Last night Juventas took a giant stride towards a potential Champions League final with Real Madrid after defeating Leonardo Jardim’s exciting Monaco side in a game they controlled from start to finish in the first leg of their semifinal tie thanks to a brace of goals from Gonzalo Higuain. All while making it seem easy.
The match started with Juventus having to weather a bit of an early storm from AS Monaco, with the younger team starting out strong. Juventus, however came prepared for such an instance.
As soon as Juve had the lead, they delivered a masterclass in holding onto it.
Juventas started to capitalize on openings upon Monaco’s momentum slowing down with another counter attack striking up the pitch in eerily similar fashion to their first goal: Paulo Dybala feeding a Dani Alves run, and then a ball served up on a platter for Higuain to finish. They finished the chance with just as much poise as they had earlier in the match, handing Juventus a huge 2-0 lead on the road.
From there, it was more of a defensive mode from the Italian side, focusing more on frustrating Monaco’s efforts to chase down a goal of their own. Those efforts worked quite well, with Monaco struggling to create chances in front of goal, and when they did create chances, whoever was taking the shot generally had three Juventus players around him.
With two away goals in hand and a clean sheet so far, Juventas already have one hand on a place in the Champions League final in Cardiff — now it’s up to Monaco to see if they can find a way back into this tie and shock the world by taking that place for themselves.