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SOCCER — CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Galatasaray ousts Juventus

Juventus’ Carlos Tevez (right) and Fernando Llorente react after losing against Galatasaray in the Champions League.
Galatasaray eliminated Juventus with a 1-0 victory yesterday as they completed a match abandoned due to snow a day earlier. Neymar scored a hat-trick as Barcelona hammered Celtic 6-1.

ISTANBUL — Wesley Sneijder scored a late goal yesterday to help Galatasaray advance to the knockout stage of the Champions League with a 1-0 win over Juventus in a weather-delayed match.
The former Inter Milan midfielder scored in the 85th minute in snowy conditions, eliminating Juventus from the competition.
Didier Drogba flicked a long ball to Sneijder on the right of the penalty area and the Netherlands international shot through Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci’s legs and into the far bottom corner.
The match had been abandoned in the 32nd minute on Tuesday because of hail and snow. The field was cleared of snow before the restart but the efforts had left it in poor condition.
Juventus coach Antonio Conte and Drogba complained to the referee at halftime.
Galatasaray had to win to progress to the last 16, while Juventus needed only a point to secure its advancement from Group B, which was won by Real Madrid.
Also, Neymar scored a Champions League hat-trick in a 6-1 rout of Celtic on help Barcelona forget about Lionel Messi — for one night at least.
Gerard Piqué opened the scoring at the Camp Nou before Neymar used some masterful dribbling to set up Pedro Rodríguez in the 40th to make it 2-0.
The Brazil striker was just getting started as he tapped home his first goal of the competition — and first in a month — moments later before scoring from a precise give-and-go to start the second half.
Neymar used more deft footwork to get free again for his third in the 58th, and Cristian Tello sealed the win for the Group H winners.
Giorgios Samaras headed in a late consolation goal for Celtic.
AP, Reuters
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