Galatasaray vs. Juventus, final score 1-0: Galatasaray on to the next round

Denis Doyle

It took 18 hours for the match to finish, but in the end, Galatasaray got their much needed goal, pushing Juventus out of the Champions League.

After hail and extremely unsporting conditions caused the match in Istanbul to be called off before halftime, the meeting between Galatasaray and Juventus resumed on Wednesday. The game began in the 31st minute with the score 0-0.

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The remaining hour unfolded much like you would expect a match played in freezing conditions on a pitch plowed with a tiny tractor. The orange ball took random bounces after being booted up the pitch, and whenever the whistle blew, players surrounded the referee to discuss whether there'd been intention behind the collision or it was simply a loss of footing.

Then, with five minutes left to play, Galatasaray broke the deadlock with the goal that would put them through to the knockout stages. Didier Drogba got on the end of a long diagnonal ball to head on to Wesley Sneijder, who needed just one touch to fire his shot into the bottom left corner. Then they all went and made little snow angels and frolicked like puppies.

Galatasaray are through, but surely Juventus will contest the match, played as it was in such conditions. Will they be successful? Unlikely.

Galatasaray: Muslera, Chedjou, Semih, Gökhan Zan, Riera, Selçuk İnan, Melo, Eboue (Bulut 80), Sneijder ( Gülselam 90), Drogba, Burak Yılmaz

Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci (Giovinco 90), Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pogba, Marchisio (Quagliarella 87), Asamoah, Tevez, Llorente

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