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The Stagcom 12th September Round Up

There was huge anticipation surrounding this weekend in the world of sport and it duly delivered. The Manchester Derby was breath-taking and there was a huge shock in the US Open; and that's only the half of it.

Let us take you through all of the big talking points from the weekend to fill in any of the gaps you might have.

City Control Derby

After all the pre-match hype, it was finally time for the football to do the talking as United hosted City in the Manchester derby. The build-up centred on Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, but the football eclipsed the excitement around the two managers.

From the first whistle it was City who were far superior. United were unable to get to grips with City's movement and speed of passing, and their dominance paid off early on as Kevin De Bruyne latched on to a flick on from Kelechi Iheanacho and finished calmly. Guardiola's side continued to dominate with David Silva and De Bruyne pulling the strings from midfield.

City's second goal came when De Bruyne found space in the box for a shot; his effort came back off the inside of the post and fell at the feet of Iheanacho who tapped in to make it 2-0. It looked as if there was no way back into the match for United, but an error from debutant goalkeeper Claudio Bravo allowed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to reduce the score to 2-1 just before half-time.

That saw a slight momentum swing in the game as United pushed for an equaliser in the second-half. Substitute Marcus Rashford had a goal disallowed for offside after it deflected in off Ibrahimovic, and United could have had a penalty when Bravo went in with studs showing on Wayne Rooney.

The score stayed the same, and no-one could dispute the fact that City deserved their win and they sit pretty at the top of the Premier League with four wins from four.

Celtic Hammer Rangers

In the Old Firm derby, Celtic were even more dominant than City as they hammered Rangers 5-1 at Celtic Park. It was the first time that the two had met in the league for four years after Rangers were relegated to the fourth tier of Scottish Football a few years back.

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele hit a clinical hat-trick as he made the most of some poor Rangers defending. Former Aston Villa forward Scott Sinclair got in on the act with a cool finish, and Stuart Armstrong added a fifth goal late on; Joe Garner got Rangers consolation goal.

After just four games, Brendan Rodgers' side now sit two points clear of second placed Hearts with a game in hand. We may only be in September, but it looks like Celtic will take some stopping as they look to make it six Scottish Premiership wins in a row.

Step Too Far For Brook

Kell Brook was stopped in the fifth round as he fought Gennady Golovkin for the WBC and IBF middleweight titles. It was a courageous performance from Brook who was always expected to be up against it as he jumped two weight divisions to challenge Golovkin.

Golovkin made his intent clear from the start as he put Brook on the back foot in round one with some powerful left hooks. Brook briefly recovered in the second round, but even when he did breach the Kazakh's defence, Golovkin's chin stood firm. With Brook reeling on the ropes in the fifth, his trainer Dominic Ingle threw in the towel to call a close on the fight.

Djokovic Stunned

World number one Novak Djokovic was stunned in the final of the US Open as Stan Wawrinka produced a stunning display to win in four sets. Djokovic won the first set by virtue of a tie break, but Wawrinka reeled off the next three sets to claim his first US Open title and third Grand Slam.

Djokovic started brightly, but faded as the match wore on and seemed unable to cope with Wawrinka's powerful hitting as the Swiss player hit 46 winners on his way to victory. The title adds to the Australia Open and French Open titles Wawrinka won in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

Image credits: MCFC Info, Dream Team, Gennady Golovkin, Xinhua Sports

Back to articles Date Posted: Monday 12th September 2016 Author: George Crewe