If AS Monaco were to get anything from this game, they needed to start like a train. And that’s precisely what they did. Inside the first minute, Chiellini was guilty of a handball 30 yards from goal. The Monegasques won a good free kick, but the Juve defence cleared Carrasco’s scuffed effort. Roared on by a fervent home crowd, Kondogbia had a pop from the edge of the area, but saw his shot sail just over the bar (5 mins). Juve responded in the 8th minute, but Subasic produced a perfect stop to keep out Tevez’ strike. With a quarter of an hour gone, Barzagli was inches away from putting the ball past Buffon and into his own net as he cleared a Silva cross behind for a corner!
Kondogbia denied a penalty
The Bianconeri were under the cosh and Kondogbia forced another save from Buffon in the 20th minute, with a shot from the edge of the box. “Kondo” was the standout performer in the early part of the game, winning tackles and getting involved in all of AS Monaco’s best attacking moves. He was to the fore again in the 36th minute as he drove into the Juve box, but the French international was brought down by a combination of Chiellini and Bonucci. The referee waved away the penalty appeals. The decision was particularly hard to swallow, given that Juventus owed their first leg win to a penalty that never was... The sides went in 0-0 at the break, and Leonardo Jardim’s men still had everything to play for.
Buffon gets there ahead of Berbatov
The Portuguese coach made an attacking change at half-time, introducing Berbatov in place of Toulalan, and it almost paid off in the 49th minute when the Italian defence was forced to scramble away a free kick struck by Carrasco from out wide. Despite a Morata effort that was ruled offside in the 51st minute, AS Monaco were keeping the pressure on Juve. After a poorly taken corner, Berbatov came close to breaking the deadlock from a weak Italian clearance, but was narrowly beaten to the ball by Buffon in the penalty area. Following another Monegasque corner, the Italians launched a counter-attack, but Morata was tackled by the imperious Abdennour as he homed in on goal. On the hour mark, Kondogbia sent another shot just over the bar, before Silva was off-target with a similar effort.
Nothing left in the tank...
On 66 minutes, Kurzawa got his head to a Carrasco corner, but was unable to direct his effort on goal. With time ticking into the final fifteen minutes, AS Monaco no longer had the energy to keep up their incessant attacks. A string of substitutions by either side followed, with the Bianconeri looking to run down a few more seconds at every opportunity, and the home side’s chances were gone. In added time, Pirlo cracked a free kick against the outside of Subasic’s post. Despite being dominated and pulled this way and that, Juventus refused to crack. They owe their semi-final place to a poor refereeing decision, but AS Monaco can be proud of their great run on their return to the UEFA Champions League.