Juventus 2-1 Monaco: match report
What was supposed to be a showdown of two young talents in Paulo Dybala and Kylian Mbappe turned into the Dani Alves show as he assisted one and scored another to go with his other two assist from the first leg.
Juventus are through to the final after what was a comprehensive victory over a gutsy Monaco side, who knew what they had gotten themselves into when they lost the first leg 2-0.
They had the far better start and nearly had a goal inside the opening few minutes but Mbappe had strayed offside and the ball rebounded off the post. It wouldn't be long until Juventus got to grips with their dynamic attack and started to slow the game down to their pace in the middle and speed it all the way up in attack with Dani Alves adding the 'oomph' from the right hand side.
He clipped a ball to Mandzukic at the back post after 33 minutes when Juventus had been in control for the best part of 15 minutes. Mandzukic had a couple of chances prior to Alves' cross but he couldn't send them home. On this occasion, however, Subasic parried the first header and the Croatian made it 1-0 as he slotted home.
Monaco were struggling but they still needed to score a couple of goals and getting just one might kicksstart that. When Dani Alves got on the end of a punched clearance and volleyed home, it meant the visitors had to score four in order to advance and given Juventus' stingy record in defense heading into the game, they were never going to let that happen.
They conceded one late on through Kylian Mbappe when he poked home a Joao Moutinho pass from the endline, but it was merely a consolation. The game threatened to get unsavoury when Kamil Glik stepped on Higuain and the Argentine would not let it go for the rest of the game.
It was all nonsense though and both players knew it because Juventus had a final to look forward to and Glik knew his arguing was nothing but frustration stemming from the defeat.
We now know one of the Champions League finalists and will have to wait util Wednesday night to see who will be boarding a flight in three weeks time to Cardiff to meet them.
Juventus 2-1 Monaco live stream: second half
FT: Referee blows his whistle and Juventus will play in the Champions League final for the second time in three years.
Min 90+1 | Mandzukic with a very silly yellow card. Game is in the bag and he gets a booking for mouthing off.
Min 90 | Dangerous ball across the box by Higuain as he connects with Cuadrado. Monaco clear. Mandzukic and Glik going at it now. The Pole has made a fair few enemies tonight.
Min 89 | Pjanic with a free-kick after Dani Alves is fouled. It catches the top of the wall and goes out for a corner.
Min 86 | Juve looking for a late third but Higuain can only direct the header back towards goal. Monaco pick it up.
Juventus substitution: Barzagli is replaced by Benatia.
Min 84 | Mbappe giving Barzagli a stretch now as he is down with a cramp.
Min 83 | Glik kicking at Higuain, who does a really good job of holding of the defender. He gets a free.
Min 81 | No, that's not going to cut it. Moutinho has a shot from way out and it's always rising. Buffon under no pressure from that effort.
Min 80 | Higuain has an effort that's half bicycle kick, half mis-kick. He was offside in any case.
Min 78 | Germain replaces Bakayoko. Higuain is not letting the stamp go. He gets a talking to by the ref. And now Alex Sandro and Raggi are having a bit of a go at each other. Raggi wanted a free and lets the referee know about it.
Min 76 | Fabinho goes down now under a light tackle from Pjanic. He gets up and has a shot after a half clearance by Bonucci. It goes well wide though. Mandzukic down now holding his head after what looked like an elbow from Raggi.
Min 73 | Higuain is not happy. I am not inside the mind of Glik but it looks like he meant that. He gritted his teeth before he puts his studs down on the Argentine's thigh.
Min 71 | Higuain down and grabbing his knee, it looks like. It's kicking off now. Bonucci having to be pulled away from Falcao. Up the other end and Mandzukic sends Fabinho to the ground. He might have a penalty here? Unclear as to what happened. Higuain, it turns out, was Glik standing on him. He's up again. Bonucci booked for the aftermath.
Min 70 | Monaco with a new lease on life as Lemar wins a corner. They really want to make this one respectable and maybe there is a hint of belief.
Min 69 | GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! Mbappe finished. Moutinho runs it all the way into the box and pops it to the French striker. He finished to an empty net after Buffon had gone out to close down Moutinho.
Min 67 | Beginning to think it is impossible to score on Juventus. Buffon saves from Mbappe again. Corner.
Min 65 | Thomas Lemar ready to come in now as Monaco's second sub.
Min 63 | A nice gesture. The referee gives a corner after Mandzukiv puts it out with his shoulder. The Croatian admits it hit him last and the referee awards a goalkick.
Min 61 | Bernardo Silva gets a cross in but it's too far for Falcao. Monaco struggling not to even get anything in the box. Juventus dominating in every aspect. The French side looked tired.
Min 60 | Higuain bites off more than he can chew as he kicks the ball too far ahead of himself and Glik recovers. He keeps the pressure on and fouls the defender though. Looked like a fair shoulder on shoulder with Glik initiating.
Min 58 | Pjanic whips a free in but it makes it all the way to Subasic.
Min 56 | Cuadrado involed again but Higuain misreads his pullback and Monaco clear. Juventus stadium is rocking.
Min 55 | Reall early action for Cuadrado. He gets played through and strikes but it is blocked out for a corner.
Monaco substitution: Fabinho replaces Benjamin Mendy.
Juventus substitution: Dybala goes off to the cheers of the crowd. Cuadrado comes on to replace him.
Min 53 | Juventus looking for more. But the ball bounces out of play as Dybala waits for it to land.
Min 51 | Yellow card now for Mendy as Pjanic looks to swing it in. Subasic punches it clear.
Min 50 | Moutinho has a shot from outside the box. It goes well wide.
Min 48 | Sidibe looks for Falcao with a cross. Lovely looking ball but it's always travelling away from the striker. He can't reach it and it makes it's way all the way to the other side of the box. Ends with Bakayoko fouling Dybala.
Min 46 | We are back underway!
Juventus 2-0 Monaco live stream: first half talking points
Is this one finished as a contest? It was a really lively start by Monaco and they are showing their credentials as a serious attacking threat. Putting Juventus under that type of pressure is unheard of unless you're Barcelona. They still only have two shots though and both of them were off target.
The story of this tie is not Kylian Mbappé or Paulo Dybala. It is that of a 34-year-old free transfer. Dani Alves has ben phenomenal and has assisted in three goals and scored one. He has been directly involved in all four goals in the tie.
Juventus 2-0 Monaco live stream online: first half
HT: That's it from the first half from Turin. Really good game despite the fact that Juventus are running away with it. Dani Alves has bene unbelievable.
Min 45 | GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! Dani Alves. From the corner, Subasic's punch makes it to Dani Alves and he buries the volley to the back of the net. What a goal.
Min 44 | It's highly unlikely that they will make them pay but Dybala with another one-on-one that he can't put away. Alves puts him through again.
Min 43 | Almost immediately after, Moutinho puts Mbappe through and he rifles one just wide.
Min 42 | So close as Mendy whips a low cross into the box. Mbappe comes close as foes Falcao but Chiellini gets it away. That was really close.
Min 40 | Falcao booked for a foul on Chiellini. He actually looked to have slipped but he accepts his booking.
Min 39 | Dani Alves raiding again. Dybala gets him the ball out wide and he tries to cross but Monaco get it away.
Min 38 | Higuain in around the back again. He strikes across Subasic but he gets down well to save again.
Min 36 | For the record, Monaco have to push men forward. They are in a dire situation but Juve could make this any score.
Min 35 | Monaco looking to respond but they are committing too many men forward. Higuain has it in the back of the net but he was inches offside. Nice finish by him too. The Argentine doesn't think he was in an offside position.
Min 33 | GOAL! Mandzukic at the second time of asking! He gets a header on a Dani Alves cross and Subasic saves but only parries it to the striker. He sends it home with the inside of his left foot and that could be the end of the game!
Min 32 | Bakayoko fouled and they take it quick. Another cross and another corner. Monaco turning the heat up.
Min 31 | Moutinho with a lethal ball in. Mbappe nearly gets to it but Juve half clear. Another ball comes in and Falcao has a shot that forces a save from Buffon. But he was offside!
Min 30 | Sidibe taken down by Chiellini. Free to Monaco out on the right.
Min 28 | Pjanic through this time. But again, Monaco with the last gasp effort to stop it. This time it's Raggi and he is not happy with how easily Juventus are waltzing through midfield. He lets them know about it too.
Min 27 | Alves whips one in. Mandzukic again with the head but he can't get it on target.
Min 25 | Chiellini puts it inside to Higuain. He plays Mandzukic through and Subasic makes a world class save to get down with his left hand. The Croatian striker can't believe it as he looks to see if Monaco were cheating with a second goalkeeper.
Min 22 | Long ball is taken down by Dybala. He turns and slips but Higuain is there to pick up where he left off. He takes it by Monaco's last man and is one-on-one with Subasic. He tries to chip him but the effort is really poor. Glik clears. That coud have put this one to an end after 22 minutes.
Min 21 | Monaco with a chance to break but a poor pass by Moutinho puts that to an end. He knows himself too as he throws his hands in the air.
Min 19 | Another really dangerous ball in behind but Chiellini clears again. Monaco really testing Juve's resistence.
Min 18 | Cross comes in from the left and Chiellini gets it away but Falcao was lurking just behind him and waiting to pounce.
Min 15 | Barzagli with a bit of a kick at Mbappe as he goes past him. Then Alves comes in to finish the job with a sliding tackle. He gets the ball but Mbappe stays down. Alves helps him up and everything back to normal. Nice turn and burst by the youngster.
Min 14 | Monaco incapable of building anything since those opening couple of minutes. Jemerson the latest with a ball over the top to nobody.
Min 12 | Ball over the top onto the head of Mandzukic. He touches it down to Higuain but it's too far away from him and Monaco clear and counter.
Min 11 | After a hectic start, Juventus starting to take some control of this one.
Juventus substitution: Khedira is replaced by Claudio Marchisio.
Min 9 | Khedira down and holding his hamstring. Very early change for Juventus as Marchisio puts his boots on.
Min 8 | Khedira with a foray into Juventus' territory. His through ball to Mandzukic leaves the Croatian with too much to do though.
Min 7 | Glik wins a free as Monaco keep up the pressure. Falcao has a crack from distance that flies over the bar. Never troubling Buffon.
Min 5 | SO SO SO CLOSE! A shot by Moutinho is blocked and deflected into the air by Chiellini. Mbappe makes it to it first and clips it off the post as it rolls across the goal. So close to the opener! Buffon in no-man's land. But he was offside. Still nervous couple of seconds for Juventus.
Min 4 | Monaco pushing again. Mbappe into Mendy and he makes his way into the box. Claustrophobic in the Juve penalty area.
Min 2 | Monaco take the corner short. Moutinho swings it in eventually though and Buffon flaps at it, punching Falcao in the head and not getting the ball. Goal-kick.
Min 1 | Good start by Monaco, Moutinho connects with Mbappe and he wins a corner.
Min 1 | We have one change before we kick-off. Dirar injured himself in the warm-up and is replaced by Mendy. We are underway!
Juventus vs Monaco live online: team news
Juventus starting line-up
Buffon, Alves, Chiellini, Bonucci, Barzagli, Sandro, Pjanic, Khedira, Dybala, Mandzukic, Higuain.
Monaco starting line-up
Subasic, MENDY (replaced Dirar after injury in the warm-up), Jemerson, Glik, Sidibe, Raggi, Bakayoko, Silva, Moutinho, Mbappe, Falcao
Juventus vs Monaco live stream online: latest news
20:39 | Just minutes away now. Juventus' club song is a bit of a tune, it has to be said. Very modern.
20:34 | As a research project here in AS headquarters, we jumped into the number one hit singles for Gianluigi Buffon and Kylian Mbappe. For Buffon, it's a Wings' Mull of Kintyre and for Mbappé it's a song by B*witched.
20:32 | And it's also a time for a timely reminder that Falcao could have been a professional baseball player!
20:20 | Radamel Falcao is loving his return to form. He has 28 goals in 40 games this season. He was seen as a complete and utter bust after his failed moves to both Manchester United Chelsea. Leonardo Jardim and AS Monaco have revitalised his entire career though.
20:17 | Want to know how good Mbappe is and how strong Juventus' defense is? The first leg was the first time he started a game in the competition and did not score!
20:14 | All the team news for tonight's clash is here.
20:05 | The only change for Juventus and Allegri is the return of Sami Khedira, who was suspended for the first leg but played a full 90 minutes against Torino at the weekend to ensure he did not get too rusty. Dybala, Mandzukic and Higuain are the three attackers but we expect to see the big Croatian in a more defensive striker's role and Dybale more central and playing as a number 10 to Higuain.
19:57 | Thomas Lemar was criticised for his performance against Juventus the last day and was substituted after 66 minutes. Bakayoko was criticised too and suffered the same fate but he keeps his place and it is his midfield partner, Fabinho who is dropped for Andrea Raggi.
19:41 | Just waiting for team news to come in now. It will be interesting to see if Allegri makes many changes from the first leg. He rested plenty of players during the team's 1-1 draw with torino at the weekend including Buffon, Alves, Sandro and Chiellini.
19:24 | Allegri is keen not to gte caught out by AS Monaco and a nothing to lose attitude. "Tomorrow we’ll be going after a positive result that gets us in the final. Monaco will be up for playing an open game and will approach the fixture in a carefree fashion," he said prior to tonight's game.
19:21 | Gonzalo Higuain's two goals were more than in his previous 24 Champions League knockout games. His five goals this season in the competition make it his best to date!
19:15 | The last time Juventus were knocked out of the Champions League was by Manchester United in 1999.
19:02 | Bjorn Kuipers, tonight's referee, has whistled five Juventus games in his career and the Old Lady did not win any of those contests. Admittedly, four of them were draws but they suffered one memorable defeat, to Fulham (4-1), in the 2009-10 Europa League.
18:58 | Juventus, along with Real Madrid, are the only two teams who are unbeaten in the Champions League this season. Juve have won eight and drawn three. So, Monaco will need to do something special. According to ESPN's FiveThirtyEight, Juventus have a 97% chance of making the final.
18:48 | Your referee for tonight is Björn Kuipers. He is the referee who was in charge for Luis Suarez' first biting incident when PSV played Ajax but he missed it! He has been put in charge of two Juventus games this season in the Champions League and they drew both. One against Lyon and the other against Barcelona in the quarter-final second leg.
18:44 | And regarding Mbappe's future, there are plenty of people who believe he can go wherever he wants next year.
18:32 | Prior to the first leg, we threw togethr this photo gallery of some of the statistics involving the four teams we have left in the Champions League this season.
18:26 | AS Monaco are money-making machines. They have managed to make it this far and also to the very cusp of lifting a Ligue 1 title in 17 years while selling some of their biggest names. Here are some of the players they have made huge profit on.
18:21 | It goes without saying that gonzal Higuain has shaken off question marks after his two goal haul last week. He wasn't heavily involved throughout but was instrumental in giving Juventus a little bit of breathing space tonight.
18:17 | Juventus have made it to the final in five of the last six semi-finals that they have played in. The last final they played in, however, they were beaten by Barcelona.
18:01 | He has scored 24 goals in 40 games this season but his greatest achievement to date will be scoring even one against this Juventus defense. They have conceded just two goals in their 11 Champions League game this season and are incredibly stingy with a grizzled and experienced back three. If Mbappe can score against them, he can score against anyone!
17:55 | Mbappe will be front and center of transfer speculation this summer but Giuly, the club's representative at the Champions League draw said that The 19-year-old French striker would stay at the club for another summer. Mbappe was a little more ambigious when discussing his future though. He says he has two months in the summer to decide on his future. There is not a big name club that has not been mentioned alongside his name.
17:53 | Not a single solitary team has overturned a 2-0 home defeat in the Champions League knockout stages. 14 have tried and 14 have failed. Will Monaco make that 15 tonight? To their credit, if there is a team that can do it, they might have one of the best chance!
17:40 | The last time Juventus hosted Monaco - in the 2014/15 quarter-finals - the Italians ran out 1-0 winners on the night, Chilean Arturo Vidal netting from the penalty spot.
17:00 | Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos also had a chinwag with the press ahead of tomorrow's second semi-final, raising chuckles by declaring: "Anyone would think we were raised in Beverly Hills."
16:20 | There's more Champions League action tomorrow, of course, and Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has been talking to the media ahead of his side's semi-final second leg at city rivals Atlético Madrid.
15:30 | Monaco striker Radamel Falcao has been enjoying the Ligue 1 side's excellent season. The principality club could do with the Colombian adding to his five Champions League goals in seven appearances this evening.
14:30 | Just over six hours to go until kick-off in Turin - here's a reminder of how and where to watch Juventus vs Monaco.
13:30 | Monaco need at least three goals to have any hope of knocking out Juve without recourse to penalties...but they'll take some heart from the fact that their 3-0 win at Nancy this weekend was the 27th time they've scored thrice this season.
12:30 | Gonzalo Higuaín went some way towards answering his critics in the first leg, scoring both of Juve's goals to put the 2014-15 runners-up in the driving seat. Will the Argentina forward fire the Old Lady into the final tonight?
11:50 | Veteran Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon will go up against Kylian Mbappé again this evening, a player 21 years his junior. In the last game, Buffon swapped shirts with the Monaco whippersnapper and explained why he had done so: "When I was young nobody wanted to do that with me and I hated it."
11:20 | Monaco have it all to do this evening against a Juventus side that has conceded just two goals in total in this season's Champions League. Those came in the group stage - Sevilla and Lyon breached the Italian side's formidable back four - and in order to have a chance Monaco will need to hit the same number in a single game with the Ligue 1 side having failed to score against Allegri's team in the last three meetings between the clubs (0-2, 0-0, 1-0).
10:52 | Monaco coach Jardim is certainly not giving up hope just yet and knows that an opening goal for the visitors will heighten nerves on and around the Juventus Stadium turf: "We will have to attack with our minds free of bad thoughts," he proposed, before quickly getting an image of Marine Le Pen out of his head.
10:31 | We're likely to see ex-Real Madrid player Sami Khedira return to the Juventus midfield after he sat out last week's win due to suspension. A bit harsh maybe on Claudio Marchisio who played well in his place but that's life at the top level.
10:08 | If the French league's champions-elect are to do what no team has done before (and turn around a two-goal deficit in the semi-final) then many think it'll be Mbappé or Falcao that will provide the magic. Keep an eye, though, on Tiemoué Bakayoko who was rested at the weekend and will want to prove his worth after a disappointing performance in the first leg.
09:44 | With the Serie A title all but in the bag, Allegri was able to rest most of his first team for the home derby against Torino at the weekend. They did drop two points in the 1-1 draw but that shouldn't matter too much.
09:25 | As is now customary, we've pulled together a little guide for our worldwide audience so that wherever you are, you can ensure you know when the game kicks off and the options available for experiencing it.
08:45 | With 12 hours till kick-off we're already getting our build-up in gear. That's how much we're looking forward to the semi-final second leg. As a Madrid-based bunch, what are we going to be like tomorrow?!
Juventus vs Monaco live online stream: match preview
Juventus are huge favourites to book their ticket to Cardiff after a Gonzalo Higuaín brace handed the Italians a 2-0 triumph in last week's first leg in Monaco.
Indeed, only two teams have gone on to win a two-legged tie in the tournament following a home loss in the opener - and it's never been done from two goals down.
History is certainly on the side of two-time European Cup winners Juventus, who are out to qualify for a second Champions League final in three years.
The Vecchia Signora, who remain on course for a sixth straight Serie A title despite being held 1-1 by Torino on Saturday, have won all 11 of their knockout ties against Ligue 1 teams.
What's more, that sequence includes two previous Champions League duels with Tuesday's opponents: in the 1997/98 semi-finals and in the 2014/15 quarter-finals.
Despite heading into the return with a two-goal advantage - having conceded just one at home in Europe all season - Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri was wary of the attacking threat of a free-scoring Monaco spearheaded by Radamel Falcao and teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé.
"Monaco have nothing to lose," he said. "They can play with freedom and create trouble because they have players with great talent, especially up front."
Monaco kept themselves on track for a first French championship since 2000 at the weekend with a 3-0 victory at Nancy, but face an uphill battle to stay alive in Europe.
The Principality outfit, who in 2004 were Ligue 1's most recent representatives in the final of Europe's premier club competition, have never won in Italy.
And not only do they need to break that hoodoo, they also have to end Juve's 22-game unbeaten European run at home - a streak that stretches back to 2013.
With Monaco requiring at least two goals to have any hope in Turin, boss Leonardo Jardim said his side must be less profligate than at the Stade Louis II.
"In the first leg we had the same number of shots on goal as Juve but they were more clinical," he explained. "Fundamentally we lost because we didn't make the most of our chances."
Juventus vs Monaco live online: possible line-ups
Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Pjanicj, Khedira, D. Alves, Dybala, Mandzukic, Higuaín
Coach: Massimiliano Allegri
Monaco: Subasic, Mendy, Jemerson, Glik, Sidibé, B. Silva, Fabinho, Bakayoko, Lemar, Mbappé, Falcao
Coach: Leonardo Jardim
Juventus vs Monaco: live online betting odds
The bookies certainly don't seem to fancy Monaco's chances of pulling off a historic comeback in Italy, with Juventus priced at just over evens to go through, and the men from Ligue 1 sitting at 13/1 to qualify for the final.