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UEFA Champions League
February 12, 2013
• Celtic Park, Glasgow
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
• Attendance: 57917
A. Matri 3'
C. Marchisio 77'
M. Vučinić 83'
So, Juventus continue their unbeaten run in Europe, taking it to 17 consecutive games whilst Celtic lose at home for only the third time in 24 Champions League matches. Neil Lennon's side will travel to the Juventus Stadium for the return leg on Wednesday March 6 in an attempt to produce one of the greatest turnarounds in the history of the competition. Thanks for joining me, Max Bentley, on what has been a pulsating encounter at Celtic Park. Make sure to check out Goal.com's reaction, player ratings and match report. Until next time, goodbye.
FULL TIME: CELTIC 0 - 3 JUVENTUS. The scoreline does not reflect the performance but Antonio Conte's side will hardly care as they take a valuable three-goal cushion back to Turin. Celtic fans can be proud of the effort show by their players but ultimately they were masters of their own downfall with Efe Ambrose particularly culpable in the Bhoys defence. Matri, Marchisio and Vucinic ensure that it is advantage Juve ahead of the second leg.
90' + 2'
The Celtic fans begin to filter out as their Champions League dream has all but come to an end. It would take a monumental effort from the Bhoys to qualify after this first-leg result but with Celtic, you can never say never.
Juventus look to pour more misery on Celtic when Anelka attacks down the left but his pullback is just behind Marchisio and the home side clear upfield.
Yellow CardClaudio Marchisio
Cheers of 'olé' from the visiting fans as Juventus pass the ball around the Celtic midfield. Neil Lennon looks devastated on the Celtic bench; it just has not gone his way tonight.
Charlie Mulgrew looks to pull one back with a freekick from distance but it would take something truly special to beat Buffon from there and the Juve captain comfortably makes the save.
You have to give this Celtic side credit. They may be three goals down but they are working tirelessly to press this Juventus side and win back possession. Can they nick a consolation goal to take with them to Turin?
Nicolas Anelka comes on for his Juventus debut to replace Mirko Vucinic. Can the 33-year-old Frenchman rub salt in Celtic's wounds?
VUCINIC MAKES IT THREE! Neil Lennon may well regret that decision to rush Ambrose back into his plans as the Nigerian defender is dispossessed deep inside his own half, allowing Marchisio to slip in Vucinic who sidefoots the ball past Forster and into the net. Cruel on Celtic but jubilation for Juventus.
Juventus can also feel the weight lifted off their shoulders as they casually pass the ball around in defence, frustrating Celtic. Can Celtic find a goal back?
Changes for both sides as Scott Brown is replaced by Beram Kayal before Conte adds some more steel to his midfield by introducing Paul Pogba in place of goalscorer Alessandro Matri.
MARCHISIO MAKES IT TWO FOR JUVENTUS! The Italian side launch a lightning-quick counterattack and Matri flicks a wonderful pass into the path of Marchisio who cuts inside his marker before firing past Forster with aplomb. Celtic will feel distraught but that's the price you pay for not taking your chances. Big mountain to climb for Lennon's side now.
Yellow CardScott Brown
Yellow CardSimone Padoin
There is more pushing going on in the Juventus box from a Celtic corner and the Spanish referee once again dips into his pocked to produce yellow cards for Simone Padoin and Scott Brown.
Celtic continue to bombard the Juventus box with a series of crosses but the Bianconeri backline stands firm time and time again to clear the ball out of the area. Fifteen minutes remaining.
Tony Watt made history when he scored that all-important second goal against Barcelona at just 18 years of age and the young striker comes on to replace Commons here. Can he write his name into Celtic history tonight?
Juventus win a corner of their own and when Pirlo clips the ball back to the edge of the box, Marchisio's goalbound effort is blocked by Ambrose.
The Celtic corner count continues to stack up. Mulgrew delivers a cross from the right but Buffon rises highest to pluck the ball out of the air. Celtic need better deliveries than that.
Lichtsteiner is involved in another spot of handbags in the penalty area, this time with Brown. The Swiss wing-back needs to keep his cool here.
Peluso cannot continue and he is replaced by Simone Padoin.
Peluso has performed really well for the Bianconeri tonight but the left wing-back is really struggling here. The home crowd are not happy as they feel that Juventus are running down the clock.
Juventus launch a rare attack with Peluso who cuts a wonderful ball back to the edge of the box for Vucinic, only for the Montenegrin striker to be denied a goal by the outstretched boot of Wilson.
Substitute Adam Matthews embarks on a lungbusting run to the byline but he cannot pick out a hooped shirt with his lofted cross. 25 minutes remaining for Celtic.
Celtic continue to probe for the equaliser and Brown fizzes a wonderful low ball across the face of goal but there is no green and white shirt gambling at the back post and Caceres clears.
WHAT A CHANCE FOR CELTIC! The home side opt for the short corner once again and Mulgrew delivers a peach of a cross into the heart of the Juventus penalty area for Ambrose who somehow heads straight at Buffon from a few yards out when the net should have been bulging.
Juventus work the ball nicely around the opposition box but the Celtic defence maintain a straight defensive line to ensure that Matri is offside from Lichtsteiner's cross. Forster has been a mere spectator in this second period.
Neil Lennon makes his first change, replacing Lustig with 21-year-old Welsh right-back Adam Matthews.
There is a stoppage in play as Lustig goes down with a thigh injury. I'm not sure the Swede will be able to continue here.
Celtic demand a penalty when Forrest goes down under a challenge in the box. It was a wonderful cross into the box from Lustig. One-way traffic at the moment.
There are signs of frustration creeping in for the visitors as Marchisio's diagonal pass for Matri is overhit. Conte could be tempted to shake things up here.
Juventus just cannot string their passes together in the Celtic half at the moment and it is the Scottish side who continue to push forward in search of an equaliser. Vidal is the latest player to lose the ball as his slide pass, intended for Lichtsteiner, is intercepted by Wilson.
Scott Brown has been everywhere for the Hoops tonight and he makes a wonderful tackle to prevent Peluso from cutting the ball back from the byline. Real fight and desire being shown by Lennon's side.
Mulgrew launches another deep ball into the box which is headed back across goal by Lustig but Commons cannot make good enough contact with his acrobatic attempt and Buffon claims.
Celtic pick up where they left off and Mulgrew curls a freekick into the box which is glanced just wide by the head of Lustig.
Alberto Undiano Mallenco gets the second half underway. Let's hope for more of the same.
Celtic have not lost in their previous eight matches against Serie A opponents at home. The last side to defeat the Hoops at home was AC Milan in 1969.
Juventus are one of only four teams unbeaten in this year's Champions League. The others are Borussia Dortmund, Malaga and Schalke. Can Antonio Conte's side take their unbeaten European run to 17 games?
HALF TIME: CELTIC 0 - 1 JUVENTUS. An Efe Ambrose mistake gave Neil Lennon's side the worst possible start as Alessandro Matri nipped in to give the Italian side the lead on just three minutes. It's been a spirited and determined response from Celtic who have poured forward time and time again in search of an equaliser but they have been denied by a resilient Bianconeri defence. Can they restore parity in the second half? Let me know your thoughts on that first 45 minutes via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
Celtic play a short corner of their own to James Forrest whose scuffed shot finds Ambrose in the Juventus box, but the Nigerian defender's attempted flick ricochets back off his own feet and the Bianconeri clear upfield.
Juventus play a short corner to Vucinic who clips the ball back to the edge of the box for Vidal, but the Chilean's fizzing low drive strikes the legs of his teammate Bonucci and Forster comfortably saves from Lichtsteiner's rebound.
Yellow CardJames Forrest
James Forrest is the second Celtic player in the book for a mistimed tackle on Andrea Pirlo.
Both wing-backs are getting forward excellently for Celtic and this time Lustig whips in a cross but Barzagli does excellently to hold off Hooper who cannot generate enough power and direction behind his header and it drifts wide for a goalkick.
Commons collects a pass from Izaguirre with his back to goal, swivelling away from Bonucci and drawing a smart save from Buffon down low to his near post.
OOF! Commons whips in the corner which Wanyama meets unmarked in the six-yard box but he cannot keep his header down and Juventus breathe a sigh of relief.
Yellow CardGary Hooper
Yellow CardStephan Lichtsteiner
Kris Commons is set to take a corner from the right but with pushing and shoving going on in the box, the referee decides to caution Gary Hooper and Stephan Lichtsteiner for their roles in a scuffle. Commons eventually whips the corner in from the right and it takes a nick off a Juventus head to prevent Ambrose from nodding the ball home. Another corner for the Bhoys.
The Juventus players are being forced into errors by this physical, energetic Celtic pressure. Can Lennon's side make it count before the break? Ten minutes until half-time.
A loud roar from the Celtic fans every time their team pour forward. Martin Caceres needs to stay alert to prevent Gary Hooper from sweeping the ball home from close range. Disciplined defensive performance from Conte's side so far.
There is a stoppage in play as Arturo Vidal receives treatment for a knock to his ankle. The Celtic players take the time to refresh themselves with a drink.
All hands to the pump for Juventus at the moment who defend brilliantly time and time again to prevent a shot from homing in on Buffon's goal. What a fantastic action-packed half hour we have had!
SO UNLUCKY FOR COMMONS! Mikael Lustig whips a teasing cross into the box from the right and Commons improvises excellently with an ambitious overhead kick which trickles inches past Buffon's post.
Pirlo is showing glimpses of his midfield genius and he does so again, splitting the Celtic defence with a glorious lofted pass for Vucinic, who rounds Forster but cannot pick out a black shirt with his cross. Pirlo at his finest.
Andrea Pirlo is not happy when he is on the end of a few rough challenges from Scott Brown and the Italian midfielder vents his frustration to the referee. Wanyama capitalises on a ball midway into the Juventus half but his wild strike slices wide of Buffon's goal.
Incidentally, that early strike has now been attributed to Alessandro Matri.
Kris Commons produces some neat footwork to get clear of Arturo Vidal on the edge of the box but his shot at goal is weak and comfortably gathered by Buffon.
Pirlo pings a wonderful pass to Matri who cushions the ball excellently on his chest but just as the striker is about to pull the trigger, Lustig gets across to steal the ball off of his toes. Good pressing from Lennon's men.
Juventus have ten men behind the ball at the moment with only Mirko Vucinic camped in the Celtic half. The Bianconeri are renowned for their resilient defending.
Mikael Lustig looks to play an eye-of-the-needle pass into the feet of Gary Hooper but his pass is slightly overhit and the ball runs out for a goalkick. Brilliant start to this Champions League affair.
The good news for Celtic is that Juventus have only kept two clean sheets in their last ten games. Can Celtic make this pressure count?
Izaguirre has been fantastic in these opening minutes and he marauds down the left wing once again before picking out Commons with a wonderful cross, but the midfielder's shot flies over the crossbar. Good chance for Celtic!
Antonio Conte's side are looking to enjoy a sustained spell of possession in an attempt to prevent these waves of Celtic attacks. They launch a counterattack through Peluso but his cross, intended for Matri, is excellently cut out by Ambrose.
Celtic have responded tremendously to going behind but Neil Lennon will be devastated by the manner in which that goal was conceded. Can the Bhoys bounce back? Lennon's side had 30 shots on goal in the group stage, the lowest total of any team in the last 16.
Izaguirre is a good outlet for Celtic in the opening stages and the Honduran left-back whips in another dangerous cross which is headed out to the edge of the box for Kris Commons who tests Buffon with a low save down to his right.
Celtic continue to come forward and Charlie Mulgrew capitalises on a loose ball in the Juventus penalty area but his shot skews just wide of Buffon's right-hand post.
Mirko Vucinic stretches the Celtic backline with a good run and he lays the ball back for Peluso, whose cross to the back post is volleyed over by Marchisio. Celtic need to be careful that they don't concede a second away goal here.
Emilio Izaguirre whips in a cross from the left which is headed out to the edge of the box by Leonardo Bonucci only for Wanyama to test Buffon once again with a low stinging drive.
Incidentally, Efe Ambrose only flew home from the African Cup of Nations this morning. Has Lennon's gamble to play him so soon backfired?
Celtic look to respond immediately and Kris Commons goes down in the box screaming for a penalty, but the referee waves play on.
JUVENTUS LEAD!! Alessandro Matri muscles Efe Ambrose out of the way to latch onto Federico Peluso's through ball and the striker pokes the ball through the legs of Fraser Forster. Kelvin Wilson appears to hook the ball back from over the line but he cannot prevent Claudio Marchisio from firing into the roof of the net. Nightmare start for Neil Lennon's side!
Victor Wanyama finds space 25 yards out to unleash a venomous shot which Gianluigi Buffon, somewhat unconvincingly, pushes behind the post. Good start for Celtic!
The referee blows his whistle and this Champions League match is underway! Can this wave of passionate Celtic support spur their team to another huge victory?
One of the key battles tonight could prove to be midfield prodigy Victor Wanyama up against pass-master Andrea Pirlo. The Kenyan was magnificent in that famous victory over Barcelona, can he keep Juventus' midfield maestro quiet tonight?
Juventus are unbeaten in 16 games in Europe and only conceded four goals in the group stages (only Paris Saint-Germain conceded less with three). Can Celtic make the most of their home advantage and breach the Bianconeri defence?
An incredible atmosphere at Celtic Park with plenty of green and white scarves on show. The famous anthem of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' echoes around the stadium. Kickoff is just over five minutes away...
Celtic have played 19 matches against Italian sides with a record of W5 D7 L7. Their most famous meeting undoubtedly came against Inter Milan in the 1966/67 Champions League final, when they became the first British side to lift the trophy with a 2-1 victory.
Celtic have won 21 of their last 23 Champions League home matches and Celtic Park really has become one of the greatest fortresses in European football. An electric atmosphere guaranteed, can Juventus cope with the pressure and avoid the same fate which Barcelona suffered earlier this season?
Leonardo Bonucci returns to the heart of the Juventus defence after domestic suspension replacing Luca Marrone and Martin Caceres is the only other change from the side which defeated Fiorentina 2-0 at the weekend, coming in for the injured Paolo De Ceglie. Andrea Pirlo starts in the midfield with weekend goalscorers Mirko Vucinic and Alessandro Matri retaining their starting berths up front.
Striker Giorgios Samaras failed a late fitness test with a hamstring injury and does not even make the bench, but Efe Ambrose starts despite the fact he only flew back this morning after playing for Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations Final victory on Sunday. Emilio Izaguirre and James Forrest have shaken off knocks to start with Kris Commons partnering Gary Hooper in attack.
JUVENTUS (3-5-2): Buffon, Caceres, Barzagli, Bonucci; Lichtsteiner, Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal, Peluso; Vucinic, Matri. Subs: Storari, Pogba, Padoin, Marrone, Giovinco, Anelka, Quagliarella.
CELTIC (4-4-1-1): Forster; Lustig, Wilson, Ambrose, Izaguirre; Forrest, Brown, Wanyama, Mulgrew; Commons; Hooper. Subs: Załuska, Matthews, Ledley, Kayal, Miku, Nouioui, Watt.
Here are tonight's lineups, starting with Neil Lennon's side...
Tonight's clash is the fifth meeting between the two sides in Europe's elite competition. The first came back in September 1981 when Murdo MacLeod handed Billy McNeil's team a slender 1-0 win over Giovanni Trapattoni's side before Juventus won the second leg 2-0 courtesy of goals from Pietro Bonner and Roberto Bettega. The two giants then met again in the group stages in 2001 with Juventus winning 3-2 in Turin via a last-minute Amoruso penalty before a goal-filled 4-3 encounter in the Bhoys' favour in Glasgow. Let's hope for another classic tonight!
The long wait is over, Champions League football is back! Tonight's round of 16 match features two past winners as Scottish champions Celtic take on Italian champions Juventus. My name is Max Bentley and I will be keeping you up-to-date with all the action from what promises to be another magical night at Celtic Park. Feel free to tweet me your thoughts and predictions on the match via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
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