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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.

Monaco 0-0 Juventus: the story in photos ©AFP/Getty Images

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.

Del Piero? Vialli? Great Juventus goals
Del Piero? Vialli? Great Juventus goals

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.

Home team Monaco arrive at the Stade Louis II
Home team Monaco arrive at the Stade Louis II©Getty Images
Carlos Tévez and Jérémy Toulalan, who passed a late fitness test, in action early on
Carlos Tévez and Jérémy Toulalan, who passed a late fitness test, in action early on©Getty Images
Carlos Tévez is squeezed out on a rare foray forward in the first half
Carlos Tévez is squeezed out on a rare foray forward in the first half©AFP/Getty Images
Anthony Martial skips past Claudio Marchisio, with Andrea Barzagli in attendance
Anthony Martial skips past Claudio Marchisio, with Andrea Barzagli in attendance©Getty Images
Stephan Lichtsteiner climbs high to head clear amid Monaco pressure
Stephan Lichtsteiner climbs high to head clear amid Monaco pressure©AFP/Getty Images
Danijel Subašić off his line to claim Andrea Pirlo's pass ahead of Stephan Lichtsteiner
Danijel Subašić off his line to claim Andrea Pirlo's pass ahead of Stephan Lichtsteiner©AFP/Getty Images
Facing his old club, Patrice Evra shields the ball from the lively Bernardo Silva
Facing his old club, Patrice Evra shields the ball from the lively Bernardo Silva©AFP/Getty Images
João Moutinho takes a knock before half-time
João Moutinho takes a knock before half-time©AFP/Getty Images
Dimitar Berbatov, on as a half-time substitute, gestures
Dimitar Berbatov, on as a half-time substitute, gestures©AFP/Getty Images
João Moutinho drives at the Bianconeri back line
João Moutinho drives at the Bianconeri back line©AFP/Getty Images
Patrice Evra rises to head clear under the watchful gaze of Bernardo Silva
Patrice Evra rises to head clear under the watchful gaze of Bernardo Silva©AFP/Getty Images
Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tévez celebrate at full time
Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tévez celebrate at full time©Getty Images
Gianluigi Buffon, who has never won the UEFA Champions League, roars with delight
Gianluigi Buffon, who has never won the UEFA Champions League, roars with delight©AFP/Getty Images
The visitors celebrate with their travelling support
The visitors celebrate with their travelling support©Getty Images
Monaco traipse off at full time
Monaco traipse off at full time©AFP/Getty Images