Italian giants Juventus grabbed a valuable 2-0 win in the principality of Monaco to gain a huge advantage to proceed to the final of this seasons Champions League in Cardiff.
Juventus started by far the brighter of the two teams, holding onto the ball well. Monaco kept having their attacks broken down very quickly and struggled to cause Juventus any problems.
Dani Alves was a constant menace for Monaco far out on the right hand side as Allegri opted for a 3-4-3 with Alves and Sandro as wingbacks. The former Barcelona man would find plenty of space down the right flank.
Gonzalo Higuaín began the half poorly. First he managed to slip whilst in a great position on the edge of the box. He then saw an excellent cross from Alves fly over his head. Replays suggest if he had done more he may have connected with the ball. To cap it off, he then had a great chance from a corner. Chiellini flicked the ball on at the front post only for Higuaín to volley across the face what looked a great goal scoring opportunity. It didn’t appear to be his night.
Monaco then found their feet in the game with youngster Kylian Mbappe starting to have an impact. He found a chance from a cross but could only head the ball straight at Buffon.
Not long after he used his great movement to get on a low cross from the right. The ball flew in low and Mbappe got between Bonucci and Barzagli to fire the ball toward the near post, only to be saved again by Buffon.
Wonderful team goal
Juventus then broke the deadlock through Higuaín with a fantastic team goal. After playing it across the back three, Marchisio picked the ball up deep in his own half. He floated the ball up to Dybala who elegantly flicked the ball to the breaking Dani Alves. Alves played a one-two with Higuaín and broke into the Juventus box. Just as he looked to have nothing on, Alves back heeled the ball to the edge of the box and Higuaín clinically put the ball into the bottom left corner of Subasic’s net. Juventus went in with a 1-0 lead at half time.
After the break, Monaco came out of the blocks well with a lot of attacking impetus.
Juventus started to drop deeper and try and hit Monaco on the break through Dybala and Alves. This counter attacking nearly paid dividends early on as Marchisio had a great chance saved by the leg of Subasic. Not long after Higuain’s night continued to pick up as he grabbed his and Juve’s second goal. Dybala played Alves down the right who hit a sublime floated cross into the box for Higuaín to tap in from close range.
Juventus dropped even deeper and the game became very scrappy. Monaco were winning a lot of free kicks in the Juventus half. One of these free kicks was for a very questionable elbow by Chiellini on Falcao. Both went up for the ball but Chiellini appeared to severely catch the striker. The referee immediately awarded a yellow card but Chiellini may have been lucky to avoid a red.
Chiellini then made a late challenge on substitute Germain which was incredibly lucky not to earn him a second yellow.
Juventus were much the better side in this game and the formation was a masterstroke by Allegri. The Juventus wingbacks caused a lot of problems for Monaco and also managed to prevent a lot of Monaco’s infamous wide play. With two away goals in the bag, it’s looking very likely Juventus will be going through to the final in Cardiff.
Monaco: Subasic 7, Dirar 7, Glik 6 Nascimento 6, Sidibe 6, Silva 7, Fabinho 6, Bakayoko 5, Lemar 6, Falcao 6, Mbappe 7
Subs: Moutinho 7, Germain 5, Toure N/A
Juventus: Buffon 8, Alves 9, Barzagli 7, Bonucci 8, Chiellini 7, Sandro 7, Pjanic 7, Marchisio 7, Dybala 7, Mandzukic 6, Higuain 8
Subs: Cuadrado 6, Rincon N/A, Lemina N/A