Sport: The Week in Review

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THE changed nature of European football competitions was illustrated when Manchester United were left happy with a 2-2 draw in the Champions' League at home to Barcelona but Newcastle United were left rueful with a 3-2 win, also at home, against Athletic Bilbao. The differences? Lee Sharpe equalised late in the round-robin stage of the European Cup while Newcastle led by three in the two-legged Uefa Cup.

Aston Villa were content with a one-goal deficit after their trip to Trabzonspor in Turkey in the same competition. In the Cup-Winners' Cup, Arsenal were pleased with a 2-1 win at Brondby, Chelsea less so with a goalless home draw.

Ernie Els proved irresistible in the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth. In the final he was never behind Colin Montgomerie and collected the largest prize in Europe, some pounds 160,000.

Michael Schumacher returned from his two-race suspension with victory in the Grand Prix of Europe. Nigel Mansell's return was less succesful, ending up in gravel.

As Great Britain prepared to take on the impressive Australians at Wembley, Gus Risman, one of rugby league's legends, died at the age of 83.

Richard Wetherell