Man City v PSG, Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship, WWE Dune Bash Tour – five things to watch this week



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FOOTBALL: Manchester City v Paris Saint-Germain, Uefa Champions League, Tuesday, 10.45pm, beIN Sports

Manchester City will feel they hold a slight advantage over the French champions after securing a 2-2 draw in the first leg of this quarter-final last week in Paris, with away goals set to send the English club through should this return leg finish scoreless. PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a penalty saved by Joe Hart in the first leg but with a move to England this summer a constant source of speculation in the British media, he will want to show English clubs that, even at 34, he still possesses the big-game mentality and can carry his team through when it matters most. City have never reached the semi-finals of this competition, they may never get a better chance.

JIU-JITSU: Abu Dhabi World Professional Championship, April 15-24, Ipic Arena, Zayed Sports City

Faisal Al Ketbi and the rest of the UAE contingent will look to showcase their skills in front of their home fans in what is widely regarded as one of the highlights on the jiu-jitu calendar. Proceedings start this Friday with the two-day Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Festival before the young practitioners, open to all players under 18, take to the mat in the Youth Cup from April 17-18. The seniors will be in action from April 19-23, and will see some of the best players on the planet vying for medals across all belts and weight categories. Visit www.uaejjf.com for additional information.

WRESTLING: WWE Live Dune Bash Tour, Thursday-Friday, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium

The WWE is coming back to the UAE to hold shows in Dubai for the first time in 20 years. Former Intercontinental champion Dean Ambrose, United States champion Kallisto, and The New Day, the WWE tag team champions are among the superstars listed to be on the Tour. Other names included on the schedule are Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show and Sami Zayn. Tickets available at dubai.platinumlist.net.

FOOTBALL: Al Ahli v Al Ain, Arabian Gulf League, Thursday, 8.30pm, Rashid Stadium, Dubai

Before Sunday’s matches a point was all that separated leaders Al Ahli and second-placed Al Ain, which makes Thursday’s match at Rashid Stasium a potential title decider, with both sides feeling they can deal a fatal blow to the others title hopes. UAE champions Al Ain know they most likely have to win their remaining games to usurp Ahli to the Arabian Gulf League title. Zlatko Dalic’s men have already taken three points off the Dubai club this season with a 3-0 victory at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium on December 5.

RUNNING: Dubai Desert Road Run, Saturday, The Sevens stadium, Al Ain Road/E66

First held in February 2012, the Dubai Desert Road Run is held several times a year, and is open to runners of all ages, levels and ability. The Dubai Desert Road Run features two distances; 3 kilometres and 10 kilometres. Both distances are run on private roads over a safe, traffic-free course. The start and finish for each Dubai Desert Road Run is at the heart of the village in The Sevens stadium. Visit www.dubairunning.com for additional information and to register.

David Haye record

Total fights: 32
Wins: 28
Wins by KO: 26
Losses: 4

Company profile

Name: Steppi

Founders: Joe Franklin and Milos Savic

Launched: February 2020

Size: 10,000 users by the end of July and a goal of 200,000 users by the end of the year

Employees: Five

Based: Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai

Financing stage: Two seed rounds – the first sourced from angel investors and the founders' personal savings

Second round raised Dh720,000 from silent investors in June this year