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Juventus 2-0 Celtic: Champions League Campaign Over For Bhoys (PICTURES)

07/03/2013 08:54 GMT | Updated 07/03/2013 08:56 GMT

Celtic's Champions League journey ended at the last-16 stage as expected with a 5-0 aggregate defeat by Juventus after goals from Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella separated the sides in rain-lashed Turin.

The Serie A leaders took what turned out to be an unassailable three-goal lead from the first leg into the game and any feint hopes of a Hoops comeback ended in the 24th minute when Matri opened the scoring from close range.

Quagliarella notched the second in the 65th minute as the spirited Parkhead men were again punished heavily for a lack of concentration.

However, in the final analysis, Celtic can only look at their European campaign in a positive light.

The Hoops won two qualifiers against HJK Helsinki and Helsingborg, before finishing second in Group G to Barcelona, whom they famously beat at Celtic Park, at the expense of Benfica and Spartak Moscow.

Lennon will have another crack at it next year and although they will have to negotiate three qualifiers, his players will be all the better for this season's continental experiences.

Juventus 2-0 Celtic