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Tuesday December 10 2013
Galatasaray-Juve to resume on Wed

Galatasaray-Juventus will resume from 0-0 at the 32nd minute at 13.00 GMT on Wednesday after it was abandoned due to snow.

The Champions League Group B decider was halted by Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca after snow and hail made the pitch unplayable in Istanbul.

It was still goalless at the time, as Fernando Llorente had the only real scoring opportunity.

UEFA have now confirmed the game will resume from 0-0 at the 32nd minute, so the remaining hour will be played tomorrow at 15.00 local time (13.00 GMT).

It had originally been announced for 12.00 GMT, but the Turkish police argued they would not be able to enforce security at that time, so it was pushed back by an hour.

There are still concerns over this, as heavy snow is also expected in Istanbul on Wednesday. The weather is expected to be worse in the evening.

Meanwhile, Juventus had to find a different hotel, as the one they had been staying in was booked up. The night was even longer, as at 12.30am local time they were still stuck in traffic trying to leave the stadium.

The referee stopped play on 27 minutes, although the players did not actually leave the pitch until the 32nd.

It is a bizarre coincidence, as this is the third time a Galatasaray-Juventus match has been moved.

The first was on November 25 1998, when the tie was postponed by a week due to a diplomatic incident between Italy and Turkey.

Italy had given passage to Ocalan, who was considered a terrorist in Turkey,fuelling extreme tension around the game.

In November 2003, Galatasaray-Juventus was again postponed after terrorist attacks in Istanbul a few days beforehand.

It was moved to Dortmund a week later and Galatasaray won 2-0.

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