Serie A giants Juventus have reached the Champions League final for the fifth time since 1996 after beating French club Monaco 4-1 on aggregate, following a 2-1 win over the youthful Ligue 1 side in Turin on Tuesday night.
Monaco were this season’s surprise contenders after coming through qualifying to reach the last four, seeing off the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund. But tackling such a disciplined Italian side was a tie too far for Leonardo Jardim’s exciting young team, who lead Ligue 1 ahead of Paris Saint-Germain.
Having led 2-0 from the first leg in France last week, Juventus had no chill at all after Mario Mandzukic put them ahead 33 minutes into the game before Brazilian defender Dani Alves volleyed in a superb second just before half-time.
Monaco’s 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe netted a consolation in the 69th minute, but the final outcome was never in doubt as Massimiliano Allegri’s men booked their place at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, where they will face either Real or Atletico Madrid on June 3rd.
Juve have lost four continental finals since they last lifted an European Cup 21 years ago.