UEFA Champions League
Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy
Juventus are through to their second UEFA Champions League Final in three years after defeating Monaco 2-1 on the night and 4-1 on aggregate at the Juventus Stadium in Turin.
First-half goals from Mario Mandžukić and Dani Alves extended the Turin-side’s aggregate lead from the first-leg to set the Bianconeri on their way to Cardiff, before Kylian Mbappé’s second-half effort, which made him the youngest player to score in a Champions League Semi-final, earned the Prinicpality-side a consolation.
The visitors initially started well and very nearly took the lead in the fourth minute when a deflected strike from João Moutinho fell to Mbappé, whose effort from a tight-angle struck the post, but the flag was already up against the youngster, who was offside.
In the 22nd minute the Bianconeri had a good chance to take the lead on the night when Gonzalo Higuaín drove into the area before chipping the ball over Daniel Subašić, but his effort appeared to have drifted wide as Andrea Raggi cleared the loose ball.
Two minutes later the hosts had another good chance to extend their aggregate lead when Higuaín sent Mandžukić through on-goal, he had just Subašić to beat but the keeper brilliantly smothered the effort away.
Three minutes later Juventus had another good chance when Miralem Pjanić exchanged passes with Paulo Dybala, the Bosnian looked set to pull the trigger but his effort was brilliantly blocked by Raggi.
In the 33rd minute the hosts opened the scoring when Mandžukić latched onto a fine Alves cross with a header that Subašić initially did well to palm away, but the loose ball fell to the Croatian forward, who fired home the follow-up.
Two minutes later the Turin-outfit thought they had doubled their lead on the night when Higuaín latched onto an Alves through-ball before slotting home, but the flag was up for offside.
A minute later Juventus went close to a second on the night when Mandžukić’s terrific cross-field pass found Higuaín, who fired an effort that Subašić saved well.
In the 42nd minute Monaco went close to levelling the scores on the night when Mbappé received the ball from Moutinho to fire an effort wide from a tight-angle, following a corner.
A minute later the hosts had a good chance to get their second of the night when Alves dispossessed Benjamin Mendy to send Dybala through on-goal, but Subašić smothered the effort over the bar.
From the resulting-corner the hosts made it two on the night. Subašić punched the delivery clear to Alves, who brilliantly volleyed the ball home from the edge of the area.
Nine minutes into the restart the Bianconeri had a good chance to make it three when substitute Juan Cuadrado was sent through on-goal by Pjanić, but he delayed his strike, which was eventually blocked by Jemerson.
In the 66th minute the visitors had a good chance to pull a goal back on the nighr when Mbappé was sent through on-goal by Djibril Sidibé, he had just Gianluigi Buffon to beat, but the veteran Italian keeper palmed the effort behind.
Two minutes later the Monégasque side reduced the aggregate deficit. Moutinho did well to get to the byline and send a low cross into the path of Mbappé, who tapped the ball home, following a corner. The goal meant that Mbappé became the youngster player to score in a Champions League Semi-final. The goal was also the first goal that Juventus had conceded in 11 and a half hours.
The result meant that Juventus will progress into their ninth Final in the competition, hoping to win the competition for the third time. They will face either Atlético Madrid or Real Madrid. Monaco bowed out of the competition at the Semi-final stage for the third time, the second time against Juventus since 1998.