It was Galatasaray’s result at the Turk Telekom Arena on Friday – a comfortable 2-0 win over Elazigspor – that Bianconeri eyes were most keenly trained on this weekend ahead of walking out at that ground on Tuesday evening.
But FC Copenhagen and Real Madrid, the other two Champions League Group B sides to go head-to-head on Tuesday, were also in domestic action yesterday, and they produced some equally interesting results.
The Danes ensured they approach that encounter at Parken Stadium with good momentum by securing a 1-0 win over Verstsjaelland. Marvin Pourie was decisive in the victory that constitutes the latest step in a remarkable turnaround of fortunes in the Super Liga, where Stale Solbakken’s men are now three points off top spot.
It wasn’t such a smooth ride for Real Madrid, who were incredibly held to a goalless draw in the first leg of their Copa del Rey round of 32 tie with third division outfit Olimpic Xativa.
The return leg at the Bernabeu will provide Carlo Ancelotti’s men with ample opportunity to secure the win, but credit should go to the defensive heroics of the Spanish minnows who managed to hold out against a Los Blancos side which was by no means second-string.