Juventus outclass Celtic 2-0 to claim last eight spot in Champions League
MILAN (AFP) - Strikes in either half from Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella earned Juventus a comfortable 2-0 win over Celtic in their Champions League last 16 second leg and a place in the quarter finals for the first time in seven years here on Wednesday.
Trailing 3-0 from a disastrous first leg at Celtic Park last month, the Scottish champions were left needing a "minor miracle", in the words of manager Neil Lennon, if they were to cause a huge upset at Juventus Stadium.
But despite a positive Celtic performance and several clear-cut chances in the opening half, the Hoops never posed a real threat to the Italian champions, who will now relish a first appearance in the last eight since their exit to Arsenal in 2006.
After a nervous start, Juve showed the first threatening signs on 13 minutes when Celtic 'keeper Fraser Forster was forced out to block as Fabio Quagliarella threatened to pounce on midfielder Paul Pogba's superb through ball.