The Suzuki Cup got underway in thrilling fashion with wins for Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam, Andy Murray recorded a convincing victory over Novak Djokovic to win the ATP World Tour Finals and Yaya Toure made a spectacular comeback for Manchester City as we take a look at the best of the sporting weekend that was…
Teerasil bags three in Thailand opener
Thailand’s defence of their AFF Suzuki Cup title got off to the perfect start as they beat Indonesia 4-2 in Bocaue on Saturday.
It took just five minutes for the defending champions to get off the mark for the tournament through Peerapat Notchaiya before Teerasil added a second after 36 minutes.
— FOX Sports Football (@FOXSportsFC) 19 November 2016
Boaz Solossa pulled a goal back for Indonesia shortly after the restart and Lerby Eliandry got them back on level terms in the 56th-minute.
However, Thailand came back again when Teerasil added his second on 79 minutes and rounded off the victory with his hat-trick in added time.
— AFF Suzuki Cup (@affsuzukicup) 19 November 2016
Elsewhere, on an exciting opening weekend of action, there were disappointing starts for both co-hosts. The Philippines played out a pretty drab 0-0 draw with Singapore, while Mayanmar were beaten 2-1 by Vietnam. Malaysia saw off Cambodia 3-2 in a thrilling contest on Saturday.
The one and only
Andy Murray demolished Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4 to win the final of the ATP World Tour Finals and ensure that he finished the year as the world’s best player.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) 20 November 2016
In a tight opening set, it took until the eighth game with Murray leading 4-3 for the Scot to break Djokovic’s serve before he confidently served out the set.
Murray then raced into a 4-1 lead in the second, only to almost throw it away by allowing the Serb to break back.
My man Murray – #1. @andy_murray Congratulations!?
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) 20 November 2016
However, he would not be beaten and secured his two final service games to lift the title and finish the year on a huge high.
Fitzpatrick wins DP World Tour Championship
“It means the world,” Matthew Fitzpatrick beamed after showing incredible composure to win the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on Sunday.
And now it’s time to take a well earned break… ?
— Matt Fitzpatrick (@MattFitz94) 20 November 2016
Fitzpatrick trailed Hatton by one shot going into a dramatic final hole, but Hatton could only make bogey before Fitzpatrick confidently nailed his birdie putt to edge victory.
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) 20 November 2016
The win was Fitzpatrick’s third European Tour title and he couldn’t hide his delight afterwards, he said: “To win one of these Final Series events is really special, and this one in particular, obviously the last tournament of the year. For me to win on the final week of the year is special.”
Toure back with a bang!
Yaya Toure scored both of Manchester City’s goals as they beat Crystal Palace 2-1 on Saturday.
It was Toure’s first Premier League appearance of the season having only previously featured under Pep Guardiola in a Champions League defeat to Steaua Bucharest.
— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) 19 November 2016
Guardiola’s hardline stance towards Toure seems to have paid off after a summer of exchanges between the Spanish manager and Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk.
At one point it had seemed likely that the player wouldn’t feature for the club on a regular basis again, however his latest performance could spark a new dawn.
Great to have you back Yaya ?? pic.twitter.com/smFLYLZ7cG
— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) 19 November 2016
“Nobody has doubts about his quality,” Guardiola said. “The last month and a half he’s trained and his physical condition has improved.
“His weight is now perfect. When he arrived he was not like this but now he’s like a young guy. Of course we have a new player now to help us achieve our targets.”