Global Round Up | Real Madrid and La Rochelle claim European honours, NBA finals match up confirmed and Perez wins in Monaco

The promise of a blockbuster weekend of sport did not disappoint with some of sports biggest games and events taking place over the one weekend.

Each of the provincial football finals took place this weekend with Limerick taking on Kerry along with the Tailteann Cup.

Leinster took on Ronan O’Gara’s La Rochelle side in the Heineken Champions Cup Final where it would turn out to be a bitterly disappointing day for the Irish province.

Sergio Perez also made up two places on track to take the victory at the Monaco Grand Prix while Liverpool took on Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

The NBA finals are also fully locked in as The Boston Celtics booked their places after defeating the Miami Heat.

Check the full recap below!


Gaelic Football

Billy Lee’s Limerick footballers took on Kerry in their first provincial football championship final since 2010. Kerry lived up to their heavy favourites tag as they hit Limerick for a 1-28 to 0-8 victory in Killarney where Killian Spillane shot 1-3.

Kerry advance to the All-Ireland quarter-finals while Limerick face into the qualifiers.

2 April 2022; Cian Sheehan of Limerick during the Allianz Football League Division 3 Final match between Louth and Limerick at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Much like Kerry’s victory over Limerick, Dublin were in fine form when they faced a hopeful Kildare. The game was quickly settled however as Dublin were untouchable and Kildare just prayed for the final whistle to end the slaughter as the Dubs claimed a 5-17 to 1-15 win.

In a closer affair, Galway overcame a brilliant challenge from Roscommon in the Connacht Football Championship after a narrow 2-19 to 2-16 victory .

While in Ulster, Derry ended a 24-year wait for provincial honours with a 1-16 to 1-14 win over Donegal in Clones.

The Tailteann Cup also took place over the weekend with plenty of fixtures being played both on Saturday and Sunday. Leitrim, Cavan, Sligo and Fermanagh won their games on Saturday in the first round. Sunday had three fixtures with Westmeath, Offaly and Carlow advancing.


Soccer

Liverpool and Real Madrid faced off in the Champions League final as the Spanish side claimed a 14th title to push further clear in the Roll of Honour.

Thibaut Courtois proved the difference making a string of fine saves to thwart the Liverpool attack as Vinicius Junior pounced for the games only goal.

The contest was a chaotic from the off as the game was delayed for a total of 36 due to unsavoury incidents outside the stadium.

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Rugby

Leinster were been denied a record-equalling fifth rugby union European Champions Cup in losing 24-21 to La Rochelle in the final.

Ronan O’Gara’s side avenged the loss of last year’s decider to earn a maiden title.

Johnny Sexton kicked six penalties for his side but La Rochelle were dominant in most aspects as a late try, their third of the evening saw them eclipse the Irish outfit for a deserved win.

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Formula One

Charles Leclerc started on pole position for his home race after a chaotic end to qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.

However, it was Sergio Perez who claimed the win on Sunday after the weather caused havoc.

Due to the wet weather the pit stops were most the important strategy piece, with big losses for Charles Leclerc as he dropped from 1st to 4th.

Both Red Bulls benefited as Sergio Perez finished in first with Max Verstappen finishing in 3rd. Carlos Sainz stayed firmly in his position where he would take the second place on the front row.


Basketball

The Boston Celtics booked their place in the Finals after beating the Miami Heat 100-96 in a pulsating game seven in South Beach.

Jayson Tatum, who was crowned Eastern Finals MVP, and Jaylen Brown each poured in 24 points as Jimmy Butler’s 35 points proved in vain for the number one seed.

The Celtics will take on The Golden State Warriors in the Finals starting this Thursday. The Warriors have had some rest time as they overcame the Dallas Mavericks 4-1 in the Western Finals last week.

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