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11/12/2013 14:28 GMT

Galatasaray 1-0 Juventus: Wesley Sneijder Sends Gala Through To Champions League Last 16 (PICTURES)

Wesley Sneijder's classy winner sent Galatasaray through to the last 16 of the Champions League, as Italian champions Juventus crashed out in the teams' replayed tie.

Less than 24 hours after the clubs' match was abandoned due to heavy snowfall, Sneijder settled the contest on a pitch that resembled the cabbage patches of 1970s English football.

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Sneijder celebrates his winner in the snow

Juve needed to avoid defeat at the Türk Telecom Arena to book second place in Group B and progression to the knockout stages. A Galatasaray victory would have seen Roberto Mancini's men safely through to the last 16 alongside pool winners Real Madrid.

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And it was former Internazionale forward Sneijder who hit the winner in the final 10 minutes. The Dutchman controlled Didier Drogba's knock-down and coolly slotted past Gianluigi Buffon.

It is the second time in four years Juventus have been evicted at the group stage, following their 2009 thumping at the hands of Bayern Munich in Turin.

For Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini, the win represents the first time he has guided a team to the knockout stage of the competition in six seasons, having failed twice with Manchester City.

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Stadium workers sweep the snow off the pitch

Snow and hail began to seriously affect play after about 20 minutes during Tuesday's tie, and the game was ultimately suspended in the 33rd minute following discussions between UEFA delegates, Pedro Proença's refereeing team and both sets of players.

Groundsmen attempted to clear snow from the lines marking the pitch but the weather showed no sign of abating and brought an early end to proceedings.