The official website for European football

Clinical Juventus catch Celtic cold

Published: Tuesday 12 February 2013, 22.50CET
Celtic FC 0-3 Juventus
The visitors withstood fierce home pressure after Alessandro Matri's early goal before Claudio Marchisio and Mirko Vučinić gave them a clear advantage.
by Alex O'Henley
from Celtic Park

rate galleryrate photo
1/0
counter
  • loading...

Match statistics

CelticJuventus

Goals scored0
3
on target9
 
7
off target7
 
1
Corners10
 
4
Offsides0
5
Fouls committed12
 
12
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)48
 
52

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 12 February 2013, 22.50CET

Clinical Juventus catch Celtic cold

Celtic FC 0-3 Juventus
The visitors withstood fierce home pressure after Alessandro Matri's early goal before Claudio Marchisio and Mirko Vučinić gave them a clear advantage.

Juventus produced a display of resolute defending and clinical counterattacking to move within touching distance of reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in seven seasons thanks to an emphatic win at Celtic FC.

Alessandro Matri opened the scoring in the third minute and, though the Italian champions were put under strong pressure, they held firm before increasing their lead on the counterattack in the closing stages. Marchisio added a second on 77 minutes and Mirko Vučinić took the Bianconeri within sight of a first last-eight place since 2005/06 with a third goal seven minutes from time.

Celtic had threatened first, Victor Wanyama stinging the palms of Gianluigi Buffon from long range with barely 60 seconds on the clock, but almost immediately Juventus broke upfield. Neil Lennon included Efe Ambrose in his starting lineup hours after his return from Nigeria's victorious Africa Cup of Nations campaign and the defender was caught under a high ball from Federico Peluso, allowing Matri to knock the ball past him and slot under the advancing Fraser Forster despite Kelvin Wilson's attempt to prevent it going over the line.

Marchisio made sure by firing the loose ball high into the net but referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco had already awarded the goal having been alerted by the additional assistant referee stationed on the line beside Forster's left-hand post.

The Hoops pressed hard for an equaliser, Kris Commons bringing out another save from Buffon and directing an overhead kick just past the post. However, Antonio Conte's men appeared the more composed side and their constant pressing meant Celtic struggled to find any passing rhythm.

The visitors seemed content to sit back as the second period unfolded and, although they now dominated possession, the Scottish title holders were still struggling to create clear-cut chances. Ominously, Andrea Pirlo was starting to direct play in front of the Juve back three, although the strategy was not without risk, emphasised by Charlie Mulgrew's pinpoint left-wing cross that picked out Ambrose unmarked in front of goal. The defender could only head into the arms of Buffon.

Juventus were looking dangerous on the counterattack, however, and on 67 minutes only Wilson's outstretched leg denied Vučinić. The Serie A team were not to be denied and with 13 minutes remaining Matri played in the excellent Marchisio, who turned inside Scott Brown before slotting past Forster at the near post.

With Celtic's eight-match unbeaten home run against Italian opposition coming to an end, Juventus – losers on their two previous visits to Celtic Park – scored a crowning third in the 83rd minute. Once more Marchisio was at the heart of the move, dispossessing Ambrose and supplying Vučinić to drive beyond Forster and put Juve in a comfortable position for the Turin return on 6 March.

Last updated: 17/12/13 9.07CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2013/matches/round=2000348/match=2009585/postmatch/report/index.html#clinical+juve+celtic

Lineups

celtic

Celtic

juventus

Juventus

1
ForsterFraser Forster (GK)
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
3
IzaguirreEmilio Izaguirre
4
CáceresMartín Cáceres
4
AmbroseEfe Ambrose
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
Goal77
Yellow Card89
6
WilsonKelvin Wilson
9
VučinićMirko Vučinić
Goal83
Substitution86
8
BrownScott Brown (C)
Yellow Card76
Substitution80
13
PelusoFederico Peluso
Substitution69
15
CommonsKris Commons
Substitution73
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
21
MulgrewCharlie Mulgrew
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
23
LustigMikael Lustig
Substitution59
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
49
ForrestJames Forrest
Yellow Card42
23
VidalArturo Vidal
67
WanyamaVictor Wanyama
26
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
Yellow Card37
88
HooperGary Hooper
Yellow Card37
32
MatriAlessandro Matri
Goal3
Substitution81

Substitutes

24
ZałuskaŁukasz Załuska (GK)
30
StorariMarco Storari (GK)
2
MatthewsAdam Matthews
Substitution59
6
PogbaPaul Pogba
Substitution81
7
MikuMiku
12
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
11
NouiouiLassad Nouioui
18
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
Substitution86
16
LedleyJoe Ledley
20
PadoinSimone Padoin
Substitution69
Yellow Card76
32
WattTony Watt
Substitution73
27
QuagliarellaFabio Quagliarella
33
KayalBeram Kayal
Substitution80
39
MarroneLuca Marrone

Coach

Neil Lennon (NIR) Antonio Conte (ITA)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP), Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)

Fourth official

Raúl Cabanero Martínez (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Fernando Teixeira (ESP), César Muñiz (ESP)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE words, the UEFA Champions League logo and trophy and the UEFA Champions League Final logos are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.