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Juve Punish Plucky Celtic

Juventus put one foot in the next round of the UEFA Champions League after beating a plucky Celtic 3-0 at Celtic Park on Tuesday night.

Kenyan Victor Wanyama showed his intentions just three minutes into the game when he lashed a swerving shot at goal which Gianluigi Buffon tipped around the post.

Juve would hit the front moments later though when a long ball forward found Alessandro Matri who had outmuscled Nigerian Efe Ambrose off the ball and he poked it through the legs and over the line. The ball was cleared by the defender with the referee having not yet awarded the goal but Claudio Marchisio fired home to make sure.

Marchisio was found by a terrific cross two minutes later but he got his volley wrong while Celtic responded with Kris Commons forcing Gianluigi Buffon into a save.

Wanyama made an important block in the 25th minute while Commons sent an acrobatic overhead kick just wide in the 27th minute.

Celtic were playing some neat football and had a great chance to pull the game level when Ambrose was found unmarked in the area but his header was down into the turf and straight to Buffon.

That miss would be punished when Matri played a sublime first-touch pass to find Marchisio's run and he fired in off the hand of the goalkeeper.

Ambrose, who just came back from South Africa where he was part of the Africa Cup of Nations-winning Nigerian side, saw his night go from bad to worse when he was caught in possession and Mirko Vucinic was slipped through for a simple third goal.

The result leaves the Old Lady firmly in the driving seat ahead of the second-leg in Italy.


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