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.