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Wednesday March 6 2013
Juve complete Celtic job

Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella secured a 2-0 victory over Celtic to send Juventus into the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Bianconeri had a 3-0 lead from the first leg in Glasgow, so rested players such as Claudio Marchisio, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Giorgio Chiellini and Mirko Vucinic. Luca Marrone had his debut Champions League start. Giorgios Samaras and Charlie Mulgrew were available again for the Hoops.

The weather in Turin was awfully familiar for the 3,000 travelling Scottish fans, as it had been raining heavily all day. The Celtic all-black strip was also familiar, as it resembled Juve’s away kit.

A classy Paul Pogba ‘Cruyff turn’ set up Fabio Quagliarella, but the striker was not quick enough and Fraser Forster was able to smother at his feet.

Both Quagliarella and Joe Ledley unleashed screamers from distance that went wide, though the Celtic man was considerably closer to the top corner.

It was Juventus who took the lead with Alessandro Matri and a real poacher’s goal. Andrea Barzagli was responsible for much of it, as he robbed a distracted Gary Hooper in midfield, set up Quagliarella for a shot between Kelvin Wilson’s legs, beaten away by Forster into the path of Matri.

Gigi Buffon needed a sensational one-handed save on the line when Kris Commons’ shot was deflected by Hooper, but the goalkeeper somehow readjusted his position to palm it upwards.

Arturo Vidal threatened to make it 2-0 on the counter, but leaned back to fire over the bar from the D. Samaras had a great chance when he got down the left past Federico Peluso and flashed a ball across the face of goal, but Hooper came sliding in a fraction of a second too late to make contact.

Vidal went on the counter, his shot too weak and central to beat Forster. Victor Wanyama made way for Efe Ambrose after the break, having put in a disastrous performance in the first leg.

Quagliarella forced Forster into a save after Pogba took advantage of Mulgrew’s error, but Adam Matthews was stretchered off with a hamstring problem.

Ambrose wasted a golden opportunity, nodding a free header into the ground and over from a corner.

Juventus proved again they were considerably more clinical in their finishing and doubled their lead. Vidal sprung the offside trap from an Andrea Pirlo pass over the top and drew out Forster, rolling across for the totally unmarked Quagliarella to tap in from six yards.

Samaras blasted over from distance and Buffon beat away a Baram Kayal attempt, but this was Juve’s fifth consecutive Champions League victory in which they scored 13 and conceded none.

Juventus 2-0 Celtic (5-0 on agg)

Scorers: Matri 24 (J), Quagliarella 65 (J)

Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Marrone, Bonucci; Padoin, Vidal (Isla 66), Pirlo (Giaccherini 69), Pogba, Peluso (Asamoah 59); Matri, Quagliarella

Celtic: Forster; Matthews (Forrest 53), Wilson, Wanyama (Ambrose 46), Izaguirre; Samaras, Kayal, Ledley, Mulgrew; Commons (Nouioui 73), Hooper

Ref: Aydinus (TUR)

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