Seven things you might’ve missed in the world of sport this weekend, including Japan’s Rugby World Cup heroics and Manchester United’s first WSL victory

It’s impossible to keep across everything in the world of sport. We get it.

There was plenty of action in the Premier League, as always, with Liverpool maintaining their five point lead and VAR dominating the headlines, as always.

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Liverpool stay five-points clear in the Premier League
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But we’ve also got a Rugby World Cup to contend with, as well as the IAAF World Athletics Championships, and the rest of the football world too.

So we’ve put together this alternative list of headlines from the weekend.


Japan pulled off another Rugby World Cup miracle by beating Ireland

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Japan shocked the globe once again
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Japan repeated their Rugby World Cup heroics of four years ago by pulling off a stunning 19-12 victory over Ireland to shock the globe once again.

The tournament hosts produced yet another miracle to match their 34-32 win over South Africa from 2015.

The Brave Blossoms tore through Ireland time and time again in Shizuoka, triumphing through superior tenacity and supreme intensity.

The world’s 10th-ranked team beat the second-best outfit, who entered this tournament ranked number one in the standings.

Wing Kenki Fukuoka ran in the try that sealed Japan’s famous victory and the 2019 World Cup has well and truly sparked into life.


Manchester United beat Liverpool to win their first WSL game of the season

Manchester United won their first Women’s Super League match of the new season as they beat Liverpool 2-0.

United had failed to score in their first two matches as they lost 1-0 against rivals Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium and then were beaten by the same scoreline by reigning champions Arsenal.

Liverpool, meanwhile, were also on the back of two defeats, losing last time out at newly-promoted Tottenham, where they had a player sent off.

Lauren James broke the deadlock on 71 minutes, when the teenager took a pass from Jess Sigsworth to turn and drill the ball into the bottom corner.

In stoppage time, Katie Zelem added a second from the penalty spot following a foul by Niamh Fahey.


Chris Wilder gave talkSPORT the most Chris Wilder interview ever

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder pulled no punches as he slammed his side for wasting a ‘massive opportunity’ to beat an out of sorts Liverpool at Bramall Lane.

In a refreshingly honest post-match interview, the Blades boss said his players had a glorious chance to do what Norwich did to Manchester City two weeks ago, but blew it, as a mistake from goalkeeper Dean Henderson handed the Reds a 1-0 victory on Saturday afternoon.


Braima Dabo sacrifices own 5000m race to help a rival over the line

Guinea-Bissau’s Braima Dabo produced a heart-warming display of sportsmanship as he helped an exhausted Jonathan Busby of Aruba across the line in the 5,000 metres at the World Championships in Doha.

Busby finished in Dabo’s arms to huge cheers at the Khalifa International Stadium on Friday before collapsing to the track.

The runner needed medical attention after finishing the race – thanks to the help of Dabo in the final 300m – and was eventually taken away in a wheelchair.

Dabo sacrificed his own race but still ran a personal best of 18 minutes 10.87 seconds, although Busby was disqualified.


Leeds hero Lee Bowyer haunted his former club in stunning Charlton victory

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Lee Bowyer guided Charlton back to the Championship last season
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Charlton manager Lee Bowyer is absolutely loved by Leeds fans, but that relationship was seriously tested on the weekend after he put a big dent in the Whites’ promotion bid.

Macauley Bonne scored his first goal for Charlton as the Addicks beat Leeds United 1-0 at The Valley.

The striker was able to bundle in Tom Lockyer’s volley from a corner in the first half as Bowyer’s side continued their remarkable start to the season.

Charlton, astonishingly, are now level on points with Leeds after nine games.


Alexis Sanchez scored two goals and then got sent off for diving

Alexis Sanchez had an eventful full debut for Inter Milan as the forward scored twice before being sent off for diving.

The Chile international is on loan from Manchester United and replaced Romelu Lukaku in the starting line-up against Sampdoria.

The 30-year-old made an instant impact for Antonio Conte’s side by netting twice in the opening 22 minutes.

The forward quickly went from hero to zero, though, as he received his second yellow card early in the second half for diving.


We now know Deontay Wilder’s next opponent

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Deontay Wilder will fight Luis Ortiz next
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Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight title in a rematch with Luis Ortiz on November 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The ‘Bronze Bomber’ previously knocked out Cuba’s ‘King Kong’ in a thrilling fight last year, and the pair will now do battle once again.

In March 2018, Wilder floored Ortiz before being badly hurt himself and on the brink of being beaten.

However, the American then recovered and turned the tables once again to win by stunning tenth-round KO.

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