Dec 11, 2013 at 1pm UK at ​Turk Telekom Arena
Galatasaray
1-0
Juventus
Sneijder (85')
Sneijder (77'), Bulut (89'), Muslera (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Marchisio (18'), Tevez (59')

Result: Galatasaray progress in Champions League at Juventus's expense

A late Wesley Sneijder goal in Istanbul seals Galatasaray's place in the last 16 of the Champions League at the expense of Juventus.

Galatasaray booked their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League thanks to a 1-0 victory over Juventus in a snowy Istanbul this afternoon.

The two sides went into the clash battling for second spot, with Real Madrid having already sealed first place. Visiting Juve went into the encounter two points better off than their hosts, who had to win to remain in the competition after Christmas.

The encounter actually got underway yesterday evening, but the combination of snow and hail storms resulted in referee Pedro Proenca calling a halt to proceedings in the 31st minute.

Galatasaray players slide at the Turk Telecom Arena to celebrate their victory over Juventus in the Champions League on December 11, 2013© AFP

Despite the wintry conditions having continued throughout the night and this morning, the two teams reconvened at the Turk Telekom Arena to complete the remaining 59 minutes.

The tractors that had been used to clear the pitch of snow had left the playing surface boggy, which resulted in the teams largely adopting a long-ball tactic in an attempt to bypass the middle of the pitch, which was particularly affected.

Chances were few and far between before the whistle was blown for the break, but in the 57th minute, the home side created the first opening. Paul Pogba's pass was underhit and the ball was eventually worked to former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to drill goalwards from the edge of the area. Gianluigi Buffon got down quickly in the away side's goal, though, to push clear the danger.

Didier Drogba jumps on Wesley Sneijder after the latter scored the winner for Galatasaray against Juventus in the Champions League on December 11, 2013© AFP

Up the other end the Italians, who would have qualified ahead of Gala with a draw, worked an opening with 79 minutes played, but Claudio Marchisio drove straight at Fernando Muslera.

The defining moment occurred five minutes from time when Drogba rose highest 20 yards from goal to head the ball into the path of an unmarked Wesley Sneijder. Despite a narrow angle, the Dutchman went for goal and he managed to guide the ball beyond the reach of Buffon and inside the near post.

Juventus applied pressure in the closing stages, but Gala held firm to ensure that they would be in next week's draw, while Juventus drop down into the Europa League.

Galatasaray players slide at the Turk Telecom Arena to celebrate their victory over Juventus in the Champions League on December 11, 2013
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