Celtic walked away from West Lothian on Saturday afternoon with three vital Scottish Premiership points. It was a win that helped the Hoops bounce back from European disappointment last Tuesday.
Feyenoord defeated the Hoops by two goals to nil at de Kuip, and along with Atletico Madrid and Lazio, the Dutch side were in action at the weekend. Today we will tell you how each side faired in their domestic leagues over the weekend, starting with the Dutch side.
Arne Slot’s men blew away Ajax in the biggest game in Dutch football on Sunday. Feyenoord took a three-nil lead in the first 37 minutes at the Johan Cruyff Arena, although unrest among the home support caused the match to be abandoned before things could get worse.
The result puts some perspective on the Celts’ result in the Netherlands last Tuesday, particularly when you consider they were down to nine men towards the end. It was a successful derby day at the office for Feyenoord from a footballing point of view, and they weren’t the only Group E side to be facing off against their city rivals on Sunday.
Indeed Atletico Madrid welcomed Real Madrid to Civas Metropolitan Stadium yesterday, and they walked away with an impressive 3-1 victory. Goals from Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann were enough for Atleti, who won in typical Diego Simeone fashion, having seen only 36% of the ball throughout the match.
The Spaniards moved up to fifth in the La Liga table with the win. They are due to take on Celtic at the end of October at Parkhead in the first of what will be an entertaining double-header.
Last and potentially least in terms of result, Lazio were in action on Saturday. They hosted Monza who are experiencing only their second-ever Serie A season. In the end, it was a disappointing day for Maurizio Sarri’s men who faltered to a 1-1 draw, their only goal of the game coming from the spot.
The Stadio Olimpico side has not endured the greatest start to the 2023/24 season – they currently sit 15th in the table having accumulated just four points so far. Before they face the Scottish champions, however, they have two chances to turn things around.
Lazio are due to face Torino on Wednesday then AC Milan at the San Siro on the weekend. Sarri and his men must turn things around before their trip to Glasgow, although it is fair to say all those of a green and white persuasion wouldn’t mind the Italians going into the match on poor form.