The match was halted shortly after the half-hour mark, with the scoreline 0-0, as increasingly heavy snowfall made playing conditions nearly impossible.

The referee called the players off the pitch as efforts were made to clear the snow.

However after a 25-minute delay, UEFA announced the match had been abandoned.

A message on the official Twitter page of UEFA said: "The #UCL fixture between @GalatasaraySK & @juventusfc has been abandoned after a snow storm caused the pitch to become unplayable."

A message on the mico-blogging site by Juventus said: "#GalaJuve has been abandoned due to snow. We'll bring you news on the rescheduled fixture as soon as we have it."

Under competition regulations the remaining match time must either be played on Wednesday, or on another date set by UEFA. The match clock stopped at 31 minutes.

Juventus need a point from their final game in the group to secure their ticket to the last 16 knockout phase along with leaders Real Madrid.

Galatasaray require a win to pip Juventus to second place.

Bizarrely, it is the third time a match between the sides had to be postponed.

In 1998 when Italy refused to extradite the Kurdish separatist leader Abdullah Ocalan to Turkey, the match was delayed for a week, with Galatasaray eventually being held to a 1-1 draw in Istanbul.

In 2003, following terror attacks in Istanbul, Galatasaray hosted Juventus a week later than planned and won 2-0 in their group clash thanks to a brace from Hakan Sukur.