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Sneijder strike sends Galatasaray through

Published: Wednesday 11 December 2013, 15.40CET
Galatasaray AŞ 1-0 Juventus
Wesley Sneijder applied the killer blow five minutes from the end to send his side into the round of 16 at the expense of the Italian champions.
by Dirk Vermeiren
from Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi

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Match statistics

GalatasarayJuventus

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)51
 
49
Total attempts13
 
13
on target3
 
7
off target10
 
6
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
5
Offsides1
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
17
Fouls suffered15
 
15
Passes475
 
493
completed307
 
306

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 11 December 2013, 15.40CET

Sneijder strike sends Galatasaray through

Galatasaray AŞ 1-0 Juventus
Wesley Sneijder applied the killer blow five minutes from the end to send his side into the round of 16 at the expense of the Italian champions.

Wesley Sneijder struck five minutes from time to send Galatasaray AŞ through to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 as Group B runners-up, with Juventus finishing third and moving into the UEFA Europa League.

The Dutchman held his nerve to apply the finishing touch with a low shot, but credit must also go to Didier Drogba who had set him up with a brilliantly cushioned header. The game had originally been suspended last night after 32 minutes because of heavy snow in Istanbul, and resumed in similarly challenging conditions, with Galatasaray – knowing only a win would send them through – carving out the better chances.

With a round of 16 place at stake, it was a massive encounter for both clubs, but the weather added a whole new dimension to the match. A tense midfield battle was evolving when the fixture was suspended on Tuesday night, and it was to be similarly tight when play began again on Wednesday, with neither side being given time or space to create. Galatasaray saw more of the ball, but the Juventus defence seemed to have the measure of them.

Carlos Tévez scuffed a shot wide for Juventus just before the break, and it was his backheel that set up Claudio Marchisio midway through the second half, but Marchisio's low shot was held by Fernando Muslera. At the other end, the impressive Drogba surged into the area just before the hour mark but Gianluigi Buffon got down quickly to block his powerful shot.

With a heavy pitch proving to be a challenge to both sides, Galatasaray pushed on, hemming their opponents in more and more as the second half went on, but there had been few clear-cut opportunities until Sneijder sent the hardy 20,000 home fans into raptures with his goal.

Victory means Galatasaray finish second in Group B behind Real Madrid CF. Third place means a transfer to the UEFA Europa League for Juventus, and a chance of playing in the final at their home stadium on Wednesday 14 May.

Last updated: 13/12/13 0.12CET

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Lineups

galatasaray

Galatasaray

juventus

Juventus

25
MusleraFernando Muslera (GK)
Yellow Card90+2
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
3
Felipe MeloFelipe Melo
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
5
Gökhan ZanGökhan Zan
6
PogbaPaul Pogba
8
Selçuk İnanSelçuk İnan (C)
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
Yellow Card18
Substitution87
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Yellow Card77
Goal85
Substitution90+2
10
TévezCarlos Tévez
Yellow Card59
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
14
LlorenteFernando Llorente
17
Burak YılmazBurak Yılmaz
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
21
ChedjouAurélien Chedjou
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
Substitution90
26
Semih KayaSemih Kaya
22
AsamoahKwadwo Asamoah
27
EbouéEmmanuel Eboué
Substitution81
23
VidalArturo Vidal
77
RieraAlbert Riera
26
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner

Substitutes

86
Ufuk CeylanUfuk Ceylan (GK)
30
StorariMarco Storari (GK)
6
Ceyhun GülselamCeyhun Gülselam
Substitution90+2
4
CáceresMartín Cáceres
13
NounkeuDany Nounkeu
5
OgbonnaAngelo Ogbonna
19
Umut BulutUmut Bulut
Substitution81
Yellow Card89
12
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
Substitution90
20
BrumaBruma
20
PadoinSimone Padoin
35
Yekta KurtuluşYekta Kurtuluş
27
QuagliarellaFabio Quagliarella
Substitution87
52
Emre ÇolakEmre Çolak
33
IslaMauricio Isla

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Antonio Conte (ITA)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Tiago Trigo (POR)

Fourth official

Venâncio Tomé (POR)

Additional assistant referees

João Capela (POR), Duarte Gomes (POR)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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