FC Copenhagen, Galatasaray and Real Madrid all join Juventus in recording domestic league wins ahead of this week’s round of Champions League fixtures
The promise of Tuesday’s imminent Champions League action seems to have spurred Juventus’ European rivals on to domestic victory this weekend, with FC Copenhagen, Galatasaray and Real Madrid all picking up three points in their league fixtures.
Galatasaray were first to try and secure a momentum-boosting domestic win as they took on Konyaspor on Friday evening. The Turks were slow out of the traps and found themselves behind after a wayward goalkeeping clearance was capitalised on by Recep Aydin, but they battled back and eventually took all three points thanks to goals from Didier Drogba and Burak Yilmaz.
The win means Galatasaray continue to rise up through the Super Lig table under new manager Roberto Mancini, and last year’s champions are now just six points behind current leaders Fenerbahce.
FC Copenhagen are enjoying a real revival of their own in the Danish Superliga, the latest step forward being yesterday afternoon’s emphatic 4-0 home win over Nordsjaelland.
Braces from Igor Vetokele and Nicolai Jorgensen - all of the goals coming in the second half - sunk Juventus’ opponents from last year’s Champions League group stage and have propelled Stale Solbakken’s men to third in the table.
Straight after the final whistle blew on their 1-0 win against Parma at the Tardini, Juventus’ eyes turned to fix on Real Madrid, who were just kicking off against local rivals Rayo Vallecano away from home.
A Cristiano Ronaldo double and a strike from Karim Benzema (with both players benefiting from Gareth Bale assists) meant Los Blancos seemed to be flying just after half-time.
But what can perhaps be explained as a lapse in concentration saw the side who are rooted to the bottom of the La Liga table cut the deficit to just one goal through two converted penalties.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men held on, though, and sealed three points which allow them to stay just six away from unbeaten league leaders Barcelona.