Monaco meets its match in Buffon

Solenn Plantier
Mai 12, 2017

The Argentine forward, who gave Juventus a 2-0 away win in their Champions League semi-final first leg against Monaco, has a prolific scoring record overall. His assists today for the two goals were excellent.

He did, relentlessly, at both ends of the pitch.

Juventus put out a starting XI with an average age of 30.45 years, whereas Monaco fielded a much younger side with an average age of just 24.9.

During a frantic opening period, the first clear chance fell to Monaco hotshot Kylian Mbappe, who could only head straight at Gianluigi Buffon when found unmarked by Nabil Dirar.

Monaco, who are close to winning the Ligue 1 title, face a struggle to reach their second Champions League final after 2004, when they lost 3-0 to a Porto side coached by Jose Mourinho after a great run featuring wins over Real Madrid and Chelsea. "Gigi is the best goalkeeper in the world and he has shown that in this game".

"It's the team which is special, the defense is only something extra", Chiellini said.

Juventus started quickly, then Monaco have managed to seize the initiative several times to stretch Buffon, eliminate attacks Mbappe and Falcao. But we still have the return leg to play and we know that Monaco are capable anything with the attack that they have.

In between his strikes, Traore lined up 19-year-old Denmark striker Kasper Dolberg to score Ajax's second in the 34th minute, and Amin Younes added the hosts' third in the 49th minute.

"I talked to the players, I told them we needed to believe", Jardim said.

Striker Gonzalo Higuain has scored 29 goals this season (although he hasn't scored in a Champions League knock-out tie for four years) while the dynamic Paulo Dybala has been directly involved in 25 goals in his role just behind the striker.

In total, Juve have only conceded twice in 11 Champions League matches in 2016-17.

"I didn't expect Dani Alves to backheel it, but when he did it I just went for it".

Massimiliano Allegri praised his veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon and said the Italy global proved he is the world's best goalkeeper in Juventus' Champions League semi-final victory over Monaco on Wednesday night.

Those two saves were more than Buffon had to make from Luis Suarez and Neymar in the previous round - combined across two legs.

The difference in composure was emphatically highlighted on the second goal. Alves delivered a hanging ball from wide on the right and Higuain escaped the attentions of Glik to apply a first-time finish.

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