Dublin: 14°C Sunday 22 May 2022

What we learned this weekend

The lessons we’ll take from a busy weekend of sport.

1. El Clasico is gonna be pretty immense

The Real Madrid squad landed into Barcelona this morning to an intense reception.

Over 2,000 Barca fans turned out to welcome their arch-rivals and they made a lot of noise. It was later reported that a window was smashed on the Madrid team bus. Game on, Ger.

Read Paul Ring’s preview

HT 101greatgoals

2. They don’t mess around in the NFL

The Texans’ Andre Johnson and the Titans’ Cortland Finnegan go toe-to-toe. I like the bit where they hit each other.

HT Balls.ie – as always

3. The undersoil heating works

The Aviva Stadium faced its first real test since it open recently when Ireland faced Argentina yesterday.

The undersoil heating was on since Thursday and the pitch passed an inspection from officials at around 10am. The IRFU told us then that the game was good to go. How did you enjoy the game?

4. Snooker’s coming back to Ireland

Top-flight snooker will return to Ireland after a six-year gap. The €236,000 Players Tour Championship Grand Finals will take place at the Helix Theatre in Dublin from March 16 to 20 next year.

That means Ronnie O’Sullivan will bring his genius to the space that You’re a Star was shot.

5. Aiden McGeady DOES know how to tackle… kinda

The Ireland international Aiden McGeady was sent off during the Moscow derby after this lunge on Dynamo defender Marcin Kowalczyk. It was the last game of the Russian season.

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