Men against Boys!!

After their 2-0 loss at home, Leonardo Jardim, Monaco’s manger, vowed to play his best team at Juventus Stadium and penetrate their unbreachable defense. And he delivered on his promise. Mbappe scored on the 69th minute, and Juventus conceded for the first time from open play in this Champions League season. However, it was far too late for comebacks. Juventus had already scored two goals in the first half, and by then the result was a foregone conclusion. Or so it seemed. Monaco fought for pride, and after that goal, even Allegri was forced to wipe the smile off his face, such was the ferocity of their attacks. And for a few moments, it looked as if Monaco might achieve the impossible. However, Juventus’ veteran defence stood firm, and the tie finshed 4-1 on aggregate.

Juventus started the game with a ceaseless assault on the Monaco goal. Subasic was called into action, and he performed brilliantly. However, the deadlock was finally broken in the 33rd minute. Dani Alves floated a cross into the box, and Mandzukic’s header was initially saved by Subasic. However, the rebound fell onto the striker’s feet, and this time, he made no mistake. There was another Dani Alves lobbed ball turned in by Higuan, but it was ruled offside. The second goal came just before half time, with Subasic’s attempted clearance from a corner finding Dani Alves, who swerved a sumptuous first-time volley into the Monaco net. Monaco did threaten a number of times, especially after their second half goal, but they did not have anything to show for it except the sole breakthrough.


Dani Alves, once again, was the star of the show. After providing two assists in the first leg, he chipped in with another in the second leg and also turned scorer with a brilliant goal. Chiellini also made a brilliant intervention to deny Falcao a sure goal. Both well over 30, age seems like just a number for the Juventus defence.

Juventus have booked a place in the Champions League Final at Cardiff, and will face either Atletico Madrid or Real Madrid, depending on the result of the 2nd leg of the second semi-final match. Real Madrid won 3-0 in the first leg, leaving Atletico with an uphill task. The match will take place on Thursday, 12:15 AM IST.


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