In a round of Saturday fixtures that did not provide Juventus’ Champions League Group B rivals with the momentum they would have been hoping for ahead of the return of European competition this week, only Galatasaray managed to get points on the board.
The Bianconeri’s opponents on Wednesday at Juventus Stadium went into the game still awaiting confirmation of the manager who is to replace Fatih Terim, but they maintained some consistency through deciding not to rest any of the big names in a strong line-up against Rizespor.
Engin Baytar put the hosts in front with a curling long-range finish, but Rizespor got one back and Galatasaray were unable to find a winner. Not a bad result, though, considering their opponents found themselves in third place going into the game - level on points with leaders Besiktas and Fenerbahce – and had won three on the trot.
Atletico Madrid pulled off a historic victory against Real Madrid to win the Copa del Rey back in May, and they continued to go against the trend in a derby fixture that has historically been dominated by Los Merengues with another win against Juve’s UCL rivals yesterday.
Diego Costa’s goal meant that Gareth Bale did not enjoy a winning debut at the Bernabeu, and it’s fair to say that Real were outplayed by a solid Atletico side whose skill in attack saw all four members of Carlo Ancelotti’s back line receive bookings. Real are now five points off the pace of Atletico and Barcelona at the top of La Liga.
A fierce rivalry between two teams also characterised FC Copenhagen’s game against Brondby. But Stale Solbakken’s men were unable to get a result in the “New Firm” derby, the Danish fixture that attracts the biggest audiences.
Despite goals from Fanendo Adi and Youssef Toutouh, Juve’s rivals eventually sunk to a 3-2 defeat that put an end to their upward trajectory in disappointing fashion.