All three of Juventus’ Champions League Group B rivals will approach this week’s European fixtures with confidence after recording victories in their domestic fixtures.
In action yesterday were Real Madrid, who scored five for the second game in a row, and this time with no reply, away at Almeria.
It was a very positive result that sees them just three points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid, but one which produced a notable new addition to Carlo Ancelotti’s growing injury list: Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portugese opened the scoring with just three minutes played - his 14th goal in seven games - but limped off just after half-time. Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Isco and Alvaro Morata were also all on the scoresheet.
Galatasaray pulled off an impressive 2-1 win at home against Sivasspor in an action-packed game that involved four red cards and two penalties amongst many other thrills and spills.
Roberto Mancini’s men overcame the side managed by Brazilian World Cup-winner Roberto Carlos, a real surprise-package this season, thanks to goals from Burak Yilmaz and Selcuk Inan.
But FC Copenhagen are the side that all Bianconeri eyes will have been on this weekend ahead of their trip to Juventus Stadium for Wednesday evening’s decisive Champions League clash.
And the Danes set themselves up well for that encounter this afternoon with a 4-1 home win against Viborg, who were level on points with the hosts going into the match. A double from Igor Vetokele and goals from Cesar Santin and Youssef Toutouh ensured they remain in third place in the Super Liga.