Juventus and PSG are victorious in opening UCL last-16 ties

Over in European football action, 

Juventus took a giant step towards reaching the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, following this morning's 3-0 thrashing of Celtic. 

In the 1st leg of their last-16 clash at Parkhead, Juve striker Alessandro Matri rocked the home side with a 3rd-minute goal. 

The Scottish champions did try to mount a comeback. 

But despite their best efforts, Celtic were hit by a sucker-punch in the 76th minute when midfielder Claudio Marchisio grabbed a 2nd on the counter attack. 

And striker Mirko Vucinich grabbed the 3rd goal in the 83rd minute for the visiting Italians. 

Meanwhile over in Spain, 

Valencia lost 2-1 to Paris St Germain at the Mestalla Stadium. 

Going into the 90th minute, the French league leaders appeared in cruise control thanks to first-half goals from Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore. 

But centre-back Adil Rami found the net in the final minute to keep Valencia's hopes alive in the tie. 

And even more bad news for the French club is the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the 2nd leg. 

The Swedish hitman will miss next month's return clash, after this morning's red card during injurytime, for reportedly stamping on an opposing player's foot.

Still on football, 

Inter Milan have been fined US$20,000 dollars. 

And that's after racist chants from their fans against AC Milan's, Mario Balotelli. 

The ex-Inter striker joined their local rivals from Manchester City last month. 

And just recently against Chievo, some of Milan's team's supporters chanted racial abuse against Balotelli, hence leading to the fine. 

Fellow Serie A club Napoli were also fined the same amount, after their supporters were deemed to have shone a laser pen at referee Daniele Orsato duing the recent match in 
Lazio.

Still on football, 

Nigeria's national team arrived back home yesterday, after winning the country's first Africa Cup of Nations trophy in nearly 2 decades. 

Hundreds of fans welcomed the team back at the airport in the capital of Abuja, before a ceremony later in the afternoon at the National Stadium. 

The Super Eagles also attended a reception that was hosted by President Goodluck Jonathan. 

A 1-0 win over Burkina Faso last Sunday, gave the football crazy nation, its first African championship title since 1994.