Gonzalo Higuaín scored in each half as Juventus took a significant stride towards their second UEFA Champions League
final in three years with another faultless display at Monaco.
Juventus had conceded just twice in this season’s competition – and not at all in the knockout stage – but Monaco
were the first to threaten, 18-year-old Kylian Mbappé twice foiled by Gianluigi Buffon, 21 years his senior.
At the other end, Higuaín flashed a volley across goal, yet Monaco failed to heed the warning. Minutes later the
Argentinian’s clever pass set Dani Alves away down the right, and his improvised back-heel returned the ball for
Higuaín to supply an assured low finish.
Monaco came out positively after the break, with Buffon down smartly to deny Radamel Falcao and then saving at the
feet of Mbappé. Juve, however, came closer to the second goal as Monaco failed to clear their lines, leaving Claudio
Marchisio to bear down on goal; only a smart Danijel Subašić stop kept the hosts in touch.
The reprieve was brief as Paulo Dybala released Alves down the right; once more the delivery was perfect, a deep
cross inviting Higuaín to volley in from close range. Valère Germain’s late header was tipped over by Buffon as
Monaco sought a response but Juve held on for a fifth clean sheet in as many games in this season’s knockout rounds.