Celtic v Juventus as it happened

Celtic are hammered 3-0 at home by Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie.

12 February 2013 Last updated at 22:04

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  1. 2200: 

    Right, I'll sign off now on what has been a rather depressing night for Celtic.

    Neil Lennon is right to say the score flattered Juventus - but only just. The visitors were slick in attack and solid at the back, while Celtic were full of vim in the first-half but lost their way.

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  2. 2158: 
    More from Neil Lennon

    On the pushing and pulling at corners: "I'd like to ask the referee is the game different in Spain and Italy? Every time my player moved in the area it was a foul. We played Juventus 12 years ago and Chris Sutton won a penalty for the same thing.

    "We need a miracle now. That's the harsh reality of Champions League football."

  3. 2155: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    "I think the scoreline flatters Juventus.

    "For the best part of game; 70 minutes or so, we were by far the better side.

    "But we gave away sloppy goals. We took a gamble playing Efe Ambrose and I thought he was poor for the first goal.

    "We switched off for second goal and third was poor."


    Lynda in Kirkcaldy via text: "Celtic will win the second leg with big Sammy back and nothing to lose... any bets?"


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  5. 2150: 

    There were two other matches in Scotland tonight, with Cowdenbeath getting the better of Fife rivals Dunfermline 4-2 and Stirling Albion and East Stirlingshire drawing 1-1.

  6. 2148: 
    Owen Coyle on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Celtic have looked a better side playing on the counter-attack in Europe. They had a problem taking the game to a real quality side after losing that early goal."

  7. 2145: 

    That second leg in Turin will be on 6 March. How will Celtic approach that one? They have to go for glory, surely but then they risk a tanking.

  8. 2144: 
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Celtic had two options. To play the way they did tonight or play the way they did against Barcelona, defend and try to break sides down. I was happy before the game that they didn't do that, maybe in retrospect a lot of Celtic fans wouldn't want that now."

  9. 2141: 

    "File under anti-climax," says BBC Radio Scotland reporter Chick Young. "The tie is over. There is no way in the world Juventus will lose three or four goals at home."

  10. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Celtic 0-3 Juventus

    After all the hype, it's a very flat atmosphere at Celtic Park as Juventus open up a handsome lead in this Champions League last 16 tie. The visitors got off to a great start with a goal on three minutes and absorbed a lot of Celtic pressure before killing the match off with two clinical goals in the second half.

  11. 2136: 

    We're into stoppage time now and home fans are leaving in their droves. A few hardy souls belt out songs of support...

  12. 2133: 

    Claudio Marchisio blots a near flawless display with a needless hack at Victor Wanyama.


    Kinnon in Leith via text: "Oops. Game Set & Match? The St Mirren of Northern Italy just too much in the end. Plus some pretty inconsistent refereeing."

    Helen, Elgin, via text: "That's enough now Juventus, stop it."


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  14. 2130: 

    Celtic Park is very quiet as Nicolas Anelka gets a late run out for Juve. Classic Italian move, waiting for Mirko Vucinic to take a corner, then ordering him to come off just before he takes it. Even at 3-0 up manager Antonio Conte is up to a wee dodge like that.

  15. 2127: 
    GOAL- Celtic 0-3 Juventus (Vucinic)

    The gamble to include Efe Ambrose has well and truly backfired! The Nigerian defender is robbed by Alessandro Matri, Claudio Marchisio is on to the loose ball in a flash and slips a pass through to Mirko Vucinic, who slides a low strike past Fraser Forster.

  16. 2126: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "The home supporters have been well and truly deflated by that second Juve goal. The Italians have absorbed everything Celtic have had to throw at them and with that strike have perhaps put the tie beyond Neil Lennon's men."

  17. 2125: 

    Beram Kayal is on for Celtic skipper Scott Brown. We have 10 minutes left at Celtic Park.

  18. 2121: 
    GOAL- Celtic 0-2 Juventus (Marchisio)

    Oh dear. That's a sucker punch and a half! Juve spring forward at pace and Alessandro Matri touches on a lovely pass to Claudio Marchisio, who cuts inside Scott Brown and lashes in a shot that Fraser Forster gets hands to but can't stop.

  19. 2120: 

    Scott Brown and Juve substitute Simone Padoin are both yellow carded for more shenanigans in the penalty box at a corner. As soon as play resumes, the pair are at it again.

  20. 2117: 

    Tony Watt is on for Kris Commons. Can the young striker make a dramatic entrance like he did against Barcelona?

  21. 2114: 

    Stephan Lichtsteiner has to be the most unpopular man at Celtic Park. The Swiss is at his pushing larks again, knocking Scott Brown to the ground. Just for good measure, he then takes a dramatic tumble as if he's been shot.

  22. 2111: 

    Juve break forward down the left through Federico Peluso and the wing-back's cut-back is met by Mirko Vucinic. The forward's shot is raking towards goal before Kelvin Wilson sticks out a foot to clear in front of keeper Fraser Forster.

  23. 2108: 

    Charlie Mulgrew finds Scott Brown on the right edge of the penalty box and the Celtic skipper drills a dangerous shot into a congested area but it cannons off a defender in black and the ball is cleared.

  24. 2106: 

    Celtic should be level. Kris Commons shifts a corner to Charlie Mulgrew who swings a great delivery right on to the head of Efe Ambrose and the defender can only nod into the ground from 10 yards and into the arms of Gigi Buffon.

  25. 2104: 
    Pushing and shoving was a feature of the first-half at Celtic Park Pushing and shoving was a feature of the first-half at Celtic Park
  26. 2102: 

    Celtic defender Mikael Lustig is limping off to be replaced by Adam Matthews. The Welshman was ready to come on before the Swede was hurt, so I'm not sure that was the change Neil Lennon originally intended.

  27. 2100: 

    More appeals from the crowd as James Forrest is brushed out of the way as he challenges for a high ball. Solid defending on that occasion...

  28. 2057: 

    More howls of derision from the crowd as Emilio Izaguirre takes a tumble 25 yards from the Juve goal and referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco waves play on. It was a clear trip from Andrea Barzagli.

  29. 2054: 

    Juve knocking the ball around well, with Claudio Marchisio really catching the eye. The patient passing from the visitors has quietened the crowd down a little.


    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Juve have never lost a CL match in which they were leading at HT (44 matches). Celtic have lost all 10 in which they trailed at HT #celjuv"

  31. 2050: 

    The second half is up and running. No changes in personnel.


    England striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "Hooper is entitled to stand where he wants. It's the defender doing the pushing trying to clear the space for Buffon."

  33. 2047: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "A chorus of boos went up at the half-time whistle. Not a reflection of the home fans' view of their side's performance but rather that of the referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco, who hasn't endeared himself to the Celtic support.

    "Save for that nightmare start, Celtic have played well enough, but aren't creating clear-cut opportunities. Gigi Buffon is dealing comfortably with long-range shots, while Juve haven't really threatened at the other end since the opening few minutes."


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  35. 2044: 

    Will we see any changes at half-time? James Forrest has not really been in the game and Victor Wanyama has not been involved enough. Joe Ledley and Beram Kayal are midfield options on the Celtic bench.

    Efe Ambrose has been all at sea a couple of times. Has that 10-hour flight from South Africa and the exertions of tournament football caught up with him?

  36. 2040: 

    The BBC Radio Scotland commentary team are flabbergasted by the pushing and shoving going on at Celtic set-pieces. Stephan Lichtsteiner has been the main culprit; attempting a couple of early shirt exchanges with Gary Hooper.


    Robert Gray via Twitter: "Celtic played well so far, unlucky to be behind, biggest problem, weak and poor ref, simply, send 26 off #bbcsportscot"

  38. 2033: 
    HALF-TIME- Celtic 0-1 Juventus

    The worst possible start for Celtic as a misjudgement from Efe Ambrose allowed Alessandro Matri to race through and score on three minutes. The home side responded well and have created a number of chances but the game remains heavily weighted in favour of Juventus.

  39. 2031: 

    Charlie Mulgrew works a corner to James Forrest on the edge of the penalty area and the winger sends a low shot into a forest of legs. Efe Ambrose attempts to flick it on but gets his legs in a twist and Juve clear the danger.


    Graeme in Banchory via text: "Scott Brown again a bit out of his depth at a decent level. Physically ok but an average footballer who bombs about kicking people."


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    Tom Watson via Twitter: "#bbcsportscot Re pic of Samaras at 1944: We all know he's handsome but i didnt realise that, without the stubble, he's positively beautiful."


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  42. 2028: 

    Celtic winger James Forrest, who has been very quiet so far, slides in late on Andrea Pirlo and can have no complaints about a caution.

  43. 2027: 

    Kris Commons gathers a pass from Emilio Izaguirre with his back to goal and does well to fashion room for a shot but once again it is straight at Gianluigi Buffon.

  44. 2026: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "Celtic captain Scott Brown is right in the thick of things here, trying to make things happen for his side. But his frustration is obvious and he's been involved in a couple of spats - one with Andrea Pirlo, following which the Italian maestro left him standing with a swivel of his hips. Then Brown had an off-the-ball kick at another opponent, which - fortunately for him - wasn't seen by an official."

  45. 2025: 

    Stephan Lichtsteiner continues to manhandle Gary Hooper as Victor Wanyama meets a second corner and heads a great chance over the top from 10 yards.

  46. 2024: 

    Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco books Gary Hooper and Stephan Lichtsteiner as the pair push and shove each other at a Celtic corner.


    Tack on Twitter: "Celtic doing well but lacking that little spark Samaras can provide when he wants to & you know he'd have been up for this! #bbcsportscot"


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  48. 2017: 

    Efe Ambrose is a bit beefy with a back-pass from the halfway line. The ball fairly screams out for a corner, with Fraser Forster having no chance of stopping it.

    From the resulting set-piece, Ambrose darts out to close down Arturo Vidal on the edge of the box, clattering into the Chilean. No foul given, but a wobbly few minutes for the Nigerian.

  49. 2014: 

    Gianluigi Buffon is rooted to the spot as he watches an overhead kick from Kris Commons slide a metre wide. Mikael Lustig was the man delivery a great cross into the danger zone.

  50. 2013: 

    Another ball over the top catches Celtic out as Mirko Vucinic scampers clear and takes the ball wide of onrushing keeper Fraser Forster on the right. However, he ends up near the byeline and is closed down by covering defenders.

  51. 2011: 

    Andrea Pirlo has a little nibble back at Scott Brown as the pair clash again. The normally unruffled Italian has a sly punch at the Celtic skipper's nether regions. Naughty...

  52. 2010: 

    Andrea Pirlo gets a Glasgow welcome from Celtic skipper Scott Brown. The Juve playmaker slips and Brown is snapping at his heels before clambering over the 33-year-old.

  53. 2008: 

    The Juventus goal is now being given to Alessandro Matri since his effort had crossed the line before Kelvin Wilson's attempted clearance. That's six goals in six games for the Italian forward.

  54. 2007: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "Celtic Park was understandably stunned by that early setback. But the crowd and the home side have responded well. It looks like we're going to have a very open game, with Gigi Buffon already having to look lively to keep out Wanyama and Commons."

  55. 2005: 

    Celtic are doing all the pressing as the game cracks along at a rapid rate of knots. Juve playmaker Andrea Pirlo looks a bit bemused by the frantic pace and has barely had a touch.

  56. 2003: 

    Emilio Izaguirre gallops down the left and delivers a delicious cross to the penalty spot area but Kris Commons is slightly ahead of the ball and can only knock an awkward shot high over the crossbar.

  57. 2002: 
    England manager Roy Hodgson England manager Roy Hodgson

    England manager Roy Hodgson is a guest at Celtic Park this evening. He'll be casting a keen eye over Fraser Forster and Gary Hooper. Both have played a significant part in Celtic's progress this season, with the big keeper outstanding in both group matches against Barcelona and three of the striker's 22 goals this term coming in Europe.

  58. 2000: 
    BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin at Celtic Park

    "There's only one answer for Celtic they have to go and attack Juventus and look for that goal, that's the only way they can get back in to the game. At least they have plenty of time to do it. Celtic are trying to push the line up too high and they don't have the pace to do that. It's not sophisticated from Juventus. It's just knocking it long and they've got behind the Celtic back line three times now."

  59. 1958: 

    A corner from Kris Commons is met by the head of Charlie Mulgrew at the back post. The ball bounces down into the turf and is handled confidently by Gianluigi Buffon.

  60. 1956: 

    Charlie Mulgrew fizzes a shot wide after a neat lay-off from Gary Hooper. A poor defensive header then allows Kris Commons to have a dig from the edge of the penalty box and Gianluigi Buffon makes a smothering save.

  61. 1955: 

    Claudio Marchisio is close to scoring a second goal as he races in at the far post to connect with a Federico Peluso cross but the midfielder cannot steer in his shot on the stretch.

  62. 1953: 

    Victor Wanyama lets fly again but Gianluigi Buffon is right behind it.

  63. 1950: 
    GOAL- Celtic 0-1 Juventus (Matri)

    Alessandro Matri races on to a long ball over the top of the Celtic defence and is one-on-one with Fraser Forster. The striker slips the ball through the keeper's legs and Kelvin Wilson lunges to clear from the goal-line. It had already crossed but Claudio Marchisio makes sure by smashing the ball home.

  64. 1948: 

    Victor Wanyama has a pop from 25 yards and Gianluigi Buffon leaps to push the ball away, although it was curling wide. The crowd love that...

  65. 1947: 

    And we're off.

  66. 1944: 

    The handshakes are almost complete and the noise is deafening inside the stadium. Hold on to your hats!


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    Celtic forward Georgios Samaras Georgios Samaras looks on from the stand at Celtic Park, having failed to shrug off an injury
  69. 1941: 

    The teams are in the tunnel, Juve wearing an all-black away kit.

  70. 1940: 

    Pirlo will need to be contained but it would be a grave mistake to label the visitors a one-man team, since they are packed with talent. Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal are top-drawer international midfielders, Buffon remains one of the best goalkeepers around and the Juve defence is full of experience.

    Up front may be considered the one possible weak link but such talk appears foolish, with the visitors able to leave out Nicolas Anelka, Fabio Quagliarella and Sebastian Giovinco.

  71. 1938: 

    It's time for You'll Never Walk Alone.

  72. 1935: 

    He might not shift as quickly as he used to, but Andrea Pirlo is the man that makes Juve tick. The 33-year-old, deemed surplus to requirements at AC Milan 18 months ago, must rank as one of the best free-transfer bargains ever.

    His chipped spot-kick was the crowning glory during a sparkling performance as Italy beat England on penalties to secure a Euro 2012 semi-final spot.

    And he ran the show against Germany in the last four before the Italians came up short versus Spain in the final.


    Michael Marra on Twitter: #bbcsportscot Juventus also lost 1-0 to Dundee United at Tannadice in March 1967."

  74. 1931: 

    The noise levels are starting to increase as the players go through their warm-up routines and the stadium fills up. It's going to be loud. Very loud.

  75. 1930: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "Well, this is as momentous an occasion as Celtic Park has seen in quite some time. It's a different atmosphere to the build-up to the Barcelona match here a few months back. Then, there was still a sense of innocent excitement at being involved in the Champions League again and playing host to the best team in the world.

    "Now there is a heightened sense of expectation, because of the fine results Celtic have achieved in Europe this season. The noise inside Celtic Park on Champions League match-days has been second-to-none I'd wager and I expect the roof to once again be lifted off the stadium as kick-off beckons."

  76. 1927: 

    Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon: [talking yesterday]

    "I have played in Glasgow two or three times with Parma and Juventus. The atmosphere is very British in many ways but as far as I can remember, no fan has ever scored a goal.

    "Certainly the crowd can help Celtic but only to a certain point."

  77. 1924: 

    Juventus manager Antonio Conte: [talking yesterday]

    "If anyone has underestimated Celtic, it has certainly not been us. We have great respect for them.

    "They are a very good team. To beat Barcelona here at Celtic Park and to go close in the Nou Camp is proof of that.

    "We will have to be very careful."


    JaseXo on Twitter: "Too much pressure is being built on Celtic, can see them buckling! 2-1 to Juventus #bbcsportscot"


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  79. 1921: 

    Juventus have lost on both of their previous visits to Celtic Park: 1-0 in 1981 and 4-3 in a 2001 cracker.

    The Italians have had mixed fortunes elsewhere in Scotland, hammering Rangers 4-0 in 1995 to avenge a 2-0 defeat at Ibrox in 1978, while they beat Hibs 4-2 in 1974 and drew 1-1 at Aberdeen in 1971.

  80. 1917: 

    More from Celtic manager Neil Lennon's pre-match conference:

    "I don't want to fill the players' heads too much from a tactical point of view.

    "And in terms of motivation, I don't think the players need any more from me.

    "It is probably the biggest game of some of their young careers and we are hoping we can take the club further in the competition."


    BBC Radio Scotland Golf Show host Graham Spiers on Twitter: "What a night in store in Glasgow. Have to say, this city does these Champions League bashes very well. #celtic #UCL"


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    Toby Feest on Twitter: "Fair play to the Celtic fans they make a big occasion that more special, must be huge motivation for the players #bbcsportscot"


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  83. 1912: 

    Celtic boss Neil Lennon has had a bit of help from Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson, who knows a thing or two about big European nights.

    "Sir Alex took time out of his heavy schedule to come and visit me and my backroom team one afternoon and throughout the campaign we have been in touch," revealed Lennon yesterday.

    "He has gone out of his way at times to help us, not in a huge way but little pointers in the right direction, with little tit-bits of advice for what to look out for and for a young manager he is fantastic in that way.

    "Obviously we are up against a great team and great coach and it is very exciting for me to challenge myself against Antonio Conte".

  84. 1909: 

    The Juve fans, maybe 3,000 of them, are in position nice and early and are making all of the noise at the moment.

  85. 1905: 

    More from Sam Torrance on his way into Celtic Park: "Tonight's the same as the Ryder Cup in that the crowd will be the 12th man."

  86. 1903: 

    Juventus topped qualifying Group E, with three wins and three draws, eliminating holders Chelsea along the way.

    But Celtic also picked up three wins in qualifying, including a magnificent home success against the mighty Barcelona, and were unbeaten in Glasgow.


    Andy Craig on Twitter: "#bbcsportscot watching this one in Brazil, heavy that big Samaras is out, maybe that long hair of his made him look too Italian to play."


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  88. 1859: 
    Former Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance on BBC Radio Scotland

    "If you can beat Barcelona you can beat anyone. I think it will be a great night.

    "It's important that Celtic do not let a goal in tonight, so they can go over to Italy and nick something."

    Slammin' Sam also reveals that he was at the game in 1967 when Celtic became the first British side to win the European Cup...

  89. 1856: 

    Celtic: Fraser Forster; Mikael Lustig, Kelvin Wilson, Efe Ambrose, Emilio Izaguirre; James Forrest; Scott Brown, Victor Wanyama, Charlie Mulgrew; Kris Commons, Gary Hooper.

    Subs: Lukasz Zaluska, Adam Matthews, Beram Kayal, Joe Ledley, Miku, Tony Watt, Lassad Nouioui.

    Juventus: Gianluigi Buffon; Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Martin Caceres; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Federico Peluso; Alessandro Matri, Mirko Vucinic.

    Subs: Marco Storari, Paul Pogba, Sebastian Giovinco, Nicolas Anelka, Simone Padoin, Fabio Quagliarella, Luca Marrone.

    Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)

  90. 1853: 

    Leonardo Bonucci returns from a domestic suspension for Juventus but fellow Italian international defender Giorgio Chiellini is still missing through injury.


    Pete in Edinburgh texts: "Do you think its 3-5-2 with Mulgrew at the back?"

    Juve favour a 3-5-2 formation and it is something that Neil Lennon has tinkered with recently...


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  92. 1847: 

    The great Liam Brady played in two matches for the Bianconeri against Celtic in 1981, helping the Turin side to a 2-1 aggregate victory in the first round of the European Cup.

    The teams met again 20 years later when Celtic first reached the Champions League group stage, with each side taking maximum points at home in two cracking matches.

    Read about those past meetings here, with recollections from BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod.

  93. 1844: 

    Liam Brady in the Celtic match programme:

    "Celtic versus Juventus is one of the classic European ties - they are two great clubs with huge traditions.

    'Celtic look good at set-pieces with Mulgrew's good delivery. I give them a real chance, although Juventus will be favourites."

    Of course, Irish maestro Liam Brady spent two successful seasons with Juventus and managed Celtic in the early 1990s.

  94. 1840: 
    Former Bolton boss Owen Coyle on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The adrenalin will get Efe Ambrose through the game. He can wait until tomorrow to be shattered!"

  95. 1835: 

    Celtic: Forster; Lustig, Wilson, Ambrose, Izaguirre; Forrest, Brown, Wanyama, Mulgrew; Commons, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Kayal, Ledley, Miku, Watt, Lassad.

    Juventus details to follow...

  96. 1834: 

    Left-back Emilio Izaguirre has recovered from a knee injury, while winger James Forrest is fit again following a hamstring problem. Both are on from the start.

    Georgios Samaras has been something of a talisman for Celtic in Europe this season but the big Greek forward has not recovered from a hamstring problem.

  97. 1833: 

    Stunning news for Celtic! Efe Ambrose starts, despite playing for Nigeria in Sunday's 1-0 African Cup of Nations final win over Burkina Faso. The big defender only arrived back in Scotland this morning.


    BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound presenter Richard Gordon on Twitter: "Going to be one helluva night, and with Celtic's home record in Champions League, it could be a pretty special one too."

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on Twitter: "I hope you will all be feeling as proud and emotional as I will at 7 45... tonight just means that little bit more."


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  99. 1830: 

    Good evening and welcome to our coverage of Celtic's Champions League clash with Juventus. Tonight's first-leg is in Glasgow and a place in the last eight of the tournament is up for grabs.

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