> ANSA English > News

Soccer: Juve out of Champions League after Galatasaray loss

Sneijder strikes for Turkish side five minutes from time

11 December, 15:49
Soccer: Juve out of Champions League after Galatasaray loss (ANSA) - Rome, December 11 - Juventus are out of the Champions League after losing their final Group B match 1-0 to Galatasaray in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Former Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder struck five minutes from time to seal the Turkish side's qualification for the knockout stage of Europe's premier club competition.

The match resumed from the 31st minute on Wednesday after being abandoned on Tuesday due to a heavy fall of snow and hail.

The Italian champions, who had needed a draw to go through, finished the group in third place and will now enter the round of 32 of the continent's secondary competition, the Europa League. Although the weather was better on Wednesday, the pitch was extremely heavy after all the snow that landed on it and it was difficult to play. Dutchman Sneijder fired a low right-footed shot past Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon and into the bottom-left corner in the closing stages after Ivorian forward Didier Drogba headed a long ball into his path. Galatasaray leapfrogged Juventus, twice European champions, to finish second in the group with seven points, one more than the Turin side and nine less than first-placed Real Madrid. Copenhagen came last with four points and exit European competition this season.

Later on Wednesday seven-time European champions AC Milan host Ajax needing a draw to qualify from Group H.

Napoli must beat Arsenal by three goals at home, meanwhile, to be sure of progressing from Group F.