Highlights Champions League, AS Monaco vs Juventus: Gonzalo Higuan double puts Juventus in control

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Highlights Champions League, AS Monaco vs Juventus: Gonzalo Higuan double puts Juventus in control
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    FT: AS Monaco 0-2 Juventus

    A clinical performance from Juventus who virtually have one foot in the final in Cardiff. It was yet another clean sheet for the Old Lady in Europe. Monaco have been blowing away defenses this season, but on the day they found their match in Juventus. The two teams will face off once again on next Tuesday when Max Allegri's side would look to seal their passage through to the final in Cardiff. Gonzalo Higuain was the Man of the Match for his brace, but once again it was Juventus' tight defence that paved way for the win

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    3 minutes of stppage time indicated

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    85' Monaco 0-2 Juventus

    Monaco bossing possession or being allowed to do so by Juventus who are standing like a wall in front of their goal. The Monaco side who have been scoring for fun seem clueless for now. Maybe they need a bit of good fortune

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    80' Monaco 0-2 Juventus

    There is a bit of a lull in the game. The hosts look toothless at the moment and the two goals have really flattened them. Juventus are comfortable defending and seeing this game out

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    Juventus change: Juan Cuadrado ON Gonzalo Higuain OFF

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    75' Monaco 0-2 Juventus

    Monaco twice get the ball in promising areas in the Juventus box, but on both the occasions, the visiting defenders were able to smother the attack. Moutinho has made a decent impact since coming on, but nothing to show for it so far

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    70' Monaco 0-2 Juventus

    A couple of set-pieces for Monaco, but nothing comes off it. Monaco throwing bodies forward but Juventus are comfortable at the back. Monaco need some inspiration now and one of their talented players need to come up with the goods now. So far it's been a thoroughly professional performance from Juventus

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    Monaco substitutions: Joao Moutinho ON Bokoyako OFF,

                                        Germain ON Lemar OFF

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    65' Monaco 0-2 Juventus

    Monaco look a bit deflated now and Juventus are finding more joy on the break. The hosts need to be careful and not get completely out of the tie

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    60' Monaco 0-2 Juventus

    Anther brilliant move from Juventus and they have doubled their advantage. Once again Higuain with the goal and the visitors are firmly in control of the tie. Monaco now need to pick up themselves and get on the scoresheet to have any chance of qualifying. But the danger of a Juventus counter-attack will always be there

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    GOAL!! Monaco 0-2 Juventus 

    Gonzalo Higuain doubles Juventus' lead and once again it's Dani Alves with the assist. A beautiful cross from the right hand sid finished off by Higuain

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    Yellow Card for Marchisio

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    55' Monaco 0-1 Juventus

    Subasic comes up with a big save to prevent Juventus from doubling their lead. The pattern is set now as Juventus trying to hit Monaco on the break, allowing them to have all the possession. The home side though have struggled to create any chances of not. It's going to be a test of patience for this Monaco side today

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    50' Monaco 0-1 Juventus

    Good start from Monaco to the second half. Mbappe setting the tone with an early run at the heart of the Juventus defense. Moments later, Falcao has a shot on goal after an intricate passing move opens up the Juventus defense a bit. But the Monaco forward fires straight to Buffon. Monaco on the front foot, but it will be hard finding a way past this Juventus side

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    48' Monaco 0-1 Juventus

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    Second Half underway! Monaco 0-1 Juventus

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    Half time Stats! 

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    HT: Monaco 0-1 Juventus 

    A close half of football and Juventus who have been more decisive of the two teams perhaps deservedly go into the break with their noses in front. A well-taken goal fromGonzalo Higauain in the 29th minute is the difference between the two sides. Monaco have threatened in patches and Buffon twice denied Mbappe from close range, but apart from that the hosts have been kept at bay. Big second half coming up for Monaco who must go to Turin at least level-pegging

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    40' Monaco 0-1 Juventus 

    The goal has taken away the momentum in Monaco's play who are finding it hard to find spaces in a well-organised Juventus defense. The visitors are quite happy to sit back and invite Monaco onto them, but are not giving an inch away in their defensive third

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    Higuan may not have a great record in CL knockout matches, but his overall goal scoring record is commendable

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    35' Monaco 0-1 Juventus 

    Monaco eye a response and nearly manage to do so with a free-kick that's curled into the box between the space between goalkeeper and defenders, but no Monaco player managed to get the touch. Juventus have now settled into their defensive shape. They will now look to pick off Monaco on the counter

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    30' Monaco 0-1 Juventus 

    Massive goal for Juventus just before the half hour mark. Juventus who just rode the storm a while back conjure up a brilliant passing move, Dani Alves exposes the space between the Monaco reargaurd leaving Higuain enough room to get on the end of his pass and finish it clinically. Juventus have shown their European pedigree so far

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    Gonzalo Higuain gives the visitors the lead. Juventus conjure up a beautiful move oput of nothing as Higuain arrives in the box at the right place at the right time

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    25' Monaco 0-0 Juventus

    Juventus begin to breath again after a spell of real pressure from Monaco. Mbappe twisted and turned to earn Monaco a corner as the home side held siege around the Juevntus goal for a considerable amount of time. Juventus had a good chance from a set-piece to test the goalkeeper but the visitors fluffed the chance. Good game! 

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    25' Monaco 0-0 Juventus 

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    20' Monaco 0-0 Juventus

    Monaco just starting to find openings and once again Buffon with a crucial save at his near post after Mbappe tried to deflect a cross into the back of the net. Kamil Glik also misses a free header inside the box

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    15' Monaco 0-0 Juventus 

    Clear sights of goal for both teams. Dani Alves peels away from his marker to send a floating cross across the face of the goal, but it is too heavy for Higuain who is free in the center of the box. At the other end, Mbappe has a great chance to give Monaco the lead as he gets a free header inside the box which he hits straight to Buffon. The game opening up a bit

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    10' Monaco 0-0 Juventus

    Monaco enjoy a small spell in possession in Juventus territory that sees them win their first corner which Juventus clear fairly easily. The away side break through Dybala who gets in a dangerous area and sends a square pass to Mandzukic on the dge of the box, but the Croatian slip just at the vital time. Juventus seem to be the more season of the two teams

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    5' Monaco 0-0 Juventus 

    Good start from Juventus. Got hold off the ball straightaway and have looked to attack Monaco right from the outset. Any pre-match notions that Juventus are here for a draw have been quashed in the opning few minutes. Also it has prevented Monaco from coming out all guns blazing. Juventus taking the sting out of their hosts early on. 

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    KICK OFF! Monaco and Juventus get us underway in the first leg of the second semifinal. Juventus in their changed blue strip attacking from left to right

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    The Champions League anthem! Goosebumps!!!

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    Can Monaco and Falcao keep it going?

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    Thierry Henry is in the arena! This is where it all began for the legend. Are there few more in this Monaco team?

Monaco: Monaco have scored plenty of goals this season and boast one of European soccer's most exciting newcomers in striker Kylian Mbappe but that might not be enough to break down the defensive wall of Juventus in the Champions League semi-finals.

Mbappe, 18, has scored 18 goals in his last 18 competitive games, including three in the 6-3 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund in the last eight.

File photo of Kylian Mbappe and Paulo Dybala. AFP

File photo of Kylian Mbappe and Paulo Dybala. AFP

The pacy forward provides a symbol for the rise of a fine counter-attacking team featuring other dangerous players such as Colombian marksman Radamel Falcao.

It takes more than that, however, to impress Juventus, the tightest defence in Europe's top club competition with just two goals conceded in this campaign.

"Even Barcelona could not score in two games against them so it will be complicated for us", Monaco's Poland defender Kamil Glik said ahead of Wednesday first leg in the principality.

The Italian champions, who advanced to the last four with an aggregate 3-0 win over Barca, were held to a 2-2 draw at Atalanta in a rare defensive mix-up in Serie A on Friday.

Their pedigree and record for being impregnable when it matters, however, suggest Juventus should be regarded as the favourites.

"Monaco have technical and tactical qualities as well as talented young players," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

"They do not have the same history as Juventus but that does not mean it will be easy for us to make it to the final", he added.

While Allegri can rely on a fully-fit squad, his Monaco counterpart Leonardo Jardim, criticised for fielding a B-team in a 5-0 French Cup semi-final thrashing by Paris St Germain last week, has a defensive worry with midfield dynamo Tiemoue Bakayoko doubtful due to a broken nose.

Monaco have shone in Europe and at home this season and their domestic title hopes received a welcome boost when a nervous PSG side lost 3-1 at Nice on Sunday, leaving the club from the French Riviera three points clear at the top with a game in hand.

Juventus, meanwhile, are closing in on a record sixth straight Serie A title and can turn to their European history for inspiration, having won the showcase club competition twice, in 1985 and 1996.

Monaco, by contrast, reached the Champions League final only once, in 2004, losing 3-0 to a Porto side coached by Jose Mourinho after a great run featuring wins over Real Madrid and Chelsea.

The sides have faced each other twice before on the Champions League stage with Juventus winning both ties, in the 1998 semi-finals and the 2015 quarters.

Juventus have never been eliminated by a French team in 11 previous meetings in European club competitions.

(With inputs from Reuters)

Updated Date: May 04, 2017 02:22 AM

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