Champions League — 07 March 2013

Alessandro Matri played a key part in Juve's 2-0 victory over CelticItalian champions Juventus and mega-rich French outfit progressed into the Champions League quarter-finals last night.

Juventus defeated Celtic 2-0 at the Juventus Stadium to win the tie 5-0 on aggregate.

The Old Lady decided to rest a number of their star players, but still managed to defeat the Scottish champions. Former-Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was denied by Fraser Forster, before Juve took the lead.

Striker Fabio Quagliarella’s effort was smothered by Fraser Forster and striker Alessandro Matri scored from the rebound. The goal came at a bad time for the visitors, as Celtic had started the game in an encouraging manner.

Celtic had their chances, but it was Juventus that scored the second goal. Midfielder Andrea Pirlo found goal scorer Matri and the striker found strike partner Quagliarella, who scored from close-range.

Juventus kept their fourth straight clean sheet in the competition and look like they could be a threat to the leading contenders in the competition.

In the other Champions League tie PSG and Valencia drew 1-1 at the Parc Des Princes. The result means that the French club won the tie 3-2 on aggregate, after the French side won 2-1 at the Mestalla Stadium.

The Spanish visitors needed to score two goals to qualify. Los Ches had a decent first half and PSG keeper Sergio Sirigu was busier than Valencia counterpart Vicente Guaita. It was the visitors that struck first in this clash on 55 minutes.

PSG’s Blaise Matuidi lost the ball in midfield, the ball fell to attacker Jonas and the Brazilian star smashed a superb effort past Sergio Sirigu from 25 yards out.

Ten minutes later the home side levelled the game. Ezequiel Lavezzi had an effort saved superbly by Guaita, only for the Argentinian to score from the rebound. The goal secured the French clubs place in the quarter-finals.

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