Juventus end seven-year wait for quarter-final place
PSG through with home draw against Valencia
Juventus reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in seven years last night when they beat Celtic 2-0 to complete an emphatic 5-0 aggregate win in their last-16 tie.
Leading 3-0 from the first leg in Glasgow, the Serie A champions and leaders avoided any scares as Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella gave them their fifth successive win in the competition, all without conceding a goal.
Despite resting Giorgio Chiellini, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Claudio Marchisio, they also extended their unbeaten run in European competition to 18 games.
The noise inside the ultra-modern Juventus stadium in the early stages was ear-splitting at times but Celtic did not appear intimidated.
They were far from outplayed, enjoying long periods of possession.
The hosts preferred to sit back and play on the counter, but looked like scoring every time they broke forward.
Their first goal came from one such move when Andrea Barzagli won the ball in midfield and released Quagliarella. Al-though his shot was saved by Fraser Forster, Matri was on hand to roll the ball into the net.
Arturo Vidal wasted two chances to increase Juve’s lead before the break and Celtic could have equalised when Giorgos Samaras sent the ball flashing across the face of the goal, but nobody was on hand to turn it in.
Forster made a superb save to deny Matri at the start of the first half but was powerless in the 65th minute when Pirlo chipped the ball over the Celtic defence to Vidal, who rolled the ball for Quagliarella to score into an empty net.
In the final analysis, Celtic can only look at their European campaign in a positive light.
The Hoops won two qualifiers against HJK Helsinki and Helsingborg, before finishing second in Group G to Barcelona, whom they famously beat at Celtic Park, at the expense of Benfica and Spartak Moscow.
The Scottish champions will have another crack at it next year and although they will have to negotiate the qualifiers, Neil Lennon’s players will be all the better for this season’s continental experiences.
In France, Argentine striker Ezequiel Lavezzi salvaged a 1-1 home draw for Paris St Germain who overcame Valencia 3-2 on aggregate to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in 18 years.
After a first half short on entertainment, Valencia made the tie interesting when Brazilian Jonas put the Spaniards ahead with a superb 25-metre strike on 55 minutes.
But Lavezzi hauled Qatar-backed PSG level 11 minutes later, scoring at the second attempt after his initial shot was parried back to him by goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.
The Ligue 1 leaders, who have not lost at their Parc des Princes home in 23 European matches since 2006, last played in the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition in 1995 when they reached the semi-finals.
Real Madrid reached the last eight on Tuesday when they beat Manchester United 3-2 on aggregate and Borussia Dortmund completed a 5-2 aggregate win over Shakhtar Donetsk.
The four remaining quarter-final places will be decided next week when Barcelona play Milan and Schalke face Galatasaray on Tuesday.
Malaga meet Porto and Bayern Munich take on Arsenal on Wednesday.
Last 16 – second legs
Juventus vs Celtic - 2-0 (Juventus win 5-0 on aggregate)
Paris St Germain vs Valencia - 1-1 (Paris St Germain win 3-2 on aggregate)
Man. United vs Real Madrid - 1-2 (Real Madrid win 3-2 on aggregate)
B. Dortmund vs S. Donetsk - 3-0 (B. Dortmund win 5-2 on aggregate)
Schalke 04 vs Galatasaray (first leg: 1-1)
Barcelona vs Milan (first leg: 0-2)
Malaga vs Porto (first leg: 0-1)
Bayern Munich vs Arsenal (first leg: 3-1)