was beaten in the quarter-finals by Thomas Berdych in Cincinnati.

Murray lost to Ernests Gulbis in Montreal a week earlier, and although he made it to the quarter-finals this time, he was then knocked out in straight sets in a result that could leave him a bit short of match practice ahead of his return to Flushing Meadows.

The British No 1 had an easy route through to his quarter with Berdych, and after just two sets against the Czech he could have done with a few more sets in action. Although he has also lost his World No 2 spot to Rafa Nadal, Murray still heads to New York as defending champion and Wimbledon champion so will not be too concerned with his bad run-up.

Australia rugby

After suffering defeat against the British & Irish Lions over the summer, Australia continued their losing run as they were beaten emphatically by rivals New Zealand in their opening Rugby Championship clash.

The All Blacks produced a dominant display to beat Australia 47-29 in Sydney - with Ben Smith's outstanding hat-trick combined with tries from Aaron Cruden, captain Richie McCaw and Conrad Smith giving New Zealand their 18-point victory.

It was not exactly the perfect start for new Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie - and his men must now win both remaining fixtures against the All Blacks - August 24 and October 19 - if they are to end Australia's 11-year wait to get their hands on the Bledisloe Cup.

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