Juventus Beat Monaco 4-1 On Aggregate To Reach CL Final In Cardiff
Italian giants, Juventus booked their place in the final of the Champions League courtesy of a 4-1 aggregate victory over French Ligue 1 side, AS Monaco on Tuesday.
The Turin-based club went into the second leg clash with a 2-0 advantage following their impressive victory in Monaco last week, and first-half goals from Mario Mandzukic and Dani Alves put the tie well and truly beyond the Ligue 1 leaders.
Kylian Mbappe pulled one goal back to end Juventus’s run of six consecutive clean sheets in the competition, but it was far too little too late as the hosts cruised into the final, where they will face either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid.
Monaco were forced into a late change moments before kickoff when Nabil Dir ar picked up an injury in the warm-up, leaving Benjamin Mendy – himself an injury doubt for the game – to fill in at short notice.
Needing to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit, Monaco got off to an aggressive start. Juventus survived an early scare when Mbappe’s shot from a tight angle came off the inside of the far post, although the teenager had been flagged offside.
Radamel Falcao then blasted over the crossbar two minutes later. Juventus soaked up the early pressure before stepping up a gear midway through the half. The Italian club doubled its tally just before halftime. Subasic punched clear a corner but it fell to Alves, who volleyed it into the back of the net from outside the area.
Monaco scored when a corner was played short and Joao Moutinho put in a low cross for Mbappe to fire home from close range. Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid meet on Wednesday for the other second leg match, with defending champion Real Madrid leading 3-0.