Real Madrid and FC Copenhagen have both picked up three points in their domestic league fixtures this weekend, but it’s the 1-1 draw Galatasaray were held to today by Kasimpasa that will most interest the Bianconeri as they await the final Champions League Group B clash with the Turks on Tuesday 10 December.
A Burak Yilmaz goal wasn’t enough to seal a victory that would have been a great step forward in Galatasaray’s pursuit of Super Lig leaders Fenerbahce. The solitary point picked up at home leaves the Turks nine away from top spot in fourth position.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, were in supreme form as they beat Real Valladolid 4-0 at home yesterday, a win that doesn’t change their position in the La Liga table but does take their total goals tally to two more than Barcelona.
With top-goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo absent through injury, an able replacement in the form of Gareth Bale took on the Portuguese’s mantle, scoring a “perfect hat-trick” with his right foot, left foot and head as well as setting up Karim Benzema for the second. He became only the second ever British player to take home the match ball in La Liga, following in the footsteps of Gary Lineker.
Over in Denmark, FC Copenhagen today picked up a result that will have delighted their fans after losing in Turin midweek: a 3-1 win in the derby against Brondby, the country’s most famous fixture.
Igor Vetokele made his return from the injury that saw him miss out against Juventus to score a brace, while Nicolai Jorgensen scored the other goal to leave the Danes just a point away from second place in the Superliga.