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March 6, 2013
• Juventus Stadium, Torino
Referee: F. Aydinus
• Attendance: 39011
A. Matri 24'
F. Quagliarella 65'
Juventus win Aggregate 5 - 0
I've been Matthew Harold; hope you enjoyed the game, we will have all the reaction from tonight at Goal.com.
That's it, game over, Celtic bow out of the Champions League as Juventus secure an easy five-goal victory to make their way into the last eight of the tournament.
90' + 2'
It seems to be the Celtic, step up and shoot from long range night, as this time Lassad tries his luck and guess, he too finds the stand behind Buffon's goal.
Hoops substitute Forrest has looked lively since coming on, but like many of his fellow Celtic players, he wants to try an effort from outside the box. Does he not know who's in goal for Juventus, it's Buffon and he doesn't get beat with strikes like that.
Celtic boss Lennon is looking somewhat of a glum figure as he sits on the bench with his full suit and snood combination on. Don't know if I've ever seen that in my life.
Some of the passing out of defence has been superb from the Serie A leaders, with Buffon, who has been underworked for most of the game looking to get in on the act.
Another effort from the visitors, which once again they manage to put over the bar, as Samaras, receives the ball on the edge of the area, but like many of his teammates before him, the Greek striker fails to test Buffon.
Antonio Conte's side seem to be treating the final minutes as somewhat of a training exercise, as there is no real pressure on them.
This game is now officially dead, being played like an international friendly without the numerous substitutions, as both seem to be willing to play at a walking pace without doing anything.
The home side are now toying with their opponents, as they've decided to play a bit of keep ball, showing that they can change from having no possession to having a lot of it extremely quick.
Celtic boss Lennon has decided to bring on Lassad instead of Stokes, no doubt saving the Irishman for league action against Ross County on Saturday instead of using him tonight.
Celtic haven't been able to get in behind the Juventus defence and Hooper along with Samaras are both looking frustrated.
CHANCE! Ledley plays in Commons on the left edge of the area, but once again the strike is poor and ends up well over the bar.
This is getting brutal for Celtic, as the puppet master Pirlo is putting the strings in the midfield; honestly this could up being any score if Juventus want it.
Assist Arturo Vidal
Goal Fabio Quagliarella
Some superb play from Vidal getting onto a long ball from Andrea Pirlo, tempting out Forster, before playing the ball to Quagliarella, who scores from close range to add some icing to this scoreline.
Yellow Card E. Izaguirre
Ambrose continues to look like a man lost since his return from the African Cup of Nations, as he gives the ball away twice in less than a minute.
The home side are looking a lot more threating in the second half, as they retain the ball a lot longer than they did in the first and ultimately they could make this score look embarrassing for the visitors.
Poor effort from Celtic by midfielder Commons as he somehow thinks he can beat Buffon from 25 yards out with a low strike, but the Italian looks in distain as he comfortably saves the effort.
CHANCE! Ambrose is given a free header inside the six yard box as he get onto a Mulgrew corner, but somehow manages to put his effort over the bar.
Forrest shows what the Hoops have been missing as he plays a pinpoint cross to Samaras at the back post, but the Greek's header back into the danger area is missed by all his teammates.
It seems to be the Matri and Quagliarella show, as the pair continue to link up inside the Celtic penalty area, causing numerous problems to their defence.
A huge blow for Celtic, as Matthews is forced off with a hamstring injury, which sees Lennon have to make a tactical reshuffle, with James Forrest coming on, Ambrose moving to right back and Mulgrew slotting in at the centre of defence.
CHANCE! This time Matri sets up Quagliarella inside the box, but Forster is able to prevent his side from going further behind, saving the low strike.
Somewhat strangely Celtic have replaced Victor Wanyama, who looked one of their best players, despite playing out of position at centre half and replaced him with Efe Ambrose, who's been shaky the last couple of games.
Juventus get the second half underway with a four-goal lead in the tie.
The visitors have dominated the possession, having 61% of the ball, but still they have found the black and white wall of Juventus impenetrable.
Well it looks like game over for Celtic, what will Neil Lennon do in the second, will he opt to attempt to leave Turin with a one-goal defeat, or will he go for broke and risk it all an attempt to win the game?
The half-time whistle goes and Juevntus are only 45 minutes from securing a last eight berth, after Matri's goal gives them an overall four goal advantage.
45' + 1'
Celtic yet again try a cross, this time from the right by Matthews, but Buffon bats the ball out for a corner before any danger can become of the effort.
CHANCE! Excellent chance for Vidal to extend the lead for the home side as he seemed to be given the freedom of Turin to move forward, but Forster gets down well to his low strike from range.
Hooper looks like a player without any confidence, as he fails to finish off a mistake from Pogba inside his own box, getting bullied off the ball by the Juventus defence. Could we see the Englishman get replaced by Anthony Stokes in the second half?
And as I say that, Celtic finally put a good cross into the box, as Izaguirre searches out Beram Kayal inside the box, but his header doesn't have enough power to hurt Buffon.
Crossing, crossing, crossing. That will be the big thing that Celtic boss Lennon will no doubt be drilling into his players at the break, after a first time littered with poor crosses from the SPL leaders.
Although Juventus are in total command of the tie, Celtic still look dangerous at times, as the Italians seem to be happy to let their visitors push forward.
CHANCE! Celtic get another effort towards goal, as Giorgos Samaras drifts in from the left and plays the ball across the penalty area, but Hooper can't stretch enough to finish the move off.
Quagliarella seems to be enjoying the first half, as he has been pulling the strings in the forward positions for the home side as they look forward to the last eight of the Champions League.
Yet another poor cross from the Scottish side, as this time Charlie Mulgrew tries his luck from the left, but once again it goes wrong for Celtic as the ball drifts harmlessly out of play.
Another chance, but this time down the other end, as Quagliarella finds Arturo Vidal and with his marker Izaguirre trailing behind, the midfielder strikes to goal, but ends up finding the stand instead of the net.
CHANCE! Buffon to the rescue for the home side, after Commons long range effort was diverted in the other direction by Hooper, but the stopper rolled back the years to keep Celtic scoreless.
Goal Alessandro Matri
This time the pair make it count, as Quagliarella has a shot after Gary Hooper lost possession to Andrea Barzagli, with Forster saving the first effort, but Matri is there to give the home side a four goal cushion.
On the break Juventus look superb as Quagliarella races forward this time, but his ball to find Alessandro Matri is affected by the wet surface as it races out of play.
First real chance for Celtic as Commons plays the ball to Ledley on the left hand side, but the midfielder's effort swings the wrong side of Buffon's post.
Finally Celtic's Honduran full back Emilio Izaguirre gets forward on the left to put a cross in, but it's beyond disappointing as Gianluigi Buffon is given the simple task of grabbing the ball.
Yellow Card Federico Peluso
Peluso seems to be really interested in getting his hands on one of those new Celtic jerseys, attempting to rip Matthews shirt off him and that sees the Juventus player into the book and a free kick for the visitors.
What was he thinking? Fabio Quagliarella gets the ball in the middle of the Celtic half and instead of taking on Kelvin Wilson and marching towards goal, he lets fly with a 35 yard attempt that goes well wide.
A mistake by Joe Ledley sees the home side gain possession and is almost finished off via a superb piece of skill on the edge of the area by Paul Pogba, but once again the last line of defence, Forster comes to the rescue.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon will no doubt be happy with his side's performance in the first 10 minutes, as Juventus have offered little in the way of threat to Forster's goal.
A couple of chances in the space of seconds for Celtic, with both Kris Commons and Beram Kayal attempting their luck, but as in the case of the first leg, they find a black and white wall in front of them.
Early on Juventus seem willing to sit back and let Celtic control the ball, but when the Italians gain possession, they break very quick.
Adam Matthews almost sold the jerseys for Celtic as he smashed a clearance off of Federico Peluso, but fortunately for the Welshman, the winger overran the ball and Fraser Forster was able to collect.
The visitors have started the game brightly, passing the ball about with a certain freedom that has been rare in the Champions League this season for Neil Lennon's men.
Celtic get the first half underway wearing their all black away kit, while Juventus are in their usual black and white.
The teams are coming out just now, will Celtic be able to pull off the miracle in Turin, we'll see in the next 90 minutes.
The Celtic line-up is as follows: Forster; Matthews, Wilson, Wanyama, Izaguirre; Samaras, Kayal, Ledley, Mulgrew; Commons; Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Ambrose, Miku, Stokes, Lassad, McGeouch, Forrest
Celtic make four changes from the side that claimed a Scottish Cup semi-final berth with victory over St Mirren, as Beram Kayal, Charlie Mulgrew, Kris Commons and Georgios Samaras come in for Efe Ambrose, Thomas Rogne, James Forrest and Anthony Stokes.
Juventus line-up as follows: Buffon; Barzagli, Marrone, Bonucci, Padoin, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Peluso, Matri, Quagliarella. With Storari, Vucinic, Giovinco, Asamoah, Giaccherini, Chiellini, Isla all on the bench.
The home make five changes from the side that drew with Napoli, as Giorgio Chiellini, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Claudio Marchisio, Sebastian Giovinco and Mirko Vucinic drop out, with Luca Marrone, Simone Padoin, Paul Pogba, Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella coming into the starting line-up.
The team line-ups are coming up now...
Both sides are top of their respective leagues at the moment, with Juventus currently six points ahead of Napoli, after drawing with them on Friday night, while Celtic have a commanding 16 point lead over Motherwell, despite losing to the Lanarkshire outfit last Wednesday.
Celtic arrive in Turin more in hope than expectation and will be willing a strong-willed referee after the WWE style defending they received at corners, especially by Stephan Lichtsteiner, so they’ll be looking for Fırat Aydınus to make less headlines than his compatriot Cuneyt Cakir who was in charge of Manchester United’s defeat to Real Madrid.
Goals from Alessandro Matri, Claudio Marchisio and Mirko Vucinic got the goals in the first leg to see the Turin giants into a commanding position as they look towards the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Hello & welcome to Goal.com’s live text commentary of the Champions League round of 16 second leg between Juventus and Celtic at the Juventus Stadium. My name is Matthew Harold and I’ll be guiding you through the game to the final whistle.
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