11 December 2013 17:49

Galatasaray's Wesley Sneijder struck late to clinch a 1-0 win over Juventus and a Champions League last 16 spot at the expense of the Italians yesterday as they completed a match abandoned due to snow a day earlier.
Sneijder broke the deadlock in the 85th minute after being set up by a headed knock down from striker Didier Drogba, firing a low shot past Gianluigi Buffon in the Group B match which was again beset by snowy conditions that make the pitch slippery.
Galatasaray's win lifted them above the Serie A champions into second with seven points compared to six for Juve, who drop into the Europa League.
The rearranged game in Istanbul restarted in the 32nd minute with both teams struggling on a muddy pitch which made passing a major challenge, forcing them to hit long balls.
"I think we got a well-deserved win over Juventus today," Galatasaray's Italian manager Roberto Mancini told Turkish television. "Restarting the game after a rescheduling made concentrating a challenge, but our fans showed up in snowfall today and helped us through. We are truly grateful."
Galatasary captain Selcuk Inan added: "It turned into an advantage for us that the game was postponed because we knew the result of the Real Madrid-Copenhagen game, and we knew at worst we would go into the Europa League. We are very happy to have advanced to the knockout stage two seasons in a row."
 


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