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Vidal gives Juventus the edge over Monaco

Published: Tuesday 14 April 2015, 22.43CET
Juventus 1-0 AS Monaco FC
Arturo Vidal's 57th-minute penalty settled a Turin first leg in which both sides carved out, and spurned, some good opportunities.

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Match statistics

JuventusMonaco

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)60
 
40
Total attempts13
 
16
on target5
 
5
off target7
 
9
blocked1
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
7
Offsides2
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed7
 
15
Fouls suffered15
 
7
Passes612
 
325
completed541
 
264

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Published: Tuesday 14 April 2015, 22.43CET

Vidal gives Juventus the edge over Monaco

Juventus 1-0 AS Monaco FC
Arturo Vidal's 57th-minute penalty settled a Turin first leg in which both sides carved out, and spurned, some good opportunities.

Arturo Vidal scores the only goal, converting a penalty 12 minutes into the second half
The spot kick is awarded for a trip by Ricardo Carvalho on Álvaro Morata
Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco spurns the visitors' best opportunity
Monaco's record of never having won in Italy extends to a seventh game
The second leg will take place at Stade Louis II next Wednesday

Arturo Vidal, from the spot, scored the only goal of an entertaining contest as Juventus established a slender lead to take into the return leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final against AS Monaco FC.

The Chile midfielder converted a 57th-minute penalty, awarded after Ricardo Carvalho had tripped Álvaro Morata just inside the the visitors' area. The result puts Juventus in a decent position to reach their first European Cup semi-final since 2002/03.

The pattern of play was set from the off – Juventus quickly onto the front foot and Monaco, eyeing an opportunity to counter, content to retain their shape. Making his first appearance since 24 February, Andrea Pirlo was soon looking to dictate play, floating a ball to the far post that was volleyed over by Morata.

If a cagey encounter was expected between two teams with the best defensive records in their respective leagues, then the opening exchanges were anything but tentative. No sooner had Carlos Tévez forced a low save out of Danijel Subašić than Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, found by Anthony Martial, fired straight at Gianluigi Buffon.

With Monaco growing in confidence, Ferreira-Carrasco tested Buffon again, his shot deflecting off Leonardo Bonucci. The intensity remained high for much of the half and, as a result, the chances kept coming, the unmarked Tévez displaying a look of disbelief after tamely volleying Claudio Marchisio's diagonal cross into the midriff of Subašić.

The ebb and flow persisted as the interval approached, the ever-dangerous Martial showing his pace as he attempted to outstrip Giorgio Chiellini and, from the next attack, former Monaco left-back Patrice Evra blazing Roberto Pereyra's cutback over the crossbar.

If Ferreira-Carrasco's earlier failure to score was a let-off for the Serie A leaders then Monaco breathed a sigh of relief on the cusp of half-time when Vidal, picked out by a sumptuous Tévez pass with the outside of his boot, drove high and wide with only Subašić to beat.

The Bianconeri continued to force the issue after the restart, yet were almost caught out by a swift Monaco break. Subašić, having collected Pirlo's corner, bowled the ball out to Ferreira-Carrasco, who played in Bernardo Silva, just on for the injured Nabil Dirar. Buffon tipped the midfielder's near-post effort wide.

The breakthrough arrived three minutes later from the spot after Carvalho clipped the heels of Morata as the Spain striker strove to get on the end of Pirlo's searching ball. Vidal did the rest, firing high into the net for his first goal in this season's competition.

Geoffrey Kondogbia served the hosts a warning with a shot from distance that forced the backpedalling Buffon to tip over. Leonardo Jardim sent on Dimitar Berbatov for Monaco's Italian right-back Andrea Raggi with 19 minutes remaining, and the forward soon made his presence felt with a header over from Ferreira-Carrasco's corner. 

A goal was not forthcoming, however, though Monaco will take comfort from the fact Massimiliano Allegri's men have lost away to Club Atlético de Madrid and Olympiacos FC this term.

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Juventus enjoy their narrow victory with their supporters

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Arturo Vidal converts from the penalty spot

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The Chile midfielder punches the air in delight after putting Juventus ahead

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Carlos Tévez has a shot on the Monaco goal

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João Moutinho and the returning Andrea Pirlo compete for an aerial ball

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Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco shows his disappointment after spurning a first-half chance

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Álvaro Morata closes down Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subašić

Last updated: 29/05/15 2.45CET

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Lineups

juventus

Juventus

monaco

Monaco

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
1
SubašićDanijel Subašić (GK)
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
2
FabinhoFabinho
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
3
KurzawaLayvin Kurzawa
9
MorataÁlvaro Morata
Substitution83
5
AbdennourAymen Abdennour
10
TévezCarlos Tévez
6
Ricardo CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
Yellow Card55
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
7
DirarNabil Dirar
Substitution51
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
Substitution74
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
23
VidalArturo Vidal
Goal57
17
CarrascoYannick Carrasco
26
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
22
KondogbiaGeoffrey Kondogbia
33
EvraPatrice Evra
23
MartialAnthony Martial
Substitution87
37
PereyraRoberto Pereyra
Substitution87
24
RaggiAndrea Raggi (C)
Substitution71

Substitutes

30
StorariMarco Storari (GK)
16
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
7
PepeSimone Pepe
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Substitution71
14
LlorenteFernando Llorente
12
Matheus CarvalhoMatheus Carvalho
Substitution87
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
Substitution74
13
WallaceWallace
20
PadoinSimone Padoin
15
Bernardo SilvaBernardo Silva
Substitution51
27
SturaroStefano Sturaro
Substitution87
18
GermainValère Germain
32
MatriAlessandro Matri
Substitution83
21
EldersonElderson

Coach

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA) Leonardo Jardim (POR)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Roman Slyško (SVK), Martin Wilczek (CZE)

Fourth official

Tomáš Mokrusch (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Radek Příhoda (CZE), Michal Paták (CZE)

Legend:

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution