Morning Sports Update

Soccer

Cork City face an uphill task if they’re to progress to the playoff round of the Europa League qualifiers tonight.

The League of Ireland champions are 2-nil down ahead of the second leg of their tie against Rosenberg in Trondheim.


Cork boss John Caulfield feels the first goal will be crucial

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It’s goalless going into Burnley’s second leg against Turkey’s Istanbul Basaksehir at Turf Moor.

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers are well placed to qualify, they take a 3-1 lead to Slovenia for their clash with Maribor.

It’s nil-nil between Molde and Hibernian going into theri second leg in Norway.

Republic of Ireland winger Daryl Horgan is unavailable for Hibs as he wasn’t registered before the first leg last week.

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Athletico Madrid have won the Uefa Super Cup. They have beaten their city rivals Real Madrid 4-2.

The game finished 2-2 after regular time but two goals in the first half of extra time was enough to see Athletico win the cup for a third time.

Diego Costa opened the scoring inside the first minute of the game. A Sergio Ramos Penalty in the 63rd minute added to Benzemas equaliser.

Diego Costa came to the rescue again and sent the game to extra time where Raul and Koke won it for Athletico.

BOXING

(Approx 0900 Irish time start)

Laois’ T-J Doheny has the chance to become a world boxing champion this morning.

He faces Ryosuke Iwasa for the I-B-F super-bantamweight title in Toyko.

Doheny, who is based in Australia, comes into the fight with 19 wins from 19 as a professional.

RUGBY

New Connacht coach Andy Friend has selected back-row Jarrad Butler as his captain for the coming season.

Butler made 19 appearances for the Westerners in his debut season at the Sportsground.

The 27-year-old would qualify to play for Ireland in 2020.

RACING

A field of nine will face the starter for the feature Group Three Invesco Pension Consultants Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown this evening.

Irish champion jockey Colin Keane has been booked by Newmarket handler Roger Varian aboard his dual winner Masaarr.

The going is good to firm ahead of the seven race card.

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The four-day Tramore August Festival also gets underway this afternoon with the first of seven races due off at ten-to-five.