Best of the Weekend: Dec 16-17

Christmas came early in the Bundesliga this weekend as we were treated to a hatful of goals in the final game before the winter break. Join us as we round up all the action, plus the winners from the rest of the sporting world in Best of the Weekend!

Bundesliga breaks up with net-bulging bonanza

The Bundesliga wrapped up the first half of the season with a festive goal-fest. There were 36 goals in the nine fixtures as the Christmas crackers came out early.

Reigning champions FC Bayern Munchen proved to be the biggest party poopers, however, scraping a 1-0 win at Stuttgart as they ended the Hinrunde a huge 11 points clear of nearest rivals Schalke 04.

Domenico Tedesco’s men got out of jail as two goals in the last 10 minutes helped them to salvage a point at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Bottom club FC Koln finally got off the mark with a first win of the season while revitalised Borussia Dortmund won for a second game in a row thanks to teenage sensation Christian Pulisic’s last-gasp strike.

As exciting as it was, it doesn’t hide the fact that serial title winners Bayern look odds on to make it six in a row when the action gets back underway next year.

City earn their Spurs

Meanwhile, in England, Manchester City completed their latest demolition job as they hammered title pretenders Spurs 4-1 to maintain their 11 point lead at the top of Premier League.

Second placed Manchester United kept up the pace with a 2-1 win at West Brom, while Liverpool returned to goalscoring form with a 4-0 spanking of Bournemouth that saw them move into fourth place.

Chelsea cemented their place in third with an eighth win in 10 games with a 1-0 home win over Southampton thanks to Marcos Alonso’s free-kick.

Dos Anjos wins big in Winnipeg

UFC rocked up in central Canada at the weekend as Rafael Dos Anjos and Robbie Lawler fought a five-round epic welterweight battle in Winnipeg.

Dos Anjos turned on the style, dominating his American opponent over five rounds to claim a well-deserved unanimous decision.

The impressive win over the number two contender sets up the Brazilian veteran for a possible crack at reigning champion Tyron Woodley.

Rose blooms in Indonesia

In golf, Justin Rose continued his fine recent form with a dominant eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters in Jakarta.

Rose completed 30 holes on the final day following rain delays, shooting a superb 10-under par 62 over the final 18 holes to finish with his lowest ever winning score of 29-under par.

The Englishman will now enjoy a couple of weeks rest before beginning the hunt for a second major trophy following his near miss at last year’s Masters.