Juventus have reached the Quarterfinals of the Uefa Champions League with a 2-0 win over Celtic and 5-0 win on aggregate. The match started slowly in the pouring rain, with Celtic settling into the game much like they did in the first leg. As Celtic started to settle they almost grabbed an opener in the twenty-first minute but Joe Ledley’s shot from twenty-five yards out whistled wide of the post. Amazingly, Juventus went up seconds later when they dispossessed Celtic in their own half. Juventus’ Fabio Quagliarella got the ball right outside Cetic’s box, dribbled inside, and volleyed through the legs of Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson. Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster could only parry the shot, and the ball fell to Alessandro Marti who tapped it in from six yards out to make 1-0 against the run of play.
Celtic where not fazed by the goal though, and kept up the pressure. They almost equalized only three minutes after the goal and a Kris Commons shot from twenty-five yards out took a deflection and forced Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to react sharply and push it inches wide. Neither side could create anything much for the rest of the half, and the first half ended 1-0.
Starting the second half strongly, Juventus grabbed their second goal of the match in the fifty-eighth minute off another tap-in. Andrea Pirlo’s inch-perfect lofted long ball found the run of Arturo Vidal on the left of the Celtic box and Vidal chested it down and played the ball past an oncoming Forster to Qualiarella who tapped it in from two yards out. For the rest of the match it was a matter of running down the clock for Juventus and they did it well, with Celtic’s only chance for the rest of the match being a Georgios Samaras shot that blazed over the bar in the eighty-second minute. Despite deserving a goal in the tie, the match ended 2-0 and Juventus won the tie 5-0 on aggregate and Celtic failing to score a goal.
Man of the Match: Arturo Vidal
The second leg of Juventus’s Champions League Round of 16 tie is set to be a good one, with Celtic almost certainly out of the tournament, needing a 3-0 win at Juventus Stadium to advance to the Quarterfinals. Celtic played well in the first leg, but ended falling 3-0 to Juventus through Claudio Marchisio and Mirko Vucinic’s late goals. Despite almost surely managing to advance, Juventus’s coach Antonio Conte has said that the tie is not over and that he will not rest their main players who are on yellow cards and in risk of missing the next match. Even though their chances of advancing are slim, Neil Lennon’s side will go down fighting, and will try to manage another fantastic win to add to their tally already existing of their 2-1 win over Barcelona in the Group Stage. Lennon has warned referee Firat Aydinus to do his job properly in the match, but that tactic has already failed in the Champions League this week and when Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told Cunenyt Cakir to do the same ahead of their 2-1 loss to Real Madrid. It backfired on Sir Alex though, and Cakir made some outrageous decisions against United. For instance giving Nani a straight red card for a challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa. But whether it is refereed fairly of not, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review, right here on Football Every Day!
It is full time at Celtic Park, and Juventus have grabbed a 3-0 win against Celtic. The game started in Celtics favor, but in the fourth minute Juventus amazingly took the lead on a counter attack. Juventus hit a long ball to Alessandro Marti, and Celtic defender Efe Ambrose tried to head it out, but he jumped under the ball and Marti was put in on goal. His shot went past Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster, but cleared off the line by Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson, but the clearance went straight to Juventus’s Claudio Marchisio who poked the ball in from six yards out. Celtic was dominating the game and they almost equalized in the twenty-eighth minute when Kris Commons’s bicycle kick from a Mikael Lustig cross went just wide of the far post. Juventus looked most likely to score on counter attacks, athough they had few of them. Celtic was still in control when the second half started, although they got lucky when Kelvin Wilson blocked Juventus’s Mirko Vucinics goal-bound effort from a Juventus counter attack. Celtic continued to dominated the match, but again the were punished for not finishing their chanced on a Juventus counter attack in the seventieth- eighth minute. Marchisio took a perfectly weighted through ball from Marti, and powered it in past an oncoming Forster from eight yards out. Even though Juventus had pretty much won the tie, Celtic continued to dominate, but again Juventus struck on the counter attack in the eighty-third minute. Ambrose was caught with the ball by Marchisio, who unselfishly set up Vucinic who nutmeged Forster and pretty much ended Celtics European hopes. Celtic could not pull one back from there, and the match ended 3-0 Juventus.
Man of the Match: Claudio Marchisio
This round of sixteen Champions League match is going to be a big one, with Juventus traveling to Celtic Park to face Scottish champions Celtic. The last time the two teams met was in October 2001 in the Champions League group stage, in which Celtic won 4-3 at Celtic Park, and the other tie of the stage Juventus won 3-2. This year Juventus topped Group E with twelve points to make it into the round of sixteen, whereas Celtic got second in Group G with ten points. Juventus’s group was made up of them, Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, and FC Nordsjaelland, and the other team to qualify for the round of sixteen from the group was Shakhtar Donestk, who tied Chelsea on points with ten. Celtic’s group included them, Barcelona, Benfica, and Spartak Moscow, but Celtic were not favored to qualify from the group, but their fantastic 2-1 win verses Barcelona at Celtic Park nudged them past Benfica. Juventus is expected to win the match, but Neil Lennon’s squad could get win. Whomever wins, the match is sure to be a good one, so look out for my full time review of it, right here on Football Every Day!