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Juventus cruise to Celtic victory

Published: Wednesday 6 March 2013, 22.50CET
Juventus 2-0 Celtic FC (agg: 5-0)
A goal in each half by Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella sealed a comfortable win that took Juve into the last eight for the first time since 2006.
by Paolo Menicucci
from Juventus Stadium

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Match statistics

JuventusCeltic

Goals scored2
 
0
on target6
 
7
off target2
 
7
Corners1
 
3
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed14
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)43
 
57

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Published: Wednesday 6 March 2013, 22.50CET

Juventus cruise to Celtic victory

Juventus 2-0 Celtic FC (agg: 5-0)
A goal in each half by Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella sealed a comfortable win that took Juve into the last eight for the first time since 2006.

Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella scored in each half as Juventus beat Celtic FC 2-0 to qualify for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals with a convincing 5-0 round of 16 aggregate triumph.

Juventus, who have not conceded a goal in the competition since matchday three, had already done most of the work in the first leg when they won 3-0 at Celtic Park, a result that allowed coach Antonio Conte to rest several players. Celtic tried to mount an unlikely comeback but fell behind on the night to an opportunistic Matri strike on 24 minutes before Juve doubled their lead 20 minutes into the second half. Quagliarella rounded off a nice team move to complete a victory that takes them into the last eight for the first time since 2005/06.

In heavy rain both sides struggled to create serious opportunities in the early stages, the first attempt coming after 21 minutes when Joe Ledley's left-footed strike from 25 metres whistled centimetres wide of Gianluigi Buffon's top corner. Three minutes later Juve were more accurate with their own first attempt, Fraser Forster only parrying Quagliarella's low shot and Matri quick to pounce on the rebound to put the Bianconeri in front.

Only a great Buffon save prevented Celtic responding immediately after Gary Hooper diverted Kris Commons's low drive, forcing the wrong-footed Bianconeri goalkeeper to acrobatically twist to his left and palm away. At the other end Arturo Vidal blazed over from a good position after a counterattack led by Quagliarella.

Ten minutes before the interval Celtic were again close to an equaliser as Giorgos Samaras finished a good run down the left with a low cross-shot which flashed narrowly wide at the far post, Hooper just failing to make contact. Juventus, however, continued to look the likelier scorers and threatened another goal soon after the break, Quagliarella forcing Forster into a difficult stop after a nice back-heeled pass by Matri.

Visiting manager Neil Lennon lost Adam Matthews to an injury shortly after, replacing him with James Forrest. Celtic's reshuffled back line were exposed again five minutes past the hour, a trademark Andrea Pirlo pass picking out Vidal in behind the defence; the Chile midfielder chested down and squared for Quagliarella to roll into the empty net.

Samaras had a chance to give Celtic the last word but fired over from a good position with seven minutes remaining. Juve therefore reach the quarter-finals on a streak of five consecutive wins without conceding – and will be aiming for the last four for the first time in ten years.

Last updated: 13/03/13 0.25CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2013/matches/round=2000348/match=2009595/postmatch/report/index.html#juventus+cruise+past+celtic

Quotes

  • Antonio Conte

    "This team is hungry and we always have to be hungry because we've just started eating. We sat at the table last year with the Scudetto, but we've just started eating"

  • Neil Lennon

    "I'm a very proud manager tonight to be in this magnificent arena and I hope these young guys blossom from this experience"

Lineups

juventus

Juventus

celtic

Celtic

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
1
ForsterFraser Forster (GK)
6
PogbaPaul Pogba
2
MatthewsAdam Matthews
Substitution52
13
PelusoFederico Peluso
Yellow Card17
Substitution59
3
IzaguirreEmilio Izaguirre
Yellow Card65
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
6
WilsonKelvin Wilson
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
9
SamarasGiorgios Samaras (C)
20
PadoinSimone Padoin
15
CommonsKris Commons
Substitution73
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
Substitution69
16
LedleyJoe Ledley
23
VidalArturo Vidal
Substitution67
21
MulgrewCharlie Mulgrew
27
QuagliarellaFabio Quagliarella
Goal65
33
KayalBeram Kayal
32
MatriAlessandro Matri
Goal24
67
WanyamaVictor Wanyama
Substitution46
39
MarroneLuca Marrone
88
HooperGary Hooper

Substitutes

30
StorariMarco Storari (GK)
24
ZałuskaŁukasz Załuska (GK)
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
4
AmbroseEfe Ambrose
Substitution46
9
VučinićMirko Vučinić
7
MikuMiku
12
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
10
StokesAnthony Stokes
22
AsamoahKwadwo Asamoah
Substitution59
11
NouiouiLassad Nouioui
Substitution73
24
GiaccheriniEmanuele Giaccherini
Substitution69
46
McGeouchDylan McGeouch
33
IslaMauricio Isla
Substitution67
49
ForrestJames Forrest
Substitution52

Coach

Antonio Conte (ITA) Neil Lennon (NIR)

Referee

Fırat Aydınus (TUR)

Assistant referees

Serkan Ok (TUR), Alek Tascioglu (TUR)

Fourth official

Çem Satman (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Barış Şimşek (TUR), Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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