- Champions League
- 6 March 2013, 7:45pm
- Juventus Stadium
FULL-TIME: CELTIC OUT! It's a miserable end to what has been another fantastic Champions League campaign for Celtic. Although you would have thought they were heading through judging by the travelling Hoops fans who have been in superb voice this evening. However, it's job done for Juve who march on to the quarter-finals. Thanks for joining Orange's live coverage. Stick around for the full-match report.
90 mins: THREE minutes of stoppage time?! That's more controversial than Nani's red card. Anyway, Commons and Kayal both see their long-distances strikes saved as they desperately try to get on the scoresheet.
87 mins:Pogba is down injured inside his own area as we approach that magic 90-minute mark.
84 mins: One thing that has happened is that Celtic have seen lots of the ball in the last quarter of the game. The latest passage of play though results in Samaras blazing over. The flaming galah.
81 mins: Did you know that Georgios Samaras was eligible to play for Australia? No, me neither.
78 mins: There's not much happening folks. I think this one is over.
74 mins: Commons has now being replaced by Lassad. Back on the pitch, Hooper steers his long-range shot wide of the left post.
71 mins: Still no sign of a Celtic goal as Commons makes a mess of two difficult chances inside the Juve area.
69 mins:Juve make their final two changes and it's Pirlo and Vidal coming off for Giaccherini and Isla.
65 MINS: DECISIVE FROM JUVE! Now this a silky move! Pirlo pops the ball over the top of Izaguirre for Vidal to bring down near the right byline. He then squares it to QUAGLIARELLA who coolly taps it in. I'm declaring this tie a romp!
63 mins: I think the cameras should just stay on the crowd for the last half an hour. It certainly looks more fun than what's happening on the pitch on the moment! The Celtic fans are having a lovely time by the looks of it.
59 mins:After Ambrose somehow sends a free header from inside the six-yard box over the bar, Juve make their first change with Asamoah replacing Peluso.
56 mins: Samaras rises at the far post to head a cross from the right back across goal. There's nobody there in Celtic colours gambling and Pirlo is able to saunter out with the ball.
54 mins:Matri and Quagliarella link-up well around the edge of the box but are twice denied by Wilson who is throwing himself at everything.
51 mins: Matthews has done his hammy and will not be playing any further part in this match. Forrest is his replacement.
48 mins: Celtic begin the second-half right on the back foot as Matri goes close to getting his second goal of the evening with a left-footed curler.
45 mins: Welcome back for the second-half. Celtic make a change with Wanyama coming off for Ambrose. I seem to recall he had a good first leg.
HALF-TIME: So Celtic are once again putting up a fight against Juventus and still have nothing to show for it. Juve haven't been particularly good this evening but still find themselves ahead in the second-leg courtesy of a Alessandro Matri tap-in. Join me again in 15 minutes to see if Celtic can put any respectabiltiy back in this tie.
45 mins: One minute of time added on in Turin with Celtic pressing forward.
43 mins:Vidal is given plenty of space to roam forwards for Juve and scuffs a low shot straight at Forster who manages not to spill this one.
41 mins: Kayal arrives late in the area to head an outswinging cross from the left straight at the busy Buffon.
38 mins: Celtic play some lovely, intricate passing over on the left wing before a pumped-up Pogba charges in to spoil it. Then Izaguirre cracks a cross straight into the buoyant Juve crowd. Sigh.
35 mins: All of a sudden, Samaras is in behind the Juve defence with a sharp turn and slams the ball across the face of goal where Hooper is a toenail away from turning it in! SO close!
33 mins: The ref is awarding free-kicks all over the shop at the moment which is disrupting the little fluency this game had.
30 mins:Vidal wastes a great chance to inflict further pain on Celtic. He's all alone in an inside-right postion after Izaguirre fails to track back, but spoons his effort over the bar.
27 mins: With the home fans in party mode, they are almost silenced as Hooper gets a sneaky touch on Commons' long-range effort. Buffon though adjusts his feet really well to divert this one over!
24 MINS: JUVE TAKE THE LEAD!If this tie wasn't already dead, it most certainly is now! The opener comes after Hooper is easily dispossessed inside his own half. Forster then spills what should have been a routine save from Quagliarella, straight into the path of MATRI who strokes it in!
22 mins: Just as I type that, Ledley lets rip from 20 yards with a shot that has Buffon a little worried. Luckily for him, it spins just wide of the Juve goal.
20 mins: Juve are finding it hard to motivate themselves to play at the moment. Celtic are seeing plenty of the ball but are being particular wasteful both in and around the area. "See a 4-0 celtic win coming" texts Adrian in Telford.
18 mins: There's an early booking here for Peluso as he hauls back Matthews. From the free-kick, the ball falls to Commons in the area but is dispossessed by Vidal.
16 mins: Juve surge forward from the back and look dangerous. That's until Quagliarella smacks one woefully wide after trying to catch Forster out from inside the centre-circle. Ambitious.
13 mins: Vidal barges Ledley off the ball deep in Celtic's half. A couple of fancy flicks follow from the Italian giants but nothing meaningful comes from it.
10 mins: Pirlo tries to carve open Celtic with a long ball towards Quagliarella, but it's far too high for the striker to control.
8 mins: It's all been a bit scrappy in Turin so far, with the horrible weather playing a major factor in that. However, Celtic will be encouraged by their start as Kayal sees his shot blocked on the edge of the area.
5 mins: Celtic look to be taking the direct approach this evening as 'keeper Forster pumps a long ball up towards a chasing Hooper. The former Scunny striker goes on to give away a sloppy free-kick though.
3 mins:Pirlo gives the ball in midfield (yes, really!), allowing Celtic to break down the left wing. Commons tries to get on the end of the eventual cross but is outmuscled by the Juve defence.
0 mins: Peep! Celtic, in their dark away kits, get us underway in the pouring Turin rain. Juve in their familiar black 'n' white.
1943: "If celtic go out and play the way we did at parkhead and take the chances we made, nothing is impossible", says an optimistic Shaun Mitchell in Fife.
1940:Like Errol Brown, do you believe in miracles? The Celtic players are just about to walk out of the tunnel knowing that they need four goals to progress this evening. I'm going to stick my neck out here and say....they won't get them.
1850:Good evening and welcome to our live Champions League coverage as Celtic travel to Juve with an almighty task on their hands.
No side in the history of the Champions League has ever overturned a 3-0 deficit at home after the first-leg, and Juventus haven't conceded a goal in 400 minutes of European football this season, never mind three!
Celtic make four changes from that disastrous first-leg with Adam Matthews, Giorgios Samaras, Beram Kayal and Joe Ledley all starting in Turin.
Juventus coach Antonio Conte has also rotated his starting eleven as Luca Marrone, Simone Padoin, Paul Pogba and Fabio Quagliarella all come into the side.
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- Champions League
- 6 March 2013, 7:45pm
- Juventus Stadium
Celtic saw their extraordinary UEFA Champions League campaign come to an end in Turin on Wednesday night as Juventus finished the job they had started in Glasgow, winning 2-0 to seal a 5-0 aggregate victory and advance to the quarter-finals.
Goals from Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella either side of the break finished off Neil Lennon's men, who created a host of chances but lacked the all-important finish as they failed to turn Juve's imposing first-leg advantage around.
Celtic looked lively going forward throughout the first half, with the first of several dangerous-looking Emilio Izaguirre crosses breaking into the box in the seventh minute but heading straight into Gianluigi Buffon's waiting gloves. Federico Peluso then saw the first yellow card of the game 10 minutes later for his boisterous attempts to contain Adam Matthews down the right.
The home side had half-chances on the break, with former Manchester United man Paul Pogba swivelling in the box and testing Fraser Forster with a shot that he eventually managed to smother, while a tame Quagliarella effort had trickled wide minutes later, but it was Celtic who had the first real opportunity of the encounter on 21 minutes as Joe Ledley unleashed a fizzing drive from 25 yards which looked destined for the top right-hand corner but flew inches wide.
Juve's breakthrough came just moments later, with Peluso the architect as he teed up Quagliarella for a shot inside the box, which Forster failed to properly deal with, clearing it only as far as Matri. The Italian made no mistake pouncing on the rebound and slipping it home with apparent ease.
That goal left Lennon's troops with an even bigger mountain to climb but the Bhoys refused to sit back, with Buffon forced to pull off a terrific reflex save from a Hooper deflection.
Izaguirre was caught napping moments later as Arturo Vidal found himself in space at the other end but skied his shot from 20 yards into the stands as Juve missed a chance to double their lead.
Celtic's best chance of the first half came 10 minutes before the break as Georgios Samaras shrugged off Leonardo Bonucci to square the ball across the face of goal, with Hooper charging in to meet it with his leg outstretched, but he could not apply the crucial finish as a glaring opportunity went begging. Another Izaguirre ball then fell to the head of Beram Kayal in the box as the minutes trickled down, but the Hoops man could not get enough power behind his header and barely troubled Buffon.
Forster ended the first half with a save when he dived low to keep out Vidal and the second period began in a similar manner, with Quagliarella prompting the keeper to think fast with a fine parry after Charlie Mulgrew's error allowed Matri to create the chance. The visitors then suffered a blow when Matthews pulled up injured while in pursuit of Peluso and was forced off, with James Forrest taking his place and a quick reshuffle seeing half-time substitute Efe Ambrose move to right-back and Mulgrew drop into central defence.
The biggest blow of the second half was yet to come, however, in the form of a clinical second for Juventus through Quagliarella. The visitors had been pressing with Ambrose up early to greet a Mulgrew corner and his header bouncing over the bar, while Commons tested the gloves of Buffon from range. However, the Hoops were given a harsh lesson in how to apply the crucial finish when Andre Pirlo found Matri in behind Izaguirre and the striker fed team-mate Quagliarella with a tidy ball, allowing him to slip home from close range and all but end the Hoops' slender hopes.
With the clock ticking down and little to lose, Hooper let rip with an optimistic shot from the edge of the area but his effort dragged wide - succinctly summing up Celtic's fortunes in front of goal. As the encounter entered the final 10 minutes Samaras came close after picking up the ball on the edge of the box but the Greek forward fired wildly over the bar as Juventus saw out the win.