Celtic 0-3 Juventus: The reports, reaction, best tweets and analysis

The best reaction from around the web on Celtic's defeat to Juventus.

Juventus' Stephan Lichtsteiner (right) consoles James Forrest at full-time
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Celtic fell to some clinical Juventus finishing and some controversial referreeing in the first leg of their last-16 clash at Parkhead.

Juve striker Alessandro Matri rocked the Hoops with a third-minute goal only for Neil Lennon's side to battle back ferociously.

Despite creating pressure and chances throughout the match, the Scottish champions were hit by a sucker-punch in the 76th minute when midfielder Claudio Marchisio grabbed a second on the counter before striker Mirko Vucinic grabbed a third in the 83rd minute.

In a physical encounter, the home support grew increasingly frustrated by referee Alberto Undanio Mallenco's decisions.

In the 37th minute, after Celtic striker Gary Hooper and Juventus defender Stephan Lichsteiner were both booked for wrestling as they awaited Commons' corner. Then in the second half Scott Brown and Simone Padoin were booked after clashing in then penalty area.

What the managers say

Neil Lennon: "We need a miracle. But it's the harsh reality of Champions League football and some of my young players will learn a huge lesson tonight.

"I thought for 70-odd minutes, until the second goal, we were by far the better side - but you can't give away goals like we gave away, sloppy.

"Efe was poor for the first goal but we had good chances to equalise. Then we switched off defensively for the second goal and the third goal was poor.

"I'd like to ask the referee, is the game different in Spain or Italy? Every time one of my players tried to move he was held. He should have given a penalty on at least two occasions."

Antonio Conte: "Quite often in Italy we have the bad habit of over-criticising so I will leave it to the Celtic manager to criticise this evening.

"Celtic are a good team but we knew this, and there was a fantastic crowd who were like two extra men and that can only drive a team on.

"So it was a difficult match for us, but we kept our heads.

"Celtic played with great intensity but we showed great maturity and overall it was an excellent result for us."

The game in tweets

Further reading on Celtic 0-3 Juventus

STV: "Celtic need a football miracle if they are to rescue their Champions League hopes after succumbing to a ruthless Juventus side in the first leg of their last-16 clash at Parkhead"

Scottish Sun: "When push comes to shove, the margins at this level are razor thin. At one end, Celtic could have had a hatful of penalties as Juve rag-dolled hooped jerseys at every set-piece. At the other, the Italians pulled off three classic counter-attacks to virtually kill the tie. Impressive on one hand, sure it was? Brutal on the other, you’d better believe it."

Daily Record: "It will take a miracle now to stop Celtic’s adventure from ending here. In fact, let’s face it, the tie was over last night. There will be no way back in Turin next month because the task is now so large it’s insurmountable."

The Herald: "Celtic's Parkhead fortress was reduced to rubble in the last 16 of the Champions League by a formidable Juventus team which delivered a brutal, wounding result. Two late goals took the sting out of the loud complaints Celtic would otherwise have voiced about the leniency shown to the Italians by referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco."

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