Celtic 0-3 Juventus
Juventus showed their class and took a step closer to the quarter final of the Champions League with a hard-fought win at Celtic Park.
It was Celtic who dominated much of the possession, but in the end mistakes were a key factor for the Scottish champions. An early Alessandro Matri goal started the tie, before Claudio Marchisio and Mirko Vucinic put the game beyond doubt.
Juventus were ahead inside four minutes, when Efe Ambrose misjudged a long ball over the top, allowing Matri to poke the ball under the legs of Fraser Forster. Replays showed his shot had crossed the line before being cleared, but Marchisio was lurking to smash the ball home from six yards just in case.
Celtic began to exert some pressure on their opponents in the following exchanges, Victor Wanyana forcing Buffon into a save and Kris Commons firing a shot over the bar with a first-time effort in the 15th minute.
In the second half, it was still Celtic who looked the more likely to score. Ambrose, who only returned home from the African Cup of Nations less than 24 hours before kick-off, could have made amends for his early mistake, but couldn’t direct his header past Buffon.
Completely against the run of play, the away side put the game beyond doubt in the 77th minute. Marchisio picked the ball up deep into the Celtic half, before turning inside Celtic captain Scott Brown and firing home.
Tired legs and tired minds proved costly for Celtic, and despite their hard work they conceded a third. Another mistake from Ambrose gave Vucinic the chance to get on the score sheet. He showed the Scots how to do it, and slotted the ball in with ease.