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February 12, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
Celtic Park — Glasgow
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
Attendance:‬ 57917‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Celtic 0-3 Juventus

Goal.com evaluates the performances of everyone involved in Glasgow, as the Bianconeri all but sealed their place in the quarter-finals with a resounding victory

By Mark Doyle

  • Fraser Forster
    30
    105
    2.50

    Fraser Forster

    Conceded a goal that he could have done little about inside the opening two minutes but, in truth, had nothing more of note to do before being beaten a little too easily by Marchiso for Juve's second. Certainly not at fault for Vucinic's killer third, though.

  • E. Izaguirre
    40
    78
    2.50

    E. Izaguirre

    The fit-again Honduran signalled his intent to bomb forward early on, firing wide of Buffon's right post after less than two minutes of action. Did a fine job of nullifying Lichsteiner, who is often Juve's best attacking outlet.

  • E. Ambrose
    60
    213
    1.00

    E. Ambrose Flop of the Match

    A surprise inclusion in the hosts' starting line-up having only returned from South Africa on Tuesday morning, the Nigerian still appeared to be half asleep when he allowed Matri to net the opener. Squandered a great chance to make amends by heading straight at Buffon and then capped a dismal display by allowing Juve in for their third.

  • Kelvin Wilson
    32
    83
    3.00

    Kelvin Wilson

    Made a heroic bid to keep out Matri's opener but it proved in vain. However, he did succeed in keeping the goalscorer very quiet thereafter and also made a brilliant block on a shot from Marchisio midway through the second half. Not to blame for Celtic's late capitulation.

  • Charles Mulgrew
    22
    82
    2.50

    Charles Mulgrew

    Occasionally caught in possession and a tad over zealous in the tackle, but Mulgrew did a good job protecting his back four. Also got forward when he could, dragging a half-volley wide inside the opening 10 minutes, as well as sending over a cross that Ambrose really should have converted.

  • M. Lustig
    44
    79
    2.50

    M. Lustig

    The Swede did wonderfully well to whip the ball away from the toes of Matri as the forward was shaping to shoot 21 minutes in. From an attacking perspective, he was a terrific outlet down the right-hand side, sending over a couple of wonderful crosses during the first half before injury cruelly cut short his evening.

  • Scott Brown
    27
    150
    3.00

    Scott Brown

    The skipper made it his business to get in Andrea Pirlo's face at every opportunity and he undoubtedly unsettled the Bianconeri playmaker. However, Brown, like those around him, was ultimately unable to maintain that astounding work-rate after the break.

  • Kris Commons
    54
    76
    3.00

    Kris Commons

    A constant goal threat in the first half, Commons saw two fine strikes saved by Buffon, while also missing the target with two volleys, the second of which, an acrobatic overhead, bounced just wide. However, he faded badly in the second half and was replaced with just over 15 minutes remaining.

  • James Forrest
    18
    107
    2.50

    James Forrest

    Handed a start up front in the injury-enforced absence of Samaras, Forrest threatened only sporadically. Did his bit defensively, though, picking up a booking as part of Celtic's unapologetic attempts to rough up Pirlo.

  • Victor Wanyama
    121
    88
    2.00

    Victor Wanyama

    The Kenyan sought to impose himself on the proceedings right from the off, testing Buffon twice with long-range efforts inside the opening six minutes. Adept at both pilfering and retaining possession, he played a key role in Celtic sustaining their onslaught for nearly the entire first half, but was nowhere near as influential in the second period.

  • Gary Hooper
    30
    142
    2.50

    Gary Hooper

    Was involved in a running battle with Lichsteiner which ultimately led to both being booked. Held the ball up well but, unlike those supporting him, never got a clear sight of goal. Jury is therefore still out on his claims as a top-level striker.

Substitutions

  • Adam Matthews
    21
    75
    2.00

    Adam Matthews

    Came on in place of the hobbling Lustig just over 10 minutes into the second half but did not offer anything like the same attacking threat.

  • Beram Kayal
    20
    76
    2.00

    Beram Kayal

    Replaced Brown with 10 minutes remaining but was unable to turn the midfield battle back in Celtic's favour.

  • Tony Watt
    24
    75
    2.00

    Tony Watt

    Took over from the increasingly ineffective Commons but did not offer anything particularly different.

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    658
    10
    3.50

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Underlined his enduring class and composure with a string of solid saves during the opening 45 minutes. Had less to do in the second half but was very reliable under the high ball.

  • Martín Cáceres
    586
    17
    3.50

    Martín Cáceres

    Loose pass early doors but made a couple of timely interceptions, most notably when Forrest was threatening to break through on goal. His prowess in the air also proved invaluable in light of Celtic's aerial bombardment.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    695
    19
    4.00

    Andrea Barzagli Top of the Match

    Unlike Lichsteiner, had the strength to deal with Hooper without having to resort to shirt-pulling. Yet another dominant display from the veteran defender.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    480
    94
    3.50

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Back in the Bianconeri starting line-up after serving a domestic ban, the Italy international proved his worth by playing a key role in Juve weathering the Celtic storm, with an expertly-timed tackle on the advancing Izaguirre the highlight of his night's work.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    535
    50
    3.00

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    Was afforded nowhere near as many opportunities to get forward as usual, but he still managed to get in behind Izaguirre on a couple of occasions. However, seemed to spent most of his time tangling with Hooper in the area, and was somewhat fortunate to avoid giving away a penalty for man-handling the forward.

  • Federico Peluso
    525
    41
    3.00

    Federico Peluso

    With the game having come too soon for Asamoah, Peluso was chosen to fill the void left by the injured De Ceglie. Although he could easily have been penalised for elbowing Commons in the back of the head, he defended soundly before succumbing to cramp.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    729
    22
    4.00

    Claudio Marchisio

    An oustanding performance from Marchisio, who caused Celtic all sorts of problems with his runs from midfield. Was on hand to make sure Juve went ahead by sending Wilson's clearance back where it came from, before all but booking the Bianconeri's berth in the last 16 with a splendidly taken goal and then a terrific through-ball for Vucinic.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    543
    53
    3.00

    Andrea Pirlo

    Undoubedly irked by the 'special' attention paid to him by Brown and his cohorts, Pirlo initially rose to the incitement before then doing what he does best: picking out passes. Much like Juve, class eventually told.

  • Arturo Vidal
    547
    27
    3.00

    Arturo Vidal

    Offered plenty of bite in the middle of the park and his seemingly limitless supply of energy eventually wore Celtic down and allowed Juve to take command in midfield.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    488
    50
    3.50

    Mirko Vučinić

    Did not link particularly well with Matri early on, with the mercurial Montenegrin struggling to get himself into the game. Had a golden chance to double Juve's lead, but he blew it, with his first touch taking him too far wide. However, he simply bided his time and scored Juve's crucial third by coolly slotting the ball past Forster, after being put in on goal by Marchisio.

  • Alessandro Matri
    586
    33
    3.50

    Alessandro Matri

    Got the nod up front in light of his recent hot streak in front of goal and vindicated his inclusion by netting the opener, the former Cagliari man outmuscling Ambrose before dinking the ball over Foster. Worked tirelessly thereafter, even if he did not get much service.

Substitutions

  • Paul Pogba
    472
    39
    2.50

    Paul Pogba

    Sent on in place of Matri for the last 10 minutes and helped to shore things up in midfield.

  • Simone Padoin
    423
    44
    3.00

    Simone Padoin

    Replaced the tiring Peluso midway through the second half and employed similar tactics to Lichsteiner in keeping Hooper quiet.

  • Nicolas Anelka
    388
    155
    2.00

    Nicolas Anelka

    Saw four minutes of action at the death, after taking over up front from Vucinic.

Results
 
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6 2