Monaco 0-2 Juventus. Champions League Semi-Finals 1st Leg

Juventus are edging closer to a second Champions League final in three seasons thanks to Gonzalo Higuain scoring twice to beat Monaco in the semi-final first leg.

The visitors took the lead when Higuain ruthlessly finished two fine Dani Alves assists, sweeping the Brazilian’s back heel in on 29 minutes.

Radamel Falcao went close for Monaco after the break before Alves’ measured cross saw Higuain put Juve in control.

After Real Madrid’s decisive 1st-leg win over Atletico on Tuesday, it looks almost certain the two teams will face each other in Cardiff on June 3rd, Proving to be a worthy match-up for the clubs’ unbeaten records in this season’s competition.

Juventus could win Serie A this weekend hoping for a treble, having already secured their place in the Italian Cup final.

What they said:

Monaco midfielder Fabinho: “They were better and deserved to win but we’re going to try everything in the return match.”

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini: “We have to congratulate Dani Alves and Gonzalo Higuain – sometimes we look to Gianluigi Buffon. We concede chances but when they come we have Gigi.”

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain: “I fight so hard for these moments. Goals were not coming for me in this competition but I knew I just had to stay calm and keep working hard.”

Scoreline

Monaco

Juventus

Higuaín (29′ minutes, 59′ minutes)

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