Juventus set the trend amongst the Champions League Group B teams in the early afternoon yesterday when they came back from a goal down to triumph against Hellas Verona 2-1, with their European rivals all promptly playing out almost identical games in their own domestic leagues later that day.
Galatasaray had reached the same 2-1 scoreline in the Istanbul derby against Besiktas in a similar fashion before the match was called off just before the final whistle following a pitch invasion sparked by a Felipe Melo foul.
Their traditional rivalry was made more intense going into the game by the fact that the Black Eagles were at the top of the table, while last year’s champions of Turkey were playing catch-up.
Fatih Terim’s men found themselves a goal down at half time after Hugo Almeida had headed the hosts in front, but an impressive double from Didier Drogba sealed the comeback in a heated affair.
Real Madrid initially seemed out of luck yesterday when Gareth Bale picked up an injury in the warm up ahead of their home game against Getafe, and things didn’t get any better when the game kicked off, as the visitors took an early lead through Angel Latifa.
But Carlo Ancelotti’s men drew level through Pepe, before the insatiable Cristiano Ronaldo added another double to his goals tally and Isco stuck away a fourth. Los Merengues have jumped to third in La Liga following yesterday’s win, now just two points off joint-leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
FC Copenhagen’s success in turning around their home fixture against Odense may turn out to be the most influential victory of all those earned by the Bianconeri’s group rivals, because it could well be the result that turns around their whole season.
The Danes had gone down 1-0 at Parken Stadium, but goals from Thomas Delaney and Igor Vetokele in the last 10 minutes saw Olof Mellberg and co. record a truly crucial win. Stale Solbakken’s men are still trailing 11 points behind league-leaders Mydtilland, but they have now moved up a position in the Superliga table and gained some definite momentum.