Juve book final trip to Cardiff

Juventus hardly put a foot wrong in the semi-final second leg as they beat Monaco 2-1 at the Juventus Stadium on Tuesday to reach the UEFA Champions League final.

  • Juventus 2 Monaco 1
  • Subasic excellent for visitors
  • Mandzukic opens the scoring
  • Alves stunner extends Juve's lead
  • Mbappe pulls one back after break

Match Summary

Danijel Subasic was in brilliant form for the Ligue 1 leaders as he pulled off a string of fine saves to keep the score down, with Massimiliano Allegri's side taking a two-goal into the half-time interval.

Les Monegasques took some gloss off the occasion by pulling one back in the second half to liven up proceedings – becoming the first team to score against the Bianconeri in the competition this season.

But the job had effectively been done in the first leg as Juve moved closer to realising their European dream.

Full Report

The visitors needed an early goal and they almost struck in the fifth minute when Kylian Mbappe hit the right post from an acute angle on the left, but he was flagged for offside after latching onto Joao Moutinho's deflected shot.

Juve managed to soak up the pressure in the opening stages and had a half-chance in the 15th minute as Paulo Dybala fired a snapshot well wide of the right post from outside the box under pressure from Benjamin Mendy.

The Italian champions began to take control, and Gonzalo Higuain went close to opening the scoring on 22 minutes after linking up with Dybala, but Kamil Glik cleared his clipped shot off the line.

Subasic was kept very busy for the remainder of the first half, the Croatian pulling off a sharp reaction save to deny compatriot Mario Mandzukic at his near post on 25 minutes, before the Juve striker directed a header wide of the right post from Dani Alves' cross two minutes later.

The same combination led to the opener on 33 minutes as Alves found Mandzukic free at the back post, and although his header was saved by Subasic, the Croatia international scored on the rebound.

Mandzukic nearly turned provider five minutes later as he sent Higuain clear with a long ball over the top, and the Argentine drew a fine save out of Subasic from inside the area on the left.

Top-class defending from Giorgio Chiellini prevented the Principality outfit from equalising on 42 minutes, after Mendy got away down the left and fired in a low cross that the Italian centre-back turned behind at the back post with Radamel Falcao lurking.

Subasic threw out a foot to block Dybala's 44th-minute effort after he had been played in by Alves, but there was nothing the keeper could do stop the Bianconeri from doubling their lead moments later.

Alves connected with a punched clearance from Subasic and thumped a volley inside the right post from 20 yards out.

Juve were cruising at half-time and they eased off in the second half, looking to play mostly on the counter.

Leonardo Jardim's men continued to chip away and they created an opening in the 67th minute when Djibril Sidibe played in Mbappe on the left, but Gigi Buffon got down smartly to block the teenager's shot from a narrow angle.

Their resolute defence was finally breached a minute later as Mbappe tapped home from close range after Moutinho squared the ball on the left following a quickly-taken corner.

Moutinho was given space to shoot from 25 yards out in the 81st minute after he cut inside from the left, but the Portuguese midfielder failed to trouble Buffon as the ball sailed over the crossbar.