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Juventus edge past Monaco and into semis

Published: Wednesday 22 April 2015, 22.37CET
AS Monaco FC 0-0 Juventus (agg: 0-1)
The Turin giants are through to the last four for the first time in 12 years, but only after a stern examination from Monaco.

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Match statistics

MonacoJuventus

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)55
 
45
Total attempts12
 
5
on target1
 
1
off target7
 
3
blocked4
 
1
against woodwork0
1
Corners6
 
3
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
17
Fouls suffered13
 
13
Passes480
 
391
completed404
 
312

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 22 April 2015, 22.37CET

Juventus edge past Monaco and into semis

AS Monaco FC 0-0 Juventus (agg: 0-1)
The Turin giants are through to the last four for the first time in 12 years, but only after a stern examination from Monaco.

The Italian side successfully defend their narrow first-leg victory
One of only 12 1-0 aggregate wins in 220 knockout ties in the competition
Bianconeri reach last four for the first time since finishing runners-up in 2003
Exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from Monaco and Madrid
• The semi-final draw takes place in Nyon from 12.00CET on Friday

Juventus held off a concerted effort from a youthful AS Monaco FC side to book their place in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 2003.

For over an hour it was the spirit of Monaco's famous victory over Real Madrid CF 11 years ago that echoed around the hillsides that shield the principality. But the home team were never quite able to find a way through as the Bianconeri, summoning a familiar defensive stoicism of their own, defended their 1-0 quarter-final first-leg advantage with few genuine alarms.

The tone for a fraught second instalment was quickly established at the Stade Louis II. Monaco showed great endeavour, driving forward with vim and vigour, utilising the flanks and keeping the ball on the ground. Juve soaked it up, sometimes with ease, on other occasions rather more desperately; then they looked to kill the tie off on the counterattack with long passes over the top.

It made for a fascinating game of cat and mouse. Geoffrey Kondogbia occasionally burrowed holes in the middle, working room to test Gianluigi Buffon, yet it was out wide that the Ligue 1 outfit carried the biggest threat. On-song Bernardo Silva was at the heart of it, and it required a fortuitous intervention from Andrea Barzagli to cut out his cross on 15 minutes following a lovely move involving four players cramped for space on the right.

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Monaco continued to boss territory and possession though the chances dried up before the interval – never mind, at the 45-minute mark in 2004 Les Rouges et Blancs had trailed Madrid 5-2 on aggregate. Leonardo Jardim opted for an attacking switch at half-time, bringing on Dimitar Berbatov. The coach spoke of "calculated risks" before the match and seemed to have done his sums correctly here.

His charges were immediately back on top, and it needed the cool wise head of Patrice Evra to clear when Buffon came and missed a João Moutinho cross. Evra, a Monaco hero 11 years ago, was by now playing deep, the starting back three becoming a back five; almost a back eight at times. The hosts tired, though, and the last 20 minutes came and went without undue panic for Massimiliano Allegri's men.

Andrea Pirlo almost grabbed a win, in fact, with a vicious late effort that rattled the crossbar. No matter, Juventus's wait was soon over.

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Home team Monaco arrive at the Stade Louis II

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Carlos Tévez and Jérémy Toulalan, who passed a late fitness test, in action early on

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Carlos Tévez is squeezed out on a rare foray forward in the first half

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Anthony Martial skips past Claudio Marchisio, with Andrea Barzagli in attendance

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Stephan Lichtsteiner climbs high to head clear amid Monaco pressure

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Danijel Subašić off his line to claim Andrea Pirlo's pass ahead of Stephan Lichtsteiner

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Facing his old club, Patrice Evra shields the ball from the lively Bernardo Silva

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João Moutinho takes a knock before half-time

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Dimitar Berbatov, on as a half-time substitute, gestures

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João Moutinho drives at the Bianconeri back line

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Patrice Evra rises to head clear under the watchful gaze of Bernardo Silva

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Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tévez celebrate at full time

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Gianluigi Buffon, who has never won the UEFA Champions League, roars with delight

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The visitors celebrate with their travelling support

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Monaco traipse off at full time














Last updated: 29/05/15 2.30CET

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Lineups

monaco

Monaco

juventus

Juventus

1
SubašićDanijel Subašić (GK)
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
2
FabinhoFabinho
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
Yellow Card1
3
KurzawaLayvin Kurzawa
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
5
AbdennourAymen Abdennour
9
MorataÁlvaro Morata
Substitution69
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
10
TévezCarlos Tévez
Yellow Card86
15
Bernardo SilvaBernardo Silva
Yellow Card50
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
17
CarrascoYannick Carrasco
Substitution87
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
22
KondogbiaGeoffrey Kondogbia
Yellow Card76
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
23
MartialAnthony Martial
Substitution76
23
VidalArturo Vidal
Substitution77
24
RaggiAndrea Raggi
26
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
28
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan (C)
Substitution46
33
EvraPatrice Evra
Substitution89

Substitutes

16
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
30
StorariMarco Storari (GK)
7
DirarNabil Dirar
5
OgbonnaAngelo Ogbonna
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Substitution46
14
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Substitution69
12
Matheus CarvalhoMatheus Carvalho
Substitution87
20
PadoinSimone Padoin
Substitution89
13
WallaceWallace
27
SturaroStefano Sturaro
18
GermainValère Germain
Substitution76
32
MatriAlessandro Matri
21
EldersonElderson
37
PereyraRoberto Pereyra
Substitution77

Coach

Leonardo Jardim (POR) Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)

Referee

William Collum (SCO)

Assistant referees

Damien MacGraith (IRL), Graham Chambers (SCO)

Fourth official

Alastair Mather (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Bobby Madden (SCO), Kevin Clancy (SCO)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution