Juventus will have to wait until Wednesday afternoon to discover their Champions League destiny after this evening’s final Group B clash with Galatasaray was abandoned following 31 minutes of play due to snowfall in Istanbul. The kick-off time has been scheduled for 14.00 CET.
The hosts, who matched the Bianconeri’s 3-5-2 system from the outset, started the more positive of the two sides and, whilst failing to create any significant openings, passed the ball patiently in their attempts to force the visitors on the back foot.
One early passage of play saw Emmanuel Eboue go close to picking out the formidable physical presence of Didier Drogba lurking in the penalty area, but the returning Leonardo Bonucci read the situation to perfection and nicked the ball away from the Ivorian.
As the minutes ticked by, Antonio Conte’s men grew into the encounter and threatened to silence a boisterous home crowd on 16 minutes when Fernando Llorente showed magnificent control to fashion a shooting chance from Arturo Vidal’s deep cross, only to hook his effort inches wide of the post with Fernando Muslera left motionless.
Having watched a Selcuk Inan free-kick drift past the post, Juventus, now playing with an orange ball following the start of a heavy snowstorm, began to pick up the pace.
Giorgio Chiellini and Kwadwo Asamoah both threatened to break through enemy ranks via bustling runs into the penalty area, while a spirited Carlos Tevez run and blocked shot represented the last meaningful action of the evening.
With the lines on the pitch now obscured by a sheet of white, Portuguese official Pedro Proença spoke to both captains before leading the teams down the tunnel. Frantic attempts to clear the surface over a period of almost 40 minutes ultimately proved in vain, leaving both Juventus and Galatasaray to wait until tomorrow before hostilities are resumed.