Monaco 0-2 Juventus: Champions League semi-final - as it happened

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Monaco 0-2 Juventus

  • Gonzalo Higuain braces has Juventus dreaming of Champions League final.
  • Goals either side of half-time downed Monaco, who laboured for much of the clash.
  • Monaco: Subasic, Dirar, Glik, Jemerson, Sidibé, Lemar, Fabinho, Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva, Falcao, Mbappé.
  • Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Pjanic, Marchisio, Dani Alves, Dybala, Mandzukic, Higuain.
Gonzalo Higuain

Full-time: Monaco 0-2 Juventus

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Juve have one foot in the final and have managed to do what so may have failed to; stop Monaco from scoring.

Gonzalo Higuain has answered his critics with two away goals, but credit must go to the wonderful, evergreen Dani Alves. Monaco have it all to do next week.

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A huge save from Buffon at the death!

The wily Italian manages to tip over a Germain header. That could prove vital for both sides.

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Moutinho's delicious free-kick was begging for a touch, but nobody in red and white managed to supply it. Frustration is certainly the order of the day for Monaco.

Juventus make their third and final change with Lemina coming on for Pjanic.

Monaco are huffing and puffing, but Juventus are quelling anything the French outfit attempts to muster. The Italians really are a class above their impressive but inexperienced opponents, and have shown that tonight.

Another change for Juve as the wondrous Marchisio is replaced by Rincon, while Silva makes way for Toure for Monaco.

Falcao turns and shoots at goal for the first time this half but the play is called back because of a handball from the Colombian. Just over 10 minutes to go, Juve are comfortable.

Allegri makes a change as he takes off Higuain, who was on a hat-trick, for Cuadrado. A change of system, perhaps?

Falcao almost found a half-yard of space in the box but was crowded out instantly by the Juve backline. They don't give you an inch.

Chiellini should see red. He elbows Falcao square in the jaw but is only given a yellow card. The streetwise Italian made the incident look rather innocuous, but he can count himself a tad lucky there.

A wondrous ball from Dybala finds Alves who goes down as a result of some attention from Jemerson. He is told to get up, but Barzagli does win a foul after being cuaght by Fabinho.

First changes of the evening are from Jardim, with Moutinho replacing Bakayoko and Germain coming on for Lemar.

Not bad timing, Gonzalo.

Bakayoko is dispossessed by Dybala, who feeds Alves. The majestic Brazilian crosses superbly to the far post, and Higuain makes no mistake once again.

Brilliant work from Juve with Dybala, Alves and Higuain combining once again.

GOAL! Monaco 0-2 Juventus (Higuain)

Marchisio receives a caution for a clumsy tackle on the gangly Fabinho.

Another lovely cross from the impressive Dirar just evades Mbappe, who had made another excellent run to engineer some space.

Juventus respond with a wicked Dybala cross that looked destined to find Higuain, but Subasic prevented the connection.

A dangerous-looking Juventus counter-attack is initially cut out by Dirar, but a second wave of Italian pressure results in Marchisio drawing a good save from Subasic.

At the other end, Mbappe twists and turns but just cannot find a way past Barzagli.

Mbappe almost latches onto a Lemar pass but Buffon, a man 21 years his senior, hoovers up the danger. Monaco have started the second half much brighter, Bakayoko seems to be operating slightly deeper than he was in the first period.

We're back under way at the Stade Louis II. How will this one end?

Half-time: Monaco 0-1 Juventus

Boos and jeers ring round the Stade Louis II. Gonzalo Higuain capped off a fine Juventus move to give his side the lead and score his 30th goal of the season.

Monaco have had chances, Mbappe's looked dangerous in flashes, but Jardim's men have looked rather laboured so far.

A weight on Higuain's broad shoulders was lifted after his goal.

Gonzalo Higuain

Truly superb from Juve.

Dybala whips a free-kick over the wall but Subasic is equal to it. Less than 10 minutes of the first half remaining.

Monaco almost respond instantly but Bakayoko just can't connect with Lemar's superb delivery. Almost parity for Monaco, who need to bite back soon.

An incredible flick from Dybala finds Higuain, who feeds the onrushing Alves.

The Brazilian looks to have stopped the move's momentum, but he manages to find Higuain with a wondrous backheel, and the Argentine makes no mistake this time.

A quite incredible goal from the Italian giants, who have scored a crucial away goal.

Just as I was slagging him off.

GOAL! Monaco 0-1 Juventus (Higuain)

Higuain's not having the best of games. He just hooked a shot so far off target it's more of a clearance than an attempt on goal. Poor from the Argentine.

He's proving to be a handful once again.

Kylian Mbappe

Bonucci receives the first yellow card of the evening for a foul on Falcao. Monaco were frustrated by the award of the foul, as they were in a good position to counter.

Another chance for Monaco, this time for Falcao. The Colombian does very well to direct a cross at goal, Buffon takes no chances and parries the ball for a corner. From the set-piece, Glik heads wide. Much better play from Monaco in the last 10 minutes.

Another guilt-edge chance for Mbappe! Dirar bursts forward and whips in a low, indefensible cross. Mbappe connects, but Buffon manages to parry the ball away.

Great movement from the Frenchman to rid himself of the attentions of Bonucci and Chiellini, and a good effort, too.

Very sad to see.

Mbappe spurns an incredible chance! He beats the offside trap but his header is weak and drifts easily into Buffon's hands. Big chance for the teenager.

A superb move from Juventus!

Mandzukic find Pjanic, who delivers a wonderful lofted ball into Alves' path. The Brazilian volleys a sumptuous cross in the direction of Higuain, but the forward looked awkward and failed to connect with the ball.

Dybala and Alves combine very well. The Brazilian surges into the box and shoots, but his effort again deflects into Subasic's grasp.

Monaco win a corner but Lemar's curled delivery comes to nothing. Les Monegasques win possession back, but Dybala pounces on a loose ball and drives at the Monaco defence.

The Argentine cuts the ball back for his compatriot Higuain, but he falls over at the vital moment. Sniper got him.

Juventus start brightly as Sandro finds Alves with acres of room in the penalty area, but the Brazilian's cross deflects harmlessly into the gloves of Subasic.

Gonzalo Higuain gets things under way at the Stade Louis II.

The teams are emerging from the tunnel, kick off now just moments away.

This is how Monaco shape up tonight. Can this bunch of ragtag scoring machines avenge their predecessors from 20 years ago and down Juve?

Just half an hour to go now. All eyes will be on Mbappe, who faces arguably the toughest of his footballing career to date.

The Frenchman has scored five goals in this year's Champions League knockout stage, but Juventus have not conceded in eight of their last 10 matches in Europe's premier club competition.

Buffon and co will want improve upon that record tonight.

Juventus

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TEAM NEWS

Monaco: De Sanctis, Jorge, Raggi, Touré, Moutinho, Cardona, Germain.

TEAM NEWS

Monaco: Subasic, Dirar, Glik, Jemerson, Sidibé, Lemar, Fabinho, Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva, Falcao, Mbappé.

Bakayoko makes it but Benjamin Mendy is not fit to start for the hosts.

TEAM NEWS

Juventus: Neto, Lichtsteiner, Benatia, Asamoah, Lemina, Rincon, Cuadrado.

A strong bench, but only one real attacking threat in Cuadrado.

TEAM NEWS

Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Pjanic, Marchisio, Dani Alves, Dybala, Mandzukic, Higuain.

As strong as it gets for the Bianconeri.

Team news not far away now. Monaco have one injury doubt in Tiemoue Bakayoko, who is currently suffering from a broken nose. The midfielder may still feature, albeit in a protective mask.

For Juventus, Sami Khedira will be missing. The Germany international is suspended for tonight's first leg.

A former Monaco and Juventus star is in the house. Will Thierry Henry watch a masterclass from the teenager that many think will eventually upstage him, or will Kylian Mbappe be frustrated by Bonucci and co?

Juve are excited, and they have every reason to be. We should be in for a cracker in the principality with two of the most impressive teams in Europe, both with a virtually clean bill of health, set to lock horns.

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The two league leaders will pit their wits against each other in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash at the Stade Louis II, and their contrasting styles are bound to conjure excitement.

Swashbuckling Monaco have scored 146 goals (!) in all competitions this season, but they are preparing to face their toughest task of the season in the form of Juventus.

I bianconeri are far from a catenaccio-type team - they have more than enough firepower to cause problems with the likes Paolo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain at their disposal - but with Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon at the back, Kylian Mbappe and co might find it hard to exploit and express like they usually do.

Stay right here with IB Times UK for the latest updates, team news and reaction from the Stade Louis II.

Kylian Mbappe

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