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Juventus leave Celtic hopes in tatters with 3-0 win

Published on Feb 13, 2013 6:35 AM
Juventus' Claudio Marchisio (second, right) celebrates with his team mates Stephan Lichtsteiner and Arturo Vidal (right) after scoring against Celtic during their Champions League soccer match at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland on Feb 12, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GLASGOW (AFP) - Juventus all but clinched their place in the last eight of the Champions League after a clinical display from the Italian champions earned them a 3-0 win over Celtic at Parkhead here on Tuesday.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon surprised everyone before kick-off as he handed Efe Ambrose a starting place despite the defender playing in Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations final win over Burkina Faso on Sunday.

But the gamble went horribly wrong with the defender at fault for two of Juve's deadly away goals.

Celtic got off to a nightmare start when Ambrose was caught out by the flight of Federico Peluso's long ball in the third minute, allowing Alessandro Matri to get in behind him and fire the ball over the line despite Kelvin Wilson's desperate attempted clearance on the line.

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