UEFA Champions League
Stade Louis II, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, France
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FT: The result means that Juventus will take a two-goal lead back with them to Turin, with the two precious away goals giving them a further advantage. Monaco will need to find two away goals without reply themselves in Turin but will know that is easier said than done based on tonight’s performance. The result was also the first time that Monaco failed to score at home in 42 consecutive matches.
FT: The hosts created a number of good chances in the second-half but lacked the cutting-edge. First Falcao spurned a great chance when he was sent through by Silva but his strike was straightforward for Buffon before Silva’s effort from-range tested the keeper. Substitute Germain then went close when he met fellow substitute Moutinho’s freekick but Buffon made a fine save to deny the striker.
FT: The visitors created less chances than their opponents overall but were much more clinical. First Marchisio went close when he forced Subašić into a fine save after dispossessing Lemar, before Higuaín volleyed home from a fine Alves cross.
FT: So Juventus take a 2-0 lead back to Turin.
90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+1′ The visitors take the corner short and keep possession.
90′ Cuadrado wins a corner.
90′ The delivery falls to Glik but the loose ball is gathered by Buffon.
90′ There will be three additional minutes.
89′ Close!! Moutinho sends a teasing delivery into the path of Germain, whose header is tipped over the bar by Buffon.
89′ Germain wins a freekick after a poor challenge from Chiellini, who has to be careful as he’s already on a booking.
88′ Final Juventus change sees Pjanić replaced by Mario Lemina.
87′ Moutinho sends a dangerous delivery across the face of goal but it evades everyone and goes out for a goal-kick.
86′ Moutinho wins a freekick after a foul from Rincón.
81′ The short corner is dealt with by the visitors.
81′ Falcao wins a corner.
80′ Final Monaco change sees Silva replaced by Almamy Touré.
80′ Second Juventus change sees Tomás Rincón replace Marchisio.
78′ Falcao is penalised for handball.
76′ First Juventus change sees Juan Cuadrado replace Higuaín.
74′ Silva is penalised for handball.
72′ Moutinho fires an effort harmlessly off-target from-range.
69′ Jemerson fires an effort harmlessly wide on the volley from-range.
68′ Chiellini is booked for a flailing arm on Falcao. He was fortunate to escape with just a booking there.
66′ Dybala wins a freekick after a foul from Sidibé.
66′ Double Monaco substitution sees João Moutinho and Valère Germain replace Bakayoko and Lemar.
65′ Barzagli wins a freekick after a foul from Sidibé.
63′ Falcao wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Chiellini.
62′ Play resumes.
61′ Slight delay in the match as Dirar is down with an injury and is receiving treatment.
59′ Goal!! Bakayoko is dispossessed before Alves sends a teasing delivery into the path of Higuaín, who volleys home unmarked at the back-post.
57′ Marchisio is booked for a late challenge on Fabinho.
54′ Chance!! Marchisio dispossesses Lemar and surges forward before firing an effort that Subašić smothers away with his feet.
53′ The corner is cleared.
53′ Pjanić concedes a corner.
51′ Alves fires an effort wide of the target on the volley from-range.
50′ Close!! Silva fires an effort at-goal from-range but Buffon makes a comfortable save.
47′ Mandžukić wins a freekick after a foul from Dirar.
46′ Chance!! Silva sends Falcao through on-goal but his effort is straight at Buffon, when he should have scored.
45′ Monaco get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Juventus extend their tally to take a larger lead back to Turin or will Monaco come back in this match in order to take something to Italy? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: The visitors will look to add to their tally in order to take a larger lead back to Turin and will need to make the most of their opportunities when Monaco’s full-backs surge forward. Monaco will have to get Silva and Falcao more involved. Both players have been relatively quiet by their usual standard with the latter deprived of much service. The Ligue 1 leaders will have to be more clinical if they are to come back in this tie, given the fact that the visitors have an away-goal. In addition to this, they have to be cautious in defence and cannot to concede another goal as it would mean that Monaco would have to score two away goals at the Juventus Stadium.
HT: Monaco created a number of good chances prior to the Juventus goal. First Mbappé met a Dirar cross with a header, which was straight at Buffon, before his instinctive-volley from another Dirar cross was palmed away by the Italian keeper. Falcao then met a Dirar cross with a header that Buffon tipped behind.
HT: The visitors didn’t create many chances but they have been more clinical. Their first clear-cut chance fell to Higuaín on the volley but he fired wide, following a corner. The Argentine then fired the ball home after Alves’ back-heel to score a precious away-goal before Dybala tested Subašić with a freekick.
HT: So Juventus lead at the break.
45′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
43′ Higuaín is penalised for a foul.
40′ Higuaín is penalised for a foul on Fabinho.
39′ Mandžukić wins a freekick after a foul from Glik.
37′ Dybala curls the freekick over the wall but Subašić makes a comfortable save.
35′ Fabinho is booked for a late challenge on Pjanić.
34′ Marchisio wins a freekick after a foul from Bakayoko.
33′ Sandro is penalised for a foul on Fabinho.
32′ Lemar’s delivery is dangerous but it evades everyone and goes out for a goal-kick.
31′ Sidibé wins a freekick after a foul from Alves.
30′ Dybala is penalised for a foul on Fabinho.
29′ Goal!! Higuaín exchanges passes with Alves, who back-heels the ball back into the path of the Argentine, who fires the ball home into the bottom-corner.
27′ Play resumes.
26′ Play is halted as Glik is down with an injury.
24′ Dybala wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Fabinho.
24′ Chance!! Pjanić’s delivery is flicked-on by Chiellini into the path of Higuaín, who volleys wide.
24′ Sandro wins a corner.
23′ Dybala wins a freekick.
22′ The corner eventually comes to nothing.
21′ Chiellini concedes a corner.
20′ Bonucci is booked for a cynical foul on Falcao.
19′ The initial corner is cleared before a Falcao cross is headed wide by Glik.
18′ Close!! Falcao does well to meet a Dirar cross with a header that Buffon palms behind.
15′ Chance!! Mbappé latches onto a teasing delivery from Dirar, to volley an effort at-goal that Buffon is forced to palm away at his near-post.
14′ Falcao wins a freekick after a foul from Chiellini.
12′ Chance!! The initial corner is cleared before a fine cross-field pass from Dirar is met by Mbappé with a header but his effort is tame and Buffon makes a comfortable save.
11′ Barzagli concedes a corner.
10′ Close!! A terrific cross-field pass from Pjanić is volleyed across the face of goal by Alves towards Higuaín but it just evades the Argentine.
9′ A deflected Alves cross is claimed well by Subašić.
7′ Lemar’s delivery is cleared.
6′ Sidibé wins a corner.
6′ The corner is eventually dealt with by the hosts.
5′ Sandro wins a corner after his cross is blocked by Dirar.
0′ Juventus get the game underway.
AS Monaco FC: Danijel Subašić (GK), Djibril Sidibé, Jemerson, Kamil Glik, Nabil Dirar, Tiemoué Bakayoko, Fabinho, Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva, Kylian Mbappé, Radamel Falcao
Juventus F.C.: Gianluigi Buffon (GK), Alex Sandro, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli, Claudio Marchisio, Miralem Pjanić, Mario Mandžukić, Paulo Dybala, Dani Alves, Gonzalo Higuaín