Any lesser team would have conceded a few goals in the first half when Monaco were attacking with such ferocity. Juventus did look a little overwhelmed by the urgency of Monaco’s play but eventually, wrestled control of the match. They then started taking advantage of the Monaco’s weak defence to keep hitting them on the counter. Eventually, Mario Mandzukic gave them some much required breathing space before Dani Alves volleyed the match out of contention for Monaco.
Juventus vs Monaco, UEFA Champions League semi-final 2nd leg highlights:
0203 hrs IST: FULL TIME!! Juventus will travel to Cardiff to play the Champions League final June.
0155 hrs IST: Change for Juventus, Andrea Barzagli taken off for Medhi Benatia. There are just 5 minutes left for Juve to see through.
0148 hrs IST: As Monaco play with newfound vigour, Juventus proceed to slow the game down.
0143 hrs IST: Monaco nick a goal back through Kylian Mbappe. Monaco pressing Juventus now. Whether it pays any dividends or not remains to be seen.
0123 hrs IST: Change for Juventus Paulo Dybala is taken off for Juan Cuadrado. Dybala’s last action was to kick the ball high into the stands in frustration after it went out of play. Risked getting a Yellow card for that.
0115 hrs IST: Second half kicks off, the match started with Monaco needing 3 goals to win the match in regulation time. They now need 4 to win it any way. The question of extra time and penalties have been taken out of the equation.
0102 hrs IST: Half time!! That was almost the last kick of the ball in the first half and what a kick it was. Juventus have put the game well and truly out of Monaco’s reach now. They lead the principality side 4-0. The way Monaco started this match, a lesser side would have conceded at least two goals by now but Juventus have been almost perfect in every part of the field.
0057 hrs IST: GOAL!! Dani Alves crashes it in from distance. Monaco clear a Juventus corner and it comes to Alves who volleys it first time and finds the back of the net on spectacular fashion. Game over.
0051 hrs IST: Higuain gets two more chances to score, first time he is flagged offside but the second time, he takes a shot from an awkward angle and Subosic saves. Juventus are hounding Monaco on the counter.
0046 hrs IST: GOAL!! Mandzukic heads it in and it may already be game over. Juventus lead 1-0. A brilliant counter attacking move that started from Buffon’s throw, passed around into the Monaco area and finally Dani Alves crosses into the area. Mandzukic’s first shot is saved by Subosic he was powerless with the second.
0044 hrs IST: Jao Moutinho’s free-kick is cleared away but the ball is sent back in, Falcao collects, turns and takes a shot all in one fluid motion, Buffon saves. Falcao is also declared off side.
0041 hrs IST: Pjanic takes a shot after a one-two with Paulo Dybala, Raggi slides into intercept the shot. Repeated Juventus apporaches into the Monaco area now.
0038 hrs IST: Another big chance for Juve, Mandzukic was played in by Higuain. He takes the shot but the shot is saved brilliantly by Mandzukic’s Croatian team-mate Subosic.
0036 hrs IST: Oh what a chance! That would have been the end of it. Higuain found himself in space inside the area with only Subosic to beat. The Monaco goalkeeper did well to make himself big and was also helped by Higuain’s hesitation. In the end, he tries to reach it, Higuain awkwardly chips it past him, Glik comes in and kicks it away. It may have gone outside bu Glik takes no chances.
0034 hrs IST: Mendy lofts in a ball into the box looking for Falcao. It Buffon and Falcao was in position to turn it in but Chiellini cleared it away as he reached it before Falcao. Juventus seem to have wrestled back control of the match after the initial frantic start from Monaco.
0025 hrs IST: Change for Juventus as Sami Khedira limps off, Claudio Marchisio replaces him. It has been a sprightly start from Monaco who clearly are going all-out.
0015 hrs IST: Quick start from Monaco, they get a corner and Buffon loses sight of it for a moment. But the danger is not too great for Juve. Monaco are hounding more of the ball, as one would have expected.
0005 hrs IST: Team News:
Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Alves, Khedira, Pjanic, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain. Subs: Neto, Lichtsteiner, Benatia, Asamoah, Marchisio, Rincon, Cuadrado
Monaco: Subasic; Glik, Jemerson, Raggi; Dirar, Moutinho Bakayoko, Silva, Sidibé; Mbappé, Falcao Subs: De Sanctis, Fabinho, Mendy, Diallo, Lemar, Germain, Carrillo
2351 hrs IST: Welcome to the coverage of the second leg of the Champions League semi-final between Juventus and Monaco. One may argue that the tie has already been decided in the first leg, with Juventus scoring the two away goals and conceding none. But one will also have to consider the fact that Monaco have proven their mettle as one of the best attacking sides in the world.