The home crowd at the Juventus Stadium were fired up and right behind their team as the match kicked off, while the Monegasques had a whole section of the ground cheering them on. Having been a doubt for the game, the Bianconeri's playmaker Andrea Pirlo was on the team sheet for this quarter-final first leg, and it was he who laid on the first chance of the night for Morata, but the Spaniard sent his left-footed volley into the stands (6 mins). A few seconds later, Tevez fired in a long range effort that failed to trouble Subasic (7 mins). The match had started at a frenetic pace and AS Monaco's response was not long in coming, Kurzawa lining up a powerful shot from the edge of the area that flew narrowly over the top (8 mins). Going forward, the visitors were proving a handful for the Juventus defence, and in the 10th minute Carrasco found himself with a clear sight of goal following excellent work from Martial close to the penalty spot. The Belgian looked to slot home a side-footed effort, only for Buffon to make the block.
A closely matched first half
The Red & Whites were playing with confidence and freedom and Buffon was called into action again on 11 minutes to push another Carrasco effort behind for a corner. In the 18th minute, Kurzawa rose high to get his head to a Moutinho corner, but was unable to direct his effort on target. It wasn't until the 27th minute that Juventus threatened again, with Tevez scuffing a shot. Just after the half-hour mark, Vidal and Marchisio both registered attempts on goal from 20 yards out, without finding the target, with Carrasco doing the same moments later. With half-time approaching, Martial went down in the area under a heavy challenge from Chiellini, but the referee was unmoved by the ensuing penalty appeals (39 mins). The last word of the first half went to Juventus but Vidal lost his one-on-one duel with Subasic, scooping the ball well over the Monaco goal (45 mins).
Juventus gifted a spot-kick
AS Monaco were on the front foot again from the restart, with Dirar surging down the right. The Moroccan earned a corner, but Raggi was unable to keep his header on target. Moments later, Dirar was withdrawn to be replaced by Silva (50 mins). The Portuguese midfielder went close with his very first sight of goal, but saw his shot from a tight angle parried behind for a corner by Buffon (54 mins). That was a scare for Juventus, but the Old Lady enjoyed a spot of good fortune a minute later, as Carvalho inadvertently clipped the heel of Morata on the edge of the Monaco box. The foul took place outside the area, but the Spaniard's fall took him over the line and into the box, prompting the referee to award the harshest of penalties. Vidal gleefully accepted the gift, and found the top-right hand corner of Subasic's net from the spot. The Juventus supporters were jubilant, the Monegasque delegation left fuming (57 mins).
All still to play for
But Leonardo Jardim's men refused to let their heads drop, and Kondogbia stabbed a shot towards goal that Buffon was forced to turn behind for a corner (63 mins). It came to nothing. Morata was back in the thick of the action on 67 minutes, driving an effort into the side netting. With twenty minutes left Jardim rolled the dice, sending on Berbatov in place of Raggi as AS Monaco switched to two up-front for the rest of the game. Within two minutes of coming on, the Bulgarian got up to meet a Carrasco corner and sent a glancing header just over the bar (72 mins). That was the visitors' last chance and almost the last of the game, but Fabinho and Abdennour prevented Juventus from threatening again. The final score was 1-0, a frustrating result with AS Monaco deserving much more for their efforts. Nonetheless, the Red & Whites - wearing blue for the occasion - did succeed in keeping alive their chances for the return leg. All will be decided on Wednesday 22 April at the Stade Louis-II...