Qatar became the first hosts to lose an opening match in the World Cup’s 92-year history as the tournament finally got underway.
In Abu Dhabi, Max Verstappen claimed victory at Formula One’s season-ending Grand Prix – as Lewis Hamilton’s record of winning in every season of his career went up in smoke with a forced retirement.
In the absence of the Premier League the domestic focused shifted to the Women’s Super League, where Chelsea returned to the summit of the table and welcomed Emma Hayes back to the dugout with a 3-0 win over Tottenham.
The Autumn internationals continued with a shock defeat to Georgia for Wales while England came back to draw against New Zealand.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the best images from an action-packed weekend of sporting action.
Both Saudi Arabia and Mexico can still qualify for the last-16 of the World Cup when they meet later today. Despite following their historic upset of Argentina with a disappointing defeat by Poland in Group C, the Saudis still have their fate in their own hands as they look to reach the knockout stages for only the second time ever. If Herve Renard’s side beat Mexico, then they will be through to the round of 16 for the first time since USA 94, when they advanced from a group containing the Netherlands and Belgium before losing to Sweden.
England face Senegal tonight in the last-16 as the World Cup well and truly kicks into gear. It’s been largely serene progress for Gareth Southgate’s side so far, topping Group B with seven points and scoring nine goals along the way to book their place in the knockout stage. The goalscoring form of the Three Lions presented Southgate with a selection dilemma, and he has gone for Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden either side of Harry Kane.
England’s eccentricities paid off as they finished day four with a chance of victory in the first Test, needing eight Pakistan wickets tomorrow to force what would be an unlikely result. The day started with Will Jacks claiming the final three Pakistan wickets to finish with figures of 6-161. In doing so, Jacks became the first spinner to take a six-fer on debut for England since 1993. With a first-innings lead of 78, England forced the issue in order to set up a declaration and despite losing Ben Duckett and Ollie Pope early (the former for a golden duck) England batted with the flair and power that they are becoming so synonymous with.
The Pole closed out his tournament with a sensational long-range eagle putt to finish 14-under-par for the tournament - five shots ahead of overnight leader Adam Scott. Meronk was cool, calm and collected amid the windy conditions in Melbourne, picking up four birdies en route to carding a four-under 66. Despite taking the lead into Sunday, Scott was ultimately unable to repel Meronk's challenge, sitting on even in the late stages until a double bogey on the 17th cruelled any hopes of eking out a victory on home soil.
Memphis Depay finished off a superb move to open the scoring in the 10th minute and Daley Blind made it two at Khalifa International Stadium just before half-time. The US threatened a comeback when Haji Wright pulled one back in the 76th minute but Denzel Dumfries ensured it was the Dutch that progressed to the last eight with their third five minutes later. Louis Van Gaal named an unchanged side from the one that beat Qatar in their final group match while Walker Zimmerman and Jesus Ferreira came in for the US.
A much-changed France side slipped to a 1-0 World Cup defeat against an impressive Tunisia, whose win was not enough to progress with the defending champions from Group D. Wahbi Khazri’s second-half goal, the North African side’s first of the tournament, was enough to secure victory, with France short of continuity and control after Didier Deschamps had named a disjointed starting eleven with qualification for the knockout rounds already secure. Tunisia started the brighter of the two nations, taking advantage of the oddly-constructed French team featuring nine new starters and a glut of midfielders, and drawing on the support of passionate fans, with a large contingent of travelling Tunisians in Qatar whistling every French touch.