The sports weekend in pictures

Qatar became the first hosts to lose an opener in the 92-year history of the World Cup as the tournament finally got underway.

In Abu Dhabi, Max Verstappen took victory in Formula 1’s season-ending Grand Prix – as Lewis Hamilton’s winning record in every season of his career went up in smoke with a forced retirement.

In the absence of the Premier League, national attention shifted to the Women’s Super League, where Chelsea returned to the top of the table and welcomed Emma Hayes into the dugout with a 3-0 win over Tottenham.

The Autumn Internationals continued with a shock loss to Georgia for Wales while England came back to draw New Zealand.

Here, the PA News Agency takes a look at some of the best footage from an action-packed weekend of sports action.

The World Cup has finally started in Qatar with an opening ceremony before the first game (Adam Davy/PA)

Morgan Freeman was even part of the opening ceremony
Morgan Freeman was even part of the opening ceremony (Adam Davy/PA)

Ecuador's Enner Valencia scored as his side beat Qatar 2-0
Ecuador’s Enner Valencia scored twice as his side beat Qatar 2-0 (Manu Fernandez/AP)

Verstappen capped a championship year with victory at the last Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi
Max Verstappen capped off a championship year with victory at the last Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi (Hussein Malla/AP)

England pulled off an incredible draw, holding New Zealand to a 25-25 result in the dying seconds
England snatched an incredible draw, holding New Zealand to a 25-25 result in the dying seconds (Ben Whitley/PA)

Wales suffered an embarrassing 13-12 loss to Georgia at the Principality Stadium
Wales suffered an embarrassing 13-12 loss to Georgia at the Principality Stadium (Joe Giddens/PA)

Emma Hayes returned to the dugout as Chelsea reclaimed top spot in the Women's Super League table with a 3-0 win over Tottenham
Emma Hayes returned to the dugout as Chelsea reclaimed top spot in the Women’s Super League with a 3-0 win over Tottenham (John Walton/PA)

Rachel Furness scored a last-minute equalizer as Liverpool drew 3-3 with 10-woman Brighton
Rachel Furness scored a last-minute equalizer as Liverpool drew 3-3 with Women’s 10 Brighton (Zac Goodwin/PA)

Novak Djokovic beat Casper Ruud to win record sixth ATP Finals title
Novak Djokovic beat Casper Ruud to claim a record sixth ATP Finals title (Antonio Calanni/AP)

Ireland overcame the loss of captain Johnny Sexton to end the year with a 13-10 win over Australia
Ireland overcame the loss of captain Johnny Sexton to end the year with a 13-10 win over Australia (Brian Lawless/PA)

Christy J. Olson