Whatever you might think about Rory Burns’ batting, whether it be his technique, his mentality or his attitude, you cannot but have felt a smidgen of pity as he trudged off the field, an opener run out for a duck for just the third time in Ashes history.
Man City moved 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table as Kevin De Bruyne gave them a 1-0 victory over Chelsea at the Etihad. The home side were on top throughout the match but struggled to find the breakthrough until De Bruyne’s wonderful second-half strike finally gave his side the lead. It took City’s winning run in the league to 12 matches and while Liverpool, who are 14 points behind, have two games in hand, Pep Guardiola’s side continue to look unstoppable in their defence of the title.
Edouard Mendy was named the best goalkeeper in the world at Fifa’s awards ceremony on Monday night. The ceremony for The Best awards for 2021 saw Chelsea scoop three honours, including Thomas Tuchel and Emma Hayes as the coaches of the year. After backlash against his snub from the Ballon d’Or award longlist, Senegalese shot-stopper Mendy was named The Best Men’s Goalkeeper, beating Gianluigi Donnarumma and Manuel Neuer in the vote.
At the last count, when the final whistle blew at the London Stadium, the injury list at Leeds United included all of their strikers, their most important midfielder and their captain. To borrow a phrase: to lose one key player to injury may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose all of them looks like carelessness.