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Published: Thursday 16 April 2015, 11.42CET
A first semi-final in over a decade is the target for both AS Monaco FC and Juventus with the Italian side holding a slender advantage for their trip to the Stade Louis II.

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Possession (%)46
Total attempts97
on target27
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against woodwork1
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Published: Thursday 16 April 2015, 11.42CET

Monaco v Juventus background

A first semi-final in over a decade is the target for both AS Monaco FC and Juventus with the Italian side holding a slender advantage for their trip to the Stade Louis II.

AS Monaco FC host Juventus in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final needing to overturn a 1-0 first-leg loss in which Arturo Vidal scored the only goal from the penalty spot.

• Monaco can take heart from an unbeaten home record against Italian sides at the Stade Louis II, although Juventus will travel with optimism after a resounding 3-0 success at Borussia Dortmund in the last round.

Previous meetings
• Juventus, the eventual tournament runners-up, prevailed 6-4 on aggregate when the teams met in the 1997/98 UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

• In the first leg, Marcello Lippi's Juventus won 4-1 at the Stadio Delle Alpi where Alessandro Del Piero hit a hat-trick (including two penalties) and Zinédine Zidane added a late fourth.

• Jean Tigana's Monaco edged the second leg 3-2, their scorers including Thierry Henry, who joined Juventus for an eight-month spell the following year.

• The lineups at Stade Louis II on 15 April 1998 were:
Monaco: Barthez, Diawara, Djetou, Christanval, Léonard (Sagnol 65), Martin, Benarbia, Collins, Ikpeba (Spehar 69), Trezeguet, Henry.
Juventus: Peruzzi, Torricelli, Birindelli, Iuliano, Dimas, Conte, Tacchinardi, Zidane (Pecchia 59), Pessotto, Del Piero, Inzaghi (Amoruso 5; Davids 71).

Match background

• Monaco are eyeing their first UEFA Champions League semi-final since 2003/04, the season they went all the way to the final for the first and only time.

• Their record at this last-eight stage of the competition is W2 L1. There were no quarter-finals in 1993/94 when they progressed directly from the group stage to the semis.

• This is Monaco's first tie against Italian opposition since their 1998 UEFA Champions League semi-final defeat by Juve.

• Monaco have won just one of six previous knockout ties against clubs from Serie A – a 1-0 aggregate victory over AS Roma in the 1991/92 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals.

• The principality outfit are unbeaten in four previous games with Italian sides in Monaco. Their 'home' loss to FC Internazionale Milano (1-3) in the 1963/64 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round took place in Marseille.

• Monaco had gone eight matches unbeaten at home in Europe prior to their 2-0 reverse to Arsenal FC in the round of 16 – a result that did not stop them squeezing through on the away goals rule.

• Monaco have won five of the 16 UEFA competition ties in which they have had to recover from a first-leg away defeat. When that first game finished 1-0, however, they have lost four ties and won only two; their last European campaign before this season, in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup, ended against FC Basel 1893 in the round of 32 when a 1-0 away setback preceded a 1-1 home draw. 

• Their shoot-out record in UEFA competitions reads W1 L0:
3-1 v Real Valladolid CF, 1989/90 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final

• Two-time European champions Juventus are seeking a first semi-final appearance since 2002/03, when they beat FC Barcelona in the quarter-finals, following up a 1-1 home draw with a 2-1 away success.

• Since then Juventus have fallen at the quarters on three occasions, most recently when crashing 4-0 on aggregate to FC Bayern München in 2012/13. Their overall record in European Cup quarter-finals stands at W10 L5.

• Massimiliano Allegri's men are chasing a third successive away victory in the competition after wins at Malmö FF (2-0) and Dortmund (3-0).

• Juve triumphed 1-0 at Olympique Lyonnais on their last visit to France in last term's UEFA Europa League quarter-finals. Their overall away record against French opponents is W4 D2 L5.

• Juventus have won all ten of their knockout ties against French teams.

•Their record when winning the home first leg in UEFA competition is W31 L8; when the first match has finished 1-0 in their favour, however, Juve have won four and lost four.

• The Italian side's shoot-out record is W3 L3:
2-3 v AC Milan, 2002/03 UEFA Champions League final
4-2 v AFC Ajax, 1995/96 UEFA Champions League final
1-3 v Real Madrid CF, 1986/87 European Cup second round
4-2 v Argentinos Juniors, 1985 European/South American Cup final
1-4 v Widzew Łódź, 1980/81 UEFA Cup second round
3-0 v Ajax, 1977/78 European Cup quarter-final

Coach and player links
• Allegri's first game as a coach in UEFA competition was against Ligue 1 opposition – a 2-0 home success against AJ Auxerre with Milan in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage. Milan also won 2-0 in France.

• As a Monaco player from 2002–06, Patrice Evra made 120 league outings and represented the club in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League final against an FC Porto team including Ricardo Carvalho.

• Carvalho was a late substitute for Chelsea FC in the 2-2 draw at Juventus that sealed the Italian side's elimination from the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League round of 16 (2-3 aggregate). With Porto, Carvalho had previously faced Juve in the 2001/02 first group stage (0-0 h, 1-3 a), lining up against Gianluigi Buffon.

• Dimitar Berbatov played with Evra at Manchester United FC, where the Bulgarian was also a team-mate of Carlos Tévez (2007–09) and Paul Pogba (2010–12).

• Layvin Kurzawa played alongside Pogba when making his France debut against Albania in November.

• Álvaro Morata was a colleague of Fabinho and Carvalho at Real Madrid in 2012/13.

• Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Raggi were team-mates at Empoli FC in 2007/08.

• Jérémy Toulalan, together with Evra, was in the France side that suffered UEFA EURO 2008 elimination with a 2-0 loss to the Italy of Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Pirlo.

• Maarten Stekelenburg plied his trade with Roma between 2011 and 2013. His record against Juventus in league and cup was W1 D1 L3, with 12 goals conceded.

• Stephan Lichtsteiner represented LOSC Lille from 2005–08. His record in Ligue 1 action against Monaco was W1 D2 L2. Last summer he was in the Switzerland team beaten 5-2 by France at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

• France's 1998 World Cup winners David Trezeguet, Lilian Thuram and Henry each played for both clubs.

Match facts

• Carvalho, Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, João Moutinho and Kurzawa will all incur a suspension with their next bookings.

• The 1-0 first-leg loss to Juventus ended Monaco's four-game unbeaten run.

• Toulalan missed the Juventus fixture because of the hamstring injury he sustained in Monaco's 3-0 win at SM Caen on 10 April. He also sat out Saturday's 1-1 home draw against Stade Rennais FC.

• Tiémoué Bakayoko (out since 14 January, hamstring) has resumed training, as has Nabil Dirar, who was substituted six minutes into the second half in Turin with a sprained left ankle.

• Monaco have not won in four home games, losing one and drawing the last three since a 3-0 defeat of SC Bastia on 13 March.

• Lichtsteiner, Morata, Pogba, Roberto Pereyra and Vidal are all a booking away from a ban.

• On Saturday Juventus defeated second-placed SS Lazio 2-0 to close in a fourth successive Serie A title. Carlos Tévez scored his 18th league goal of the season, one fewer than his total for 2013/14, with Leonardo Bonucci scoring his second in three games in all competitions.

• Pirlo's appearance in the home leg against Monaco was his first outing since suffering a calf injury during the 2-1 defeat of Dortmund on 24 February.

• Vidal's spot kick versus Monaco was his first successful penalty of the season in the competition, having had an effort saved by Olympiacos FC's Roberto on matchday five.

• Buffon has kept a clean sheet in each of his last six appearances for Juventus. Marco Storari deputised for the Italy No1 in the 1-0 defeat by Parma FC on 11 April. José Mauri's strike in that game is the only goal the Bianconeri have conceded in their past eight matches.

• Martín Cáceres (ankle) and Pogba (thigh) are still sidelined.

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