Istanbul: An 85th minute strike from Wesley Sneijder secured what will go down as a controversial 1-0 win for Galatasaray over Juventus and a place in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.
Galatasaray's second win in six games left them second in Group B on seven points, allowing the Turkish giants to join Real Madrid in the last 16 of the competition. Juventus finished third on six points, two more than FC Copenhagen, and drop into the Europa League.
The match resumed in the 32nd minute at the Ali Sami Yen stadium after officials called a halt to proceedings while the match stood scoreless on Tuesday due to heavy snowfall. Officials had managed to clear the pitch of snow for the remaining 59 minutes of the game, however snow continued to fall and several areas of the pitch were virtually unplayable.
Juventus coach Antonio Conte was clearly unhappy, especially as a large chunk of damaged pitch lay in Juventus's attacking end for the second half. He complained vociferously of the playing conditions to the match referee at half-time, but to no avail. It made for a farcical game of football, with many passes incompleted, overplayed and stuck in the mud as players tried to compensate for the poor conditions underfoot.
Juventus eventually grew into their stride and were by far the dominant team towards the end of the second period, however the chances they did create were only ever half-chances.