Juventus beats Monaco 2-1 to reach Champions League final

Lucy Bush
May 13, 2017

Italian Serie A leaders Juventus booked their second appearance in UEFA Champions League final over the past three years with a 2-1 home win and 4-1 on aggregate over Ligue 1 side Monaco.

GIANLUIGI BUFFON kisses Kylian Mbappe on the head after the 18-year-old Monaco sensation scores against him.

Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic made brilliant saves on Gonzalo Higuain and Mandzukic's attempts.

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid meet on Wednesday for the other second-leg match, with defending champion Real Madrid leading 3-0.

Mbappe has now scored in five of his first six Champions League knockout matches, with the semi-final first leg in Monaco the only match in which he's failed to find the back of the net.

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The French side nearly got off to the ideal start when Mbappe knocked the ball past veteran Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon but his effort came back off a post and the offside flag meant it would not have counted anyway.

It will be the ninth time Juventus, runners-up to Barcelona in 2015, have contested the final of Europe's elite club competition.

Juventus last lost a home game by two goals or more in April 2013 but despite their healthy position, Allegri believed "we could've played better technically".

Mbappe has been this season's revelation both at home and overseas, reaching 25 goals in all competitions with his consolation effort in Turin, and he is grateful for the experience.

"We had a fantastic midfield when we played in Berlin, but I don't think we're any worse off this season".

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Jubilant Juventus players celebrate after winning the tie against AS Monaco and qualified for the final for the second time in 3 seasons.

Brazilian wing-back Alves's 25-yard strike followed Mario Mandzukic's opener for the treble-chasing Italian champions as any semblance of a contest was snuffed out by half-time.

They have beaten some quality teams to reach the semi-final stage and they should be proud of that. "I work a lot, I live the game with a lot of intensity and love", Alves told Mega. "He does an awesome amount of running, he is great tactically and he has really good technique. We've got to Cardiff... but getting to the final means nothing".

It's this blend of protective nous and attacking potency that indicates the Old Lady will go to Cardiff in expectation along with hope of a very first Champions League victory because 1996.

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