Juventus beats Monaco 2-1 to reach Champions League final

After playing a starring role in Juventus' Champions League semi-final victory over AS Monaco, the question on many people's minds is can Dani Alves win this year's Ballon d'Or? "It doesn't change anything for me if it is against Real Madrid, it would be a great match in world football".

Juventus will be attempting to end a 21-year wait for a European trophy.

"We had a fantastic midfield when we played in Berlin, but I don't think we're any worse off this season".

Monaco coach Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim says he is proud of his players despite their exit from this season's UEFA Champions League.

No other French team has made the last four a couple of times.

If there is a holy trinity of clubs right now - Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich - then where do you put the team that has gotten the better of all three just since 2015? After all, we've seen everything come together for a club, vaulting them into the upper echelon until they're sold off and the team goes back to mediocrity.

Juventus coach Max Allegri stuck with the same 3-4-3 formation that picked up a 2-0 win from the first leg, with the returning Sami Khedira pulled off after 10 minutes for Claudio Marchisio following a hamstring injury.

The French side nearly got off to the flawless start when Mbappe knocked the ball past veteran Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon but his effort came back off a post and the offside flag meant it would not have counted anyway.

Radamel Falcao then blasted over the crossbar two minutes later.

Gonzalo Higuain burst into the area and chipped Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, but defender Kamil Glik hooked the ball clear.

Mandzukic's header was brilliantly saved by Subasic but the goalkeeper could do nothing as his fellow Croatian fired home the rebound.

Juventus doubled its tally just before halftime.

Brazilian wing-back Alves's 25-yard strike followed Mario Mandzukic's opener for the treble-chasing Italian champions as any semblance of a contest was snuffed out by half-time.

His cross was clipped low from the byline and Mbappe showed quick feet to bundle it over the line in a manner reminiscent of a young Thierry Henry, also once a Monaco prodigy.

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