The Bianconeri kick off their Champions League Group A campaign on Tuesday when Malmo visit Juventus Stadium and the Swedish side prepared for that match-up by drawing 3-3 away to BK Hacken.
Having cancelled out Samuel Gustafsson’s early opener through Emil Forsberg, Malmo found themselves with a mountain to climb after Gunnar Thorvaldsson and Gustafsson again shot the hosts into a two-goal advantage prior to the break.
But Forsberg brought the away side back into the game with his second on 53 minutes and Isaac Thelin’s goal 180 seconds later ensured Malmo took a share of the spoils to keep them in top spot of the Allsvenskan, five points clear of closest challengers AIK.
Over in Greece, Olympiacos kept up their 100 per cent home record as they overcame OFI 3-0 at the Karaiskakis Stadium yesterday.
An own goal from Dele Adeleye after only three minutes set the tone for proceedings and when ex-Malmo winger Jimmy Durmaz doubled the home side’s advantage right before the half-time interval, the game was as good as won.
Alejandro Dominguez‘s finish on 54 minutes put the icing on the cake as Olympiacos leapfrogged Atromitos into third position in the Greek Super League.
Saturday evening’s action culminated in a feisty match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid – during which 11 players entered the referee’s notebook - with Diego Simeone’s men running out 2-1 winners over their inter-city rivals.
Tiago flicked in Koke’s corner at Iker Casillas’ near post after only ten minutes before Cristiano Ronaldo, back from his injury problems, picked himself up after being fouled to equalise from the penalty spot midway through the first-half.
The home team rallied for the remainder of the match but it was to be Atletico who would come away with all three points as Arda Turan swept home after a sumptuous move to make it three wins in the last four Madrid derbies for the away side.