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banner Wednesday, 31 October, 2001, 21:39 GMT
Celtic bow out in style
Chris Sutton heads Celtic into a 2-1 lead
Chris Sutton heads Celtic into a 2-1 lead
Celtic 4-3 Juventus

Two spectacular strikes from Chris Sutton and a virtuoso performance from veteran Lubo Moravcik inspired Celtic to an heroic exit from the Champions League.

A superbly exciting victory over Italian giants Juventus was not enough to prevent the Scots missing out on qualification after their first venture in the competition's group stages.

But it will give manager Martin O'Neill even greater heart for the campaign to follow after their third place in Group E ensured Celtic a place in the Uefa Cup draw.

Juve took the lead through Alessandro del Piero before Joos Valgaeren and Sutton put Celtic ahead for the first time.

Substitute David Trezeguet equalised after the break then Henrik Larsson's penalty and a beautiful volley from Sutton put Celtic in the driving seat before the Frenchman pulled one back for the Italians.

O'Neill had gone for broke, answering Moravcik's heartfelt plea to be given his first Champions League start.

Joos Valgaeren congratulated by Chris Sutton
Joos Valgaeren congratulated by Chris Sutton
The strength of Stilian Petrov was sacrificed in midfield and the Bulgaria captain was on the bench.

Juve had already qualified and coach Marcello Lippi took the opportunity to rest several of his top names.

He was also forced to make a substitution before kick off when Edgar Davids pulled up injured during the warm-up and was replaced by Alessandro Tacchinardi.

Moravcik showed his potential threat by forcing goalkeeper Fabian Carini to turn a low, 20-yard drive round the post.

But it was Juve who took the lead after 19 minutes.

Del Piero sent a bending and dipping free kick into the far top corner of the net from 25 yards.

Moravcik missed a great chance after Sutton's pass left him one-on-one with Carini, but the Slovak made up for it when he delivered the cross for Celtic's 24th-minute equaliser.

Belgian international defender Valgaeren had drifted forward to power his header home from 12 yards.

Moravcik was again the provider as Larsson somehow managed to head wide from six yards.

Joos Valgaeren equalised for Celtic
Joos Valgaeren equalised for Celtic
Celtic eventually got the second when the ball thundered past Carini off the head of Sutton from Moravcik's corner on the stroke of half time.

Trezeguet came on for Del Piero for the second half and made an immediate impact.

He had already had one netbound effort ruled out for offside when he latched on to Nicola Amoruso's pass to drive the ball home from the edge of the box after 50 minutes.

Celtic fought back once more and Mark Iuliano was pulled up by referee Gilles Veissiere for manhandling Sutton at a corner.

Larsson sent Carini the wrong way from the resultant, 56th-minute spot kick.

Sutton drove home superbly from 16 yards eight minutes later after he connected with a deflected Moravcik free kick.

Trezeguet pounced on a deflection in the other box to force the ball home.

But Celtic were not to be denied the victory after the final 13 minutes, only for Porto's 1-0 victory over Rosenborg Trondheim to ensure the Portuguese side's qualification behind Juve.

Celtic: Douglas, Balde, Mjallby, Valgaeren, Agathe, Lennon, Lambert, Moravcik, Petta, Larsson, Sutton. Subs: Kharine, Sylla, McNamara, Thompson, Hartson, Tebily, Petrov.

Juventus: Carini, Iuliano, Ferrara, Zenoni, Paramatti, Birindelli, Nedved, Maresca, Davids, Del Piero, Amoruso. Subs: Buffon, Pessotto, Trezeguet, Tacchinardi, Frara, Piccolo, Luca Rondinella.

Referee: Giles Veissiere (France).

BBC Sport's Roddy Forsyth reports
"Celtic will go into the Uefa Cup draw"
Celtic manager Martin O'Neill
"It was a great game of football"
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