Stu Forster

Celtic vs. Juventus, 2013 UEFA Champions League: Odd match ends in Bianconeri slaughter

For most of Tuesday's match, Celtic were well on top. They failed to finish their chances, fell apart late, and somehow managed to lose 3-0.

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Juventus' dream is Efe Ambrose's nightmare

A massive defensive mistake by Efe Ambrose in the 3rd minute gifted Juventus an early lead and two late goals from Claudio Marchsio and Mirko Vucinich have Juventus with one foot firmly planted in the next round.

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Defensive gaffe has Juventus ahead at halftime

Celtic were the better side in the opening 45 minutes in terms but a massive defensive mistake in the opening minutes allowed Juventus to take a 1-0 lead and claim an away goal.

The roaring crowd at Celtic Park was struck silent in the 3rd minute when Efe Ambrose, fresh off a plane from the Africa Cup of Nations, horribly misplayed a long ball down the left side, allowing Alessandro Matri around him. Fraser Forster wasn't quick enough off his line and Matri's shot got past him before being cleared off the line (replay showed it crossed the line). In the end it didn't matter as Claudio Marchisio was following up the play and blasted the shot in to the back of the net, giving Juventus the early lead.

Celtic were able to bounce back from the goal and get some decent pressure on Juventus but there was no doubt the bianconeri were zeroed in on Ambrose who misplayed another long ball minutes after the goal that nearly led to Marchisio making it 2-0. Luckily for Celtic, the striker couldn't get a good strike on a cross at the far post.

Kris Commons came every so close to equalizing for Celtic in the 28th minute, sending an overhead kick attempt off a cross from open play spinning just wide of the post. Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon never saw the shot and was frozen, so he would have had no chance of making a stop if the effort had been on target.

All in all not a bad half for Celtic in terms of possession and creating chances on goal. Of course, any positives were swept about by the defensive mistake and allowing Juventus to grab an early away goal. Celtic are going to need a couple goals at least to take with them to Italy if they have any hope of winning the tie.

In the end, a random Juventus fan getting on TV waving his middle fingers was probably the most exciting moment of the half.

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Celtic get fitness boosts; Juventus as expected

Celtic have gotten boosts from a trio of players who will play versus Juventus despite fitness concerns.

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Time for the Juventus perspective on today's match

Our Juventus blog Black & White & Read All Over has all the information you need to be ready for today's Champions League match between Juve and Celtic

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January struggles reveal Juventus imperfections

It's been two months since the end of the Champions League group stages, and Juventus are still top in Serie A. But January showed that the Old Lady does, indeed, have her weaknesses.

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Celtic hope to better previous knockout visits

Celtic are treading familiar ground in the knockout rounds of the Champions League, however this time around they will be hoping for a brighter ending than their previous attempts.

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Celtic on a suicide mission against Juventus

Celtic's sensible transfer policy has given them a fine team, but tonight could be their last hurrah as a new cycle is set to begin.

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A wild Celtic Park awaits the Hoops and Juventus

Celtic may not have the Old Firm matches, but they get a visit from Juventus in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

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