Juventus Ease Past Monaco Into Champions League Final

Juventus Ease Past Monaco Into Champions League Final

Juventus have qualified for this season’s UEFA Champions League final after defeating AS Monaco 2-1 in Turin in their second leg of their semi-final tie on Tuesday to go through 4-1 on aggregate.

First half goals from Mario Mandzukic and Dani Alves gave Juventus a 2-0 first half lead before Kylian Mbappe got a goal back for Monaco.


This will be Juventus’ ninth European Cup/Champions League final (1973, 1983, 1985, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2015) and their second in the last three seasons.

The last time Juventus knocked Monaco out in the semi-final of the Champions League was in the 1997/1998 season where they prevailed 6-4 on aggregate.

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They will now wait for the winner of the second semi-final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid which will be played on Wednesday at the Vicente Calderon.

Madrid hold a 3-0 first leg lead thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick at the Santiago Bernabeu last week Tuesday.

Monaco were in the front foot in the first 10 minutes of the game but didn’t create any clear cut chances as the Juventus defence held firm.

In the 11th minutes Juventus were forced into an early change as Sani Khedira went off injured and was replaced by Claudio Marchisio.

Juventus had the best chance on 23 minutes through Gonzalo Higuian who chipped Monaco keeper Danijel Subasic but Kamil Glik got back quickly to clear the ball away.

Three minutes later Mandzukic had a glorious chance to put Juve ahead after he was put through on goal by Higuain but Subasic made a one hand save to deny the Croatian.

Juventus had two quick chances in the 27th minute but Mandzukic headed narrowly wide while Miralem Pijanic saw his shot well blocked by Andrea Raggi.

Mandzukic eventually gave Juventus the lead on 33 minutes smashing into the roof of the net off a brilliant cross from Alves after his initial header was saved by Subasic.

Higuain almost doubled their lead in the 38th minute but his left -foot shot was saved by Subasic.

In the first half Georgio Chiellini made a well timed clearance from a dangerous low cross to deny Radamel Falcao from tapping into an empty net.

Paulo Dybala had a chance to double Juventus lead after being played through on goal only for Subasic to make a brilliant one on one save.

Juventus went 2-0 up in the 45th minute following a superb volley by Alves from 25-yard after Subasic had punched away a corner.

Juventus should have extended their lead in the 55th minute only for Jemerson to get back quickly to block Juan Cuadrado’s goal bound shot.

Kylian Mbappe went close to scoring for Monaco in the 67th minute only to be denied by by Gianluigi Buffon’s legs.

Mbappe finally got on the score sheet in the 69th minute finishing from close range off a low cross from the left.

In the 76th minute Fabinho hit a low shot from the edge of the Juventus which went wide.

Higuain had a chance to grab his second goal of the night on 87 minutes but could not direct his header from a right cross towards goal.

Juventus won a free-kick on the edge of Monaco’s box which Pjanic attempted to curl over the wall but it hit the defensive wall.

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