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BBC Sport's Roddy Forsythe
"Amoruso blatantly dived under no pressure"
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Celtic boss Martin O'Neill
"I had no idea what the referee was thinking"
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Tuesday, 18 September, 2001, 21:35 GMT 22:35 UK
Penalty denies brave Celtic
Nicola Amoruso scores Juve's winner from the spot
Nicola Amoruso scores Juve's winner from the spot
Juventus 3-2 Celtic

Celtic were denied a stunning success by a controversial late penalty on their debut in the Champions League group stages.

Two goals from David Trezeguet appeared to have put Juventus on their way to victory in Turin.

But Celtic hit back through Stilian Petrov and Henrik Larsson after Edgar Davids had been sent off for the Italian league leaders.

But Joos Valgaeren was adjudged to have pulled down Nicola Amoruso two minutes from the end and the midfielder rose to slot the ball home from the spot.

Celtic manager Martin O'Neill was so upset he was sent to the stand.

He had gone into the game without the trickery of injured veteran Lubo Moravcik, but the strength of Petrov may have been preferred in any case.

Henrik Larsson equalises for Celtic
Henrik Larsson equalises for Celtic
Juve were without Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved through suspension, but had Davids back after his four-month drugs ban.

Alessandro del Pierro flashed three efforts just wide as Juventus threatened early on.

Celtic almost broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute and would have but for the heroics of Gianluigi Buffon.

Chris Sutton's header looked destined for the goal, but the Italian goalkeeper somehow saved the ball behind him.

Bobo Balde then had to kick clear almost on the Celtic goal line after a corner found the head of Montero after goalkeeper Robert Douglas missed the ball completely.

Juventus took the lead just two minutes before the break when Salas pulled the ball back from the byline for Trezeguet to tap into the empty net.

Celtic should have equalised five minutes after the break when Alan Thompson's cross found Didier Agathe at the back post.

The Frenchman rode a defender's challenge but blazed over with only Buffon to beat.

Juventus doubled their lead four minutes later.

Neil Lennon is upended by Edgar Davids
Neil Lennon is upended by Edgar Davids
Del Piero twisted and turned before sending in an inviting cross that Trezeguet headed past the despairing dive of Douglas.

Celtic were back in the game after 67 minutes from a free- kick 22 yards out.

Larsson pushed the ball into the path of Petrov and the Bulgarian's low drive took a deflection past Buffon.

Davids was lucky not to have been sent off by the time he eventually received his second yellow card after 74 minutes for a foul on Larsson.

Celtic applied the pressure and, when Sutton was pulled down in the box, Larsson stepped up to slot the ball into the corner.

It looked like Celtic might go on to record a historic win when Amoruso fell to the deck under a challenge from Valgaeren to win the crucial penalty.

Buffon saved on the line from Sutton in the dying seconds to break Celtic hearts.


Juventus: Buffon, Montero, Thuram, Pessotto, Iuliano, Zenoni, Tacchinardi, Davids, Salas, Trezeguet, Del Piero. Subs: Carini, Ferrara, Paramatti, O'Neill, Birindelli, Maresca, Amoruso.

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

Referee: H Krug.

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