Juventus played like a team with an extra man in a dominant attacking display in front of 16,762 crowd at Stade Louis II in France on Tuesday night in the UEFA Champions League semi-final as the Serie A champions are set to face Real Madrid in this year’s final in Cardiff.

The visitors were excellent on the evening, attacking efficiently to grab a 2-0 lead to take back to home turf in Turin.

Monaco meanwhile could find no breakthrough and after falling 2-0 down looked like they had given up as their attacks slowed to pretty much walking pace.

A brace from Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain ensured Juventus left France with two away goals which puts them in comfortable position ahead of the second leg tie.

Former Barcelona right-back Dani Alves created both goals for Juve, but Monaco enjoyed early chances and 39-year-old Buffon was required to make two early reflex saves to keep out teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe.

Higuain netted his first goal when Alves was released down the right flank and produced the flick to outfox Glik and find Higuain who escaped Tiemoue Bakayoko and swept the ball confidently past ‘keeper Danijel Subasic.

Juve’s second goal came via the same man, as Subasic denied Claudio Marchisio but Higuain made no mistake as he drifted away from Glik and converted on the half-volley from a cross by Alves after Bakayoko had been dispossessed in his own half.

The second leg in Turin might as well be a formality, with Monaco’s chances of getting a reprieve looking increasingly meagre especially with Juventus’ incredible defensive home record as they have not conceded three goals at home since November 2013.


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