Thursday Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

‘Eden Hazard at full speed in the box is not easy to stop.’

The words of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after his side suffered a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the third round of the League Cup.


Hazard came off the bench and beat four Liverpool players to score the 85th minute winner at Anfield.

Klopp insist his side will be better when the teams meet again in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.


Tottenham secured their place in the last 16 by overcoming Watford on penalties in Milton Keynes.

Dele Alli marked his return to his former club by scoring with the winning spot kick.

Alexandre Lacazette had to come off the Arsenal bench to seal a 3-1 win over Brentford at the Emirates Stadium.

The Championship side conceded two first half goals from Danny Welbeck, but Irish international Alan Judge sparked a revival with a well taken free kick.

It was a walkover at the London Stadium, where West Ham and Declan Rice beat League Two Macclesfield Town 8-0.

And Daryl Murphy hit the back of the net as Nottingham Forest beat Stoke City 3-2.


Celtic have returned to winning ways.

Leigh Griffiths’s 83rd-minute strike handed the Bhoys a 1-nil win over St Johnstone in the Scottish League Cup.

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers saw off First Division Ayr United 4-0 at Ibrox

Hearts beat Motherwell 4-2 at Tynecastle.

GOLF

The European and American teams are getting in their final practice sessions today ahead of tomorrow’s Ryder Cup tee-off at Le Golf National in Paris.

The opening ceremony will start at 4pm this afternoon, with both teams to be presented by the respective captains Thomas Bjorn and Jim Furyk during their introductory speeches.

We will also find out the first pairings for the tournament – with Furyk appearing to pour cold water on a possible Tiger Woods / Phil Mickelson match-up yesterday.

Tiger Woods goes into the event in Paris on the back of his first win in five years – at the Tour Championship in Atlanta – last weekend.

He says this is a tournament like no other.

RACING

There is a seven-race card at Sligo this afternoon, with the first off at 1.55.