M. Mandžukić 33', Dani Alves 44', K. Mbappé 69'
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The first side to book a place at the Final in Cardiff is the old lady of Italy, Juventus. Dani Alves, the Brazilian architect, was once again fantastic with the ball. Alves provided the ball for Mandzukic to open the scoring at Juventus Stadium before he doubled the lead deep into the first half. Monaco did score tonight courtesy Kylian Mbappe, but it wasn’t enough. The 18-year-old sensation became the first place to score against Buffon from open field this Champions League campaign. It’s all over at Turin. Juventus are going ahead, but for Monaco, the dream is over.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 9, 2017
93 min: Raggi goes for the goal, gets the deflection. Corner for Juve.
91 min: Mandzukic gets a Yellow.
89 min: Pjanic's shot gets a deflection and goes wide. Corner for Juve.
88 min: Free-kick for Juve.
85 min: Juve substitution. Barzagli leaves the field only to be replaced by Medhi Benatia.
83 min: Corner for Juve.
81 min: Joao Moutinho's shot misses the goal.
78 min: Tiemoue Bakayoko is leaving the field to be replaced by Valere Germain.
72 min: Things get messy on the field. Bonucci gets a Yellow.
70 min: Corner for Monaco.
69 min: GOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
Mbappe scores for Juve. The 18-year old finally breaks through the wall.
68 min: Monaco corner. the visitors are pressing for a goal.
67 min: Mbappe with a great chance once again but Buffon with a brilliant save.
61 min: Silva with the cross but Falcao was unable to touch.
58 min: Free-kick for Juve.
56 min: Corner for Juve!
55 min: Cuadrado with an instant impact. His shot gets blocked.
54 min: Juve with the substitution. Cuadrado replaces Dybala.
51 min: Mendy gets the booking.
We are underway with the second-half.
Ref blows the half-time whistle. Job well done by Juve.
45 min: GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
Dani Alves with a stunning strike.
44 min: Dybala with the chance but Subašić does well to keep him floating. Corner for Juve.
42 min: Mendy with a great cross but Chiellini makes the clearence. Corner for Monaco.
40 min: Falcao gets the booking.
37 min: Higuain with a good first touch, goes for the goal but keeper does well to stop that.
36 min: Gonzalo Higuain is ruled offside
33 min: GGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
Mario Mandzukic scores on the counter. Juve are running and rolling for Cardiff. Dani Alves with the assist once again.
32 min: Corner again for Monaco.
32 min: Corner for Monaco.
31 min: Buffon with a stunning save but flag was raised.
29 min: Free-kick for the French side.
28 min: Raggi with a fantastic save. Corner for Juve.
27 min: Dani Alves with a great ball in but Mandzukic's header goes wide.
25 min: Subašić pull-off a stunning save to restrict Mandzukic from scoring.
22 min: Free-kick for Juve. Higuain with a great chance, flicks the ball but Kamil Glik clears the danger. Fantastic clearence.
19 min: Another exciting chance for Monaco. It's Monaco all-over.
16 min: Mbappe goes down. Free-kick for Monaco.
15 min: Dybala with a half-chance.
10 min: Claudio Marchisio has replaced Khedira sooner than he has expected.
10 min:Sami Khedira is down and injured. He may leave the field.
7 min: Falcao goes for the shot but just wide.
5 min: Mbappe with a brilliant ball but hits the goal-post. Fantastic start by Monaco.
1 min: Corner straightaway for Monaco. The visitors are eager to score early. Attacking start by Monaco.
We are underway at Juventus Stadium. Its Time for Cardiff.
5 minutes to Kick-off.
The official line-ups are here:
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 9, 2017
La compo ! #JUVASM
— AS MONACO 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) May 9, 2017
Juventus and Monaco are meeting for the 2nd time in the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final but after 19 years.
Juventus are 22 games unbeaten here at Juventus Stadium.
Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Pjanić, Khedira; Dani Alves, Dybala, Mandžukić; Higuaín.
Out: Pjaca (knee), Rugani (leg)
Monaco: Subašić; Mendy, Jemerson, Glik, Sidibé; Bernardo Silva, Fabinho, Bakayoko, Lemar; Mbappé, Falcao.
Out: Boschilia (knee)
Doubtful: Mendy (hamstring), Carrillo (groin), Touré (muscle)
Monaco have nothing to lose. They can play with freedom and create trouble because they have players with great talent, especially up front. We will have to play aggressively and try to win.
We have to play even better than we did in Monaco because we made a few mistakes there. The result of the first leg does not count for much because there are still 90 minutes between us and Cardiff.
We have to attack with our minds free of bad thoughts. In the first leg we had the same number of shots on goal as Juve but they were more clinical. Obviously they are more mature than we are but fundamentally we lost because we didn't make the most of our chances.
Tomorrow we want to keep our dream alive. Our objective is to reach the final and we'll have to be at our best. I'm very proud of my players and what they have done so far, regardless of Tuesday's result.
Monaco has never won against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage. Both sides have met twice in the competition before with Juve coming on top on both the occasions (1998 semi-finals and the 2015 quarters).
Juventus will be hosting Monaco tonight in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League tie. The Italians will head into this with two away goals advantage. Gonzalo Higuain’s brace guided Juve to a smooth victory over their French counterparts last week. But the most notable point of the evening at Monaco was Gigi Buffon, who restricted the veteran, Radamel Falcao and the much-talked 18-year old Kylian Mbappe from scoring.
Juve may be heading into this with an advantage, but Monaco will bounce back strongly. The response may be very attacking as the French side did against Manchester City. However, Juve will have to ratchet up the pressure and must ensure early chances into the game. Scoring early will be crucial, but Buffon hasn’t conceded a single for more than 600 minutes in this season’s Champions League.
Monaco are expecting a strong comeback, but they need to place their guns rightly. Can Monaco register a historic comeback against a vigorous and resilient Juve side? Predict your score-line below and stay tuned to watch all the live action.