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Just finished watching Celtic v  Juventus while listening to Hull v Rams on the radio.I enjoyed the match on tv.I thought Juve were deserved winners after getting the early first goal although things may have turned out differently had Celtic managed to score before Juve got their second.Overall I felt Juventus still had more 'left in the tank' and were playing well within themselves but had they not scored so early or if Celtic had equalised early it could have affected the way both teams played and possibly the result.


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Celtic 0-3 Juventus. Celtic were given a harsh lesson in Champions League knockout by Juventus.

<!--url{0}-->Brimming with confidence on the back of some tremendous European performances and results, Neil Lennon's Celtic were picked off ruthlessly.

Alessando Matri put the Italian side ahead in the opening moments, taking advantage of poor defending.

Two late goals from Claudio Marchisio and Mirko Vucinic ensured the return leg will surely be a formality.

Celtic were unable to lift themselves to the heights of the wins over Barcelona and Spartak Moscow in the group stage, although despite conceding an early goal they were dominant for large periods of the last-16 tie.

And as the match moved into its latter stages it was the Scottish team who looked most likely to score again before Juve twice more picked off their tiring opponents to take a firm grip on the contest.

Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama sent a blistering shot goalwards with only a minute played, which Gigi Buffon turned round the post, as the Scottish side looked to capitalise on their passionate home support.

But with just three minutes gone a straight-forward looking long ball from Federico Peluso exposed the home side's defensive frailties.

Efe Ambrose - straight back in the team after featuring in Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations success on Sunday - was caught underneath the ball and Matri was able to nudge him aside to slide it through Fraser Forster's legs and over the line, despite Kelvin Wilson's efforts to keep it out.

Celtic's response was to pepper Buffon's goal with shots from outside the box, with the Italian dealing well with efforts by Wanyama and Kris Commons, who also sent a wonderful overhead kick narrowly wide.

But for all their pressure, Celtic did little to truly threaten the Italian goal, while the crowd grew restless as a result of the referee's perceived unwillingness to give decisions in their side's favour, with grappling in the penalty area rarely punished.

Juve, for their part, looked happy to soak up what Celtic had to throw at them and play on the counter-attack.

The home team's first clear view of goal came with more than an hour on the clock, but when it did materialise it should have brought about the equaliser.

Charlie Mulgrew's curling cross provided Ambrose with the ideal opportunity to atone for his earlier misjudgement, but his header was weak and straight at Buffon.

Celtic were then taught a lesson in incisive football when they fell further behind.

The deftest of touches by Matri found Marchisio, who twisted in from the left of the penalty area to stroke the ball beyond Forster.

Marchisio was heavily involved as Juventus effectively killed the tie with a third goal, putting the ball on a plate for Vucinic to beat the keeper from close range after Ambrose was again at fault and caught in possession.

Juventus sparkled only in flashes, but they did so brightly enough to record an ultimately commanding victory, with Celtic now heading to Turin looking to retain the respect already attained on this season's run.
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Cracking result, I've been so busy I didn't get chance to watch it but I'm also away from the main tv too.

I'm glad our Italian friends won, it also gives me a chance to wind up some friends who support them. haha It was always going to happen though, they're not the miracle beaters the media have been making them out to be since their very good but lucky win over a certain team. :)

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Cracking result, I've been so busy I didn't get chance to watch it but I'm also away from the main tv too.

I'm glad our Italian friends won, it also gives me a chance to wind up some friends who support them. haha It was always going to happen though, they're not the miracle beaters the media have been making them out to be since their very good but lucky win over a certain team. :)

You can watch the highlights on IM's match report

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You can watch the highlights on IM's match report

You know where I'm going now then! ;)

Oh my god the first goal is hilarious! What the heck was their keeper doing, I thought he wasn't meant be one of the best in the UK game. Kris Commons seemed to do okay, shame he used to play for the red dogs but started out here at Notts. Clever second goal, smart finishing! Third goal given away, I wished Notts would push on like that.

Cheers IM!

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Great result for Juve! I didn't see this match but these notes and the score shows how the game was tonight.


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Celtic did pretty well considering, yet Juventus is a strong side. Goodluck to them for the rest of the competition!


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good result!

i did not watch but celtic was most likely to always crumble. do you think juventus can go all the way Italian Magpies? surely must fancy it after the year your clubs been having.

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Juventus have been playing some good football, I take nothing away from that and I would love to see them pair up against another side who are favourite. I'm not 100% sure who are left in the running but the european contest are very widely open and I hope it's final between two teams who can bring excitement to it. I'm hopeful Arsenal will make the cut but who knows!


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