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2-0 win at home gives them a 5-0 aggregate

Strikes in either half from Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella earned Juventus a comfortable 2-0 win over Celtic in their CL last 16 second leg and a place in the quarter finals for the first time in seven years.

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.

With Juventus keeping a clean sheet in their past five Champions League games at home, it was no surprise Lennon called the stadium a “fortress”. “The difference is the quality in the final third,” said the Celtic coach.

Despite the gulf in budget between the sides, Juve coach Antonio Conte said he had not underestimated Celtic’s potential. “Celtic have a great team and we had to be careful tonight. But now we’ve achieved the dream of making the quarters. For me it’s first time as a coach and it’s the same for many of my players,” Conte said.AFP

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