Juventus all but seal their place in the Champions League quarter finals with a fine counter-attacking victory at Celtic Park
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My man of the match: Victor Wanyama. Yeah. Stitch that expert defensive technicians. Oh OK. Shared with Marchisio then.
90+3 mins FULL TIME Celtic 0-3 Juventus That is that for tonight and also, let's face it, pretty much that for this tie. Celtic have been expertly taken out on their own ground by a brilliantly well-organised Juventus.
90+2 mins Celtic are still attacking, still giving it their all when they get the ball, but the air has gone out of this now. And the ITV commentary team sound like they're officiating at a wake. Enjoy it. Enjoy the good football. And look Alex Bennett agrees: "Though 3-0 is a harsh scoreline, it's hard not to laugh at the elegiac mutterings that have become ITV's commentary since the goals. They sound like somebody died."
89 mins Marchisio is booked for sneaky tug back. And as Frank Austin laments, lest we forget "Not two or three days ago Lennon stated that he would not play Ambrose tonight. Both goals have come from attacking at Efe. Juve have not been a far better side, but they are far cannier and more astute. Too much for Lennon, and decidedly not the fault of the players." Yes. Sad for Ambrose who gave it everything but he's not looked fresh. And I think we can all agree with Liam Moseley "As this game has shown, there are many ways to skin a cat and that is what is great about football."
86 mins Andy Townsend says Juventus "may" have killed this tie but in truth they finished it off 83 minutes ago. And oh look here comes Nicolas Anelka for his Juventus debut. You have to say Celtic have been very aggressive and committed but they look like a team tailor-made for this Juve. It has been like watching a big cat take down a stampeding wilderbeest. Slowly at first and with lots of galloping hooves all over the place but in the end a rather clinical fangs in the jugular job.
83 mins GOAL! Celtic 0-3 Juventus and it's Vucinic this time. Oh dear poor old Ambrose. He's caught dallying on the ball by the excellent Marchisio, who take it off him and puts in a lovely little pass. The finish is very neat. And that really is that. Every little error has been punished
82 mins Nothing for Celtic to be embarrassed about here as they have disturbed the Juve defence, and this is a fine visiting team. But there is a difference in class. Not a deserved 2-0 lead in any obvious way, but one that still seems to reflect something tangible.
79 mins What a great move and finish that was for the goal, some lovely one touch interplay from a team who have defended for pretty much the last forty minutes of this match. there have been two games going on here. Celtic's intensity and pressure and Juve's clinical finishing when they commit to attacking. Brown goes off as does Matri. Paul Pogba is on.
77 mins GOAL! Celtic 0-2 Juventus It's Marchisio. Skips inside Brown and finishes very nicely from ten yards out. That is a real moment of incision after all Celtic's pressure and frankly, this tie is all but over now.
75 mins Wanyama robs Pirlo high up the pitch, always good when you can do that, and Celtic have yet another corner. Again it's just over Ambrose, who then forces another corner. This time it's Barzagli on wrestling duties and the ref has booked both Brown and Padoin for pre-corner shenanigans. So much going on in there Celtic almost forget to attack the ball. Buffon catches it. And that is a really, really low grade version of football. Got to be stopped
73 mins For all his grappling Lichtsteiner has had a very good game and here he is going forward again and forcing a corner. It comes to nothing much and the hammer of Barcelona Tony Watt is preparing to come on for Kris Commons, who has done well tonight.
70 mins Lichtsteiner pushes Scott Brown over as Celtic prepare to take a corner. Apparently this is allowed. More pressure from Celtic as they force another one. Can they actually get a decent ball in and ignore all the handbags? Well claimed by Buffon in his rather nice garish pink short-sleeved number.
67 mins Juve finally have an attack of note this half but Vucinic's shot is blocked. Matthews was miles out of position there and for once no one covered him. I wonder if Celtic can keep this pace up. They don;t deserve to be behind, but this is high stakes European football and as the kids I believe say these days, deserve's got nothing to do with it. Hugh Collins sighs: "How Neil Lennon must wish he had Henrik Larrson at his disposal. Whatever else O'Neill did right at Celtic, nothing made as much of a diffrence to the team as just having HL available for selection." Larsson would have scored tonight.
64 mins Terrible miss that from poor old Ambrose. These are the Italian champions remember and Celtic have exhausted them with some really energetic attacking to the degree that finally, they've forgotten to mark properly. It was a deserved and earned mistake. Ambrose couldn't make it count. And Shane Delahunty has more pressing issues: "I'm not a Celtic supporter so I'm not 100% sure if they do or don't, but why don't Celtic fans sing 'Iza's good, Iza's good...Izaguirre's good!' to the tune of The Shamen? Seems a no brainer to me." Indeed. None at all.
61 mins Instead there's a little dip in the intensity levels and we get to see Rod Stewart's face - all tanned and toasted vanity - sat there looking cinematically tense. Corner to Celtic and oh I) say what a chance for Ambrose to atone for his error. Mulgrew puts in a lovely whipped cross from the left. Unmarked, Ambrose heads it down but straight at Buffon. Best chance of the match for Celtic. Oh dear.
58 mins Lustig puts in another lovely swinging cross from the right and Forrest is blocked out of it in the middle. Forrest then robs Pirlo, pressing high up the pitch and the crowd are right in it now. This is perhaps Celtic's moment as Juve do look a little rattled by it all.Oh. Lustig is down and he's coming off. 21-year-old Adam Matthews is on.
56 mins It's now Juve you worry might tire a little as they're doing little other than defend right now. And Adam Wyne isn't having any of this body-check football: "Was it Cantona who said he couldn't understand why defenders played football, as theirs is a destructive rather than creative role? Well Lichtsteiner's corner antics embody that - absolute anti-sport. I've followed Italian football all my life and have rarely seen the 'face-opposite-direction-and-block' move."
53 mins Still Celtic pushing but with a little lack of incision when they try to play their way through the middle of Juve. Izaguirre looks very good down the left and Wanyama, who is much more than just a powerhouse, is having a great game. Have to say I'd like to see them get it in the box a bit quicker. Don't fight it.
49 mins Celtic are still having most of the ball and they've had a lot of shots at goal as Juve have faded quite noticeably in the last 15 minutes. It will be quite interesting to see what if anything they do to change it. Juve seem to have generally pushed up the field a little. Fofy adds: "ithenk is there are one champion in euro its agreet team team of kings REAL MADRID". Ta.
46 mins Celtic kick off again and they're straight back in with the attacks down the wings, with Lustig, who has become a major attacking weapon swinging in another looping deep cross. Mulgrew then delivers a decent set piece into the box but it comes to nothing. There was a lot of talk about Celtic playing neat patient football before this game. This is plan B right now.
Meanwhile Mike Rogerson, who is unnecessarily rude, writes "Shut up with the anti-Lichtsteiner stuff. He's obstructing a man who is trying to obstruct the keeper!" No he's not. I'm aware that is the tactic. But Hooper is standing near the keeper not holding on to him. There is no comparison with what the full back is doing.
And Rai Skrupskis is here to incinerate and place within a small urn the soon-to-be-deceased body of British football in Europe: "Let's be real - Anglo-Scottish interest in the Champions League will end in this round. Clearly one of Barca, Real, Bayern or Juve will win the thing. Is there any doubt?" Erm... Probably not. But you can't win em all.
SB Tang has seen the lights in the sky "Celtic just need to be patient. They’re dominating possession and territory and creating more than enough chances to win. If they can keep their composure, they’re bound to start slotting some of them in. The constant worry though is that Juve, even with eight men strung out in a line on the edge of their own box without the ball, look well set-up to strike with a fast, vertical counter-attack." Totally with you. Until vertical.
Or as Colm Clark would have it "The Juve players movement off the ball to block Celtic players running into space is a thing of evil beauty!" Indeed. They are a very well organised team.
Seamus Devlin has it right. "Lichtsteiner's nonsense at corner kicks is a disgrace. This guy could give Gabriel Heinze a run for his money in the grab-your-jersey stakes." Horrible really. Give a penalty for that. He's not even looking at the ball. Boring, fouling, spoiling tactics.
Paul rock writes: "The Hoops are playing very well considering they meet a team of this class a few times each year. Ref trying to take the physicality out of the game ... Could be the killer blow. Juve to win 0-2 as they will strangle Celtic as they tire. Bugger. Would love to see them do it." Bit harsh. They played Inverness Caley on Saturday.
Back in five minutes with more of your "thoughts".
45+1 mins HALF TIME Celtic 0-1 Juventus And there it is. Terrible for Celtic that they managed to give away what was a very soft goal in the 3rd minute of 180 in the tie. Poor old Ambrose, who has made a real effort to get back here from South Africa, will be feeling very sick about that, just a moment's hesitation and Matri was in. I wonder if Celtic can keep up the high intensity stuff of the last ten minutes.
45 mins Good chance for Celtic as Forrest's shot fell to Ambrose with everybody watching the full-body grappling in the six yard box but his flick was always headed the wrong way. It's a bit heated out there now. Celtic won't want the whistle as much as Juve.
44 mins Another Juve corner, taken short to Vidal but his shot is well blocked and Celtic have the ball again. Whoah. It's a Celtic corner. Ding-ding!
42 mins This is all a bit more up-and-at-em from Celtic, a bit like the Martin O'Neill days with both full-backs pushing on and crossing to the far post. Hooper almost gets on to one from Lustig and he looks really pumped up now. If I was Gary Lineker and I was playing for Celtic tonight I'd look at the bench and do a "have a word" gesture. Now Forrest is booked for dumping Pirlo on his backside. Meh. Get on with it.
38 mins Finally the kick comes in and Wanyama gets up and heads it over the bar. That was an excellent chance. Really bizarre scenes at that corner as Juve went into brief defensive meltdown at a little jostling in the box. That's the first time they've really looked bothered and I for one really hope Celtic get another corner. It's like taekwondo in there. Commons has another shot but it's straight at Buffon.
35 mins Better from Celtic as they attack down the right through Lustig and then the left through Izaguirre. Another corner for Hooper to have a go at disturbing Buffon and yes there's an other tedious wrestling match as Lichtsteiner and Hooper are both booked for pre-corner jostling. Frankly Lichtsteiner is all over Hooper there. I'd give a penalty for it. Terrible cynical defending.
32 mins Meanwhile Hubert O'Hearn rages: "What bloody game you watching? Outside of the comedy goal, it's been all Celtic. They're pressing like a pack of terriers and doing themselves proud. I seriously think there are goals in this for them. I'd be shocked if there weren't." Yup. It's a 0-1 home leg thrashing so far. To be fair Celtic have had a lot of possession. But they're not disturbing Juventus yet.
30 mins Juve's first corner of the game and they take it at an almost sarcastic walking pace, Pirlo playing around in the corner. Vidal's down with a hurt foot. Philip Wainwright writes: "Was that the exact definition of 'taking him to school' by Pirlo on Brown after the roughing up? That was brilliant. Skins him, leaves him on the ground then hits what should've been an assist. The guy is class. And has a beard. And looks like Chuck Norris."
27 mins Juve look very smooth coming forwards but you keep coming back to the fact that early goal has basically skewed the entire 180 minutes in their favour. There is an obvious narrative now of cagey Italians v brave doomed Scots. If I worked for ITV I'd be working on that montage already, lots of narrow misses, heads in hands from the home team plus romping handsome Italians. Music? I'm not sure. Something Scottish and sad. Nice effort from Commons, a kind of twisting overhead hook from Lustig's cross that skims past the post.
24 mins Scott Brown semi-hacks down Pirlo and the bearded puppeteer moans at the ref as though he's just been attacked with a machete when in fact it was no more than a hello and welcome to Glasgow. Oh, and there's more. Brown in on Pirlo again and he doesn't like it, swings an arm at Brown, and then responds by playing a peach of a pass out to Matri that almost undoes Celtic again. Spicy scenes.
21 mins Gary Hooper has been disappointing. He looks a bit frazzled. And oh I say what a lovely little backflick from Marchisio in a tight spot. Hugh Collins wants to know "If football is basically just goals, where does that leave jonathan goals-are-overrated wilson?" Enjoying the prevention of goals I suppose. Celtic having some patient possession now. That's more like it.
17 mins Juve look really composed when they've got the ball with Vidal and Marchisio everywhere in midfield. Never mind Celtic it's going to be tough for anybody to beat them in Europe this year, plus they break really quickly on the flanks. It really is a dream start for them, chance to go all "typically Italian" and let Celtic puff themselves out trying to get back to where they started. Harry Tuttle is having his own Marchisio moment: "If you admire work-rate, guts, general charging about - all allied to a refined continental technique - you've got to have a soft spot for Marchisio, haven't you? The lissome Foucault to Milner's stodgy Putnam." Hey! Leave Milner alone. He's never the problem.
15 mins Forrest is looking eager. Breaks down the left, feeds Izaguirre and his cross is flailed over the top by the tumbling Commons. Good stuff from Celtic. Take away the goal and they're right in this. But then... you can't take away the goal. And football is basically just goals in any case.
11 mins Forrets has a spicy-looking shot from just outside the box that Buffon palms away and Celtic are still at this. The corner is headed goalwards by Mulgrew and you suspect Celtic might be useful from those corners. Loads of grabbing and moaning going on already. It is, though, already a case of cool strolling Euro dudes against frantic gurning wrestling Celts, which I'm not sure was in the plan just yet. Nick Shearer sighs "Well, that's that." No! No it's not! There is, at least, ages to go. And Justin Kavanagh has this zinger: "I hope Rod Stewart is in the house tonight, what with his knack of leaving old ladies in tears…and praying against all hope for a result back at their place."
8 mins Celitc have continued to press, Wanyama having another shot from distance , but whenever Juve attack they look like they're going to score. Long punts down the middle, and down both wings, they look really vulnerable. Replays show Matri's shot was over the line so technically it's his goal if the referee saw it like that.
5 minsWell, that was laughably easy. but very well put away all the same. Some talk that Matri might have nudged Ambros out of the way under the ball but there was nothing in it and that was powder puff stuff. Matri's initial shot may also have been over the line, but Marchisio was the only player going for the ball after that and just smashed it home. Oh dear. Real lack of intensity there and Fraser Forster went for a walk in the middle of it too.
4 mins GOAL! Celtic 0-1 Juventus Not any more it's not. Terrible defensive mix-up, Ambrose jumps under the ball and Marchisio puts it in after Matri's shot is blocked on the line. Disastrous start for Celtic.
1 min Juventus kick off in a slightly disappointing navy blue but it;s Celtic who have the first attack and Wanyama the first shot as he belts one in - what your Brian Glanville-era sports writer wouls call "a fulminating drive from fully thirty yards" - that Buffon flaps behind for a corner. It's cleared amid much grappling. Good start for Celtic.
The teams are out. If anything Juve a little taller but more or less even on that score. Everybody very noisily - yes - going bananas as they line up for the cheesy (wonderful) music.
More love through the barricades from Malcolm Cullen: "Is it just me, or does the pic chosen show Mr Lennon in a particularly unflattering light?
I hope it wasn't chosen on purpose - the fact he looks like someone's stuck a tracksuit on a (just-about-visibly) randy orang-outang* surely wasn't the deciding factor for the Guardian picture editor. Anyway, c'mon the Hoops! as they say (through gritted teeth)." *He doesn't. Little unfair on the wee Euro tactical genius
Still noisy. Noisy at Celtic. Yes. We're sensing that. The crowd are doing You'll Never Walk Alone, and very nicely too. Funny-looking that Juventus midfield. Marchisio and Vidal never stop running, Pirlo never starts. Stopping them will be key for Celtic
Adrian Chiles is already going on about how noisy it's going to be. Yes. Noise. Great stuff. That's what we come to elite European football for. Meanwhile Eamonn Maloney has cracked it: "I didn't think we'd get a pun about Vidal Sosoon."
Right. This is the last one of these. Keep your garden fence arguments out of it. John Thompson flounces: "As a supporter of the still very much Glorious Glasgow Celtic I have no issues with Mr Dunne contributing to tonight’s festivities; witticisms, banter and erudite comments are always welcome from those less fortunate and unable to experience the joys and excitement of European Football. We in the GGC community are known for our charitable works and welcome those from the lower leagues to our gala occasions."
Matt Dony has a funny: "Wanyama is a real bull of a player. For Celtic to get a result, he's going to have to gore Vidal. Sorry. I'll go and think about what I've done."
Great history between Celtic and Italian teams. I'm thinking of Lisbon 1967 and Internazionale, the team of immaculately groomed international superstars outplayed by 11-men from Glasgow and surrounds with their missing teeth and "blobs of vaseline" on their eyebrows.
Ryan Dunne writes: "I trust that, in the interest of Fair 'n Balanced Journalistic Objectivity, Glorious Glasgow Rangers fans like myself are welcome to contribute to tonight's festivities? After all, surely even the Guardian would let an Israeli comment on a Palestinian fitba MBM! That would be great for World Peace/banter." No. Sorry. I'm fine with ancient tribal and religious tensions. But if there's banter involved I'm out.
Hello and welcome to exclusively-typed coverage of Celtic v Juventus, first leg of a genuinely tasty-looking Champions League round of sixteen tie. In the build up to tonight the suggestion has tended to be that Celtic are right up against it here. And not just for the usual reasons of southern-based-London-media-anti-Scots-seriously-undervaluing-the-strength-of-Inverness-Caledonian-Thistle-sassenach-shortbread/Ready-Brek-stereotyping-Islington-based-neo-imperialist-no-longer-as-funny-as-it-once-was-lazy-journalism. Obviously a bit because of that. But also mainly because Juventus are a seriously good team and anyone outside of yer actual Euro-giants is likely to find themselves up against it playing them over two legs.
The good news is Celtic have every reason to attack in this home leg if they're serious about giving this a real go. The team is just in:
Celtic Forster; Lustig, Wilson, Ambrose, Izaguirre; Forrest, Brown, Wanyama, Mulgrew; Commons, Hooper
Plenty of feistiness in there. No Samaras anywhere to be seen, which might, you never know, be a good thing in a game where Celtic need to keep the ball where they can. Anthony “T-Watt” Watt is on the bench should further folk hero-ish goalscoring intervention be required.
The Juventus team has also landed: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Peluso, Matri, Vucinic
Lovely to see Andrea Pirlo again. Treat for everyone concerned. Wanyama will have to keep an eye on Vidal, who runs and runs in between midfield and attack. Plenty of mobility everywhere there. This could be a real tear-up if Celtic start well and the crowd does its best to create “one of those nights”. Aside from all that I hope it's stripes v hoops tonight. There are no more famous hoops and stripes than these.
Barney will be here from 7.15pm or so. In the meantime, why not read Ewan Murray's preview:
Lennon will manage Celtic in the Champions League's knockout phase for the first time after guiding his team from a group which included Barcelona and Benfica. He now wants his squad to relish their unexpected prominence.
"To qualify was the best thing I've done in a managerial sense – to get out of the group with 10 points," Lennon said. "We might never get this opportunity again. I don't want people thinking this is going to be an annual thing, because it's a very difficult thing to do. So we have to maximise our opportunities.
"We might never get here again. Gordon Strachan did it two years in a row here, Alex McLeish did it [with Rangers] the year before that. So it was almost as if it was going to be a foregone conclusion every year. But it's such a difficult ride to get here. We have to make the most of it now.
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