Conte and Mancini both agree tie should have been postponed again

Champions League

Galatasaray beat Juventus 1-0 on Wednesday to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League

On Tuesday night Galatasaray and Juventus only managed to play out 31 minutes of their Champions League tie due to heavy snowfall. The game was called off and rearranged for Wednesday lunchtime.

Therefore the Galatasaray ground staff had just over 12 hours to get the pitch sorted for the 13:00 BST kick-off. They managed to remove the majority of the snow but in doing so they managed to mess up the pitch and make it extremely muddy.

The vehicles they had used to move the snow had obviously not been the correct ones, and the once pristine Turk Telekom Arena pitch was now ruined and covered in tyre marks. 

The game went ahead however and Galatasary got the solitary goal via Wesley Sneijder in the 85th minute. The Dutchman's goal too the Turkish side through to the last 16, and knocked out Juventus. Juve' manager Antonio Conte condemned the pitch and described the match as a "football brawl".

Didier Drogba said that it was the same conditions for both teams, but Conte disagreed saying it was not, as his side were trying to play football.

Despite Conte trying to have the game called off at half time, the referee was insistent in playing on. Even Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini agreed the game should not have gone ahead. The former Manchester City manager told Sky Sport Italia "It was difficult to play football in these circumstances and I said beforehand it was dangerous for the players, so perhaps better not to play."

"At half-time it was already too late. Juve wanted to play before the game, or at least they didn't say anything. I agree with Conte, it was impossible to play football for either side. It became a lottery."

Juventus will be hugely disappointed with the farce in Turkey and will now have to settle for a Europa League place.

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