Juventus beats Monaco 2-1 to reach Champions League final

Erica Murray
May 10, 2017

2351 hrs IST: Welcome to the coverage of the second leg of the Champions League semi-final between Juventus and Monaco. Live coverage of the game will be on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 2 HD. "As always we will send out the most competitive team we can". Mbappe, who was not yet born when Buffon made his FIFA World Cup™ debut with Italy, has nevertheless warned that the tie is far from over: "We know it's hard, but we're going to do all we can to play a great game". Madrid, looking to become the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles, defeated Atletico Madrid 3-0. But Bonucci and Chiellini's yellow cards from the first leg could see them ruled out of the final in Cardiff, should they pick up another. We are not getting a great price on that though so it is not a great bet.

"But at the same time, we must approach the match with the result still in the balance".

Jardim hinted at his selection plans for the second leg, with a shift in tactics likely to deal with the attacking threat of Dani Alves, who provided assists for both of Higuain's goals in the opening match.

But they're far from a one-man team in an attacking sense and a side that has scored three goals or more on 27 separate occasions this season will believe they can produce something special in Turin.

Last match was the first time that Mbappe did not find the back of the net after having started the match. They'll now play the final match in front of a packed Juventus Stadium in Torino, Italy, cheering the home team to defeat the French side and advance to the Champions League final.

Monaco are hoping for a historic comeback as they try to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit in their Champions League semi-final against Juventus on Tuesday. "We need to win the second leg", he added. Six consecutive clean sheets constitute their best run in the competition. Two goals from Higuain, his first two goals ever in the knock out stages of the Champions League. Juve has won all 11 knockout ties against Ligue 1 teams, according to the BBC. The Monaco boss said an early goal could be the catalyst for an upset and urged his players to defy expectations one more time.

In scoring a hat-trick to put his side in a commanding position, Cristiano Ronaldo took his career tally of goals in the competition to 103, three more than Atleti have managed in total.

Plotting to breach Juve's imposing wall will be Monaco's forward line, which comprises teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe and veteran hitman Radamel Falcao.

"Everyone would like to get to the final".

In order to keep Mbappe as fresh as possible, Jardim named him as a substitute for the match at Nancy on Saturday, when Monaco won 3-0 for a club-record ninth straight league win.

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