Juventus ease past Monaco to reach Champions League final

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TURIN- Juventus progressed to the Champions League final in Cardiff this June after defeating Monaco 4-1 on aggregate.

Higuain’s brace last week gave Juventus a 2-0 lead going into the game. Meaning Monaco needed two goals for extra time and three goals to progress.

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Picture: Max Rossi / Reuters.

The French league leaders started off the game well with a some chances on net. Mbappe hit the post but was offside.

Sami Khedira was replaced early in the game after hurting his hamstring.

Mandzukic was looking very threatening in the opening stages of the game with three good chances but all were taken care of by Subasic.

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Picture: Max Rossi / Reuters.

Juventus put themselves in an even better position in the 33rd minute when Mario Mandzukic got on the end of Alves’ cross to make it 1-0 for the Italians.

Juventus kept looking likely to double their lead when Higuain scored but was ruled offside.

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Picture: Antonio Calanni / AP.

Dani Alves put the semi final to bed when he made it 2-0 just a minute before halftime. Subasic punched the ball out which fell right to the feet of Alves and the Brazilian volleyed it into the bottom right corner.

The Old Lady went into the break leading 2-0 and 4-0 on aggregate.

Paulo Dybala who was rather quiet on the night, was replaced by Cuadrado in the 53rd minute to make sure he will be fit for the final after contributing tons in Juve’s run to the final.

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Picture: Stuart Franklin / Getty Images.

Mbappe gave Monaco fans something to cheer about when he tapped in Moutinho’s cross to cut the score down to 2-1 and 4-1 on aggregate.

After scoring, Monaco looked like they were revitalized and kept pressuring Juventus to try get back into the game.

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Picture: Max Rossi / Reuters.

Controversy began when Monaco defender Glik stomped on Higuain, which wasn’t seen by the referee.

Tempers began to spike up after the stomp, with tackles flying in everywhere. Higuain was not happy with Glik’s challenge on him.

Some late pressure from Monaco was not enough to get back into the game and Juventus sealed a 2-1 win.

Juventus will play either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid in Cardiff on June 3.

Line-ups:

Juventus: (4-2-3-1) Buffon; Barzagli, Chiellini, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic; Alves, Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain.

Monaco: (4-2-3-1) Subasic; Raggi, Glik, Jemerson, Mendy; Moutinho, Bakayoko; Sidibe, Bernardo Silva, Mbappe; Falcao.

Used Subs: 

Juventus: Marchisio 10′, Cuadrado 54′, Benatia 85′.

Monaco: Fabinho 55′, Lemar 69′, Germain 78′.

 

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