Monaco eye history-making comeback against Juventus

Monaco eye history-making comeback against Juventus

2351 hrs IST: Welcome to the coverage of the second leg of the Champions League semi-final between Juventus and Monaco.

Last Saturday night, the Turin derby versus Torino was played.

The Bianconeri have a huge week ahead of them.

The Italians have won all 11 knockout ties against Ligue 1 opponents.

Higuain made the difference in the first leg with his brace.

Add in the fact that no team has ever come back from first-leg 2-0 deficit in the semifinals in Champions League history and you have a pretty good idea of the very big mountain Monaco will have to climb.

Allegri can't count only on long-term absentees Marko Pjaca and daniele Rugani. The German will compete for a midfield spot with Claudio Marchisio and Miralem Pjanic. The back line of Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli are more than familiar with shutting all possible routes to goal against the best of teams. They ended up losing to Jose Mourinho's Porto in that match and now they have to defeat a Juventus team who have kept six successive clean sheets in the competition.

Boschilia is definitely out, while Mendy is doubtful, but will probably be in the lineup.

Awaiting Juventus in the final at Cardiff is either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid, most probably the former, and it would be hard to deny them a victory on their second final appearance in three years.

Juventus haven't conceded a goal for 621 minutes, which is the longest run in the Champions League now.

Mbappe almost scored off a freak play in the early going, though he was ruled offside anyway. It has won 29 of its last 35 European games at the stadium, with only two losses.

Juventus have won all of their previous two-legged ties in the Champions League against French opposition. They can still win the Scudetto this Sunday, their sixth in a row, if they draw or win away at Roma, their nearest challengers but still seven points behind.

The next game on Tuesday will be the seventh in-game meeting of these teams.

AS Monaco face an uphill task to overturn the two-goal deficit from the first leg at Stade Louis II.

- The Serie A leaders are unbeaten in 12 Champions League/European Cup games for the first time in their history (W9 D3).

Prediction: Juventus wins 2-0. The onus in particular, will be on Radamel Falcao to lead the young attacking unit with his wealth of experience.

With Juventus in the driving seat and set to control the pace and tempo of the game, Unders is an appealing bet, especially as it's the underdog of two in the market. They showed a strong determination in the first leg and performed brilliantly. They can still consider themselves the most complete team there is, in all aspects of the game, and they have an excellent chance of ending their 20-year drought in this competition on 3 June.

Dybala wasted possession on the edge of the Monaco box which led to Silva breaking towards Buffon's goal, but his pass through to Falcao failed to find the Colombia striker.

None of the two goals conceded by Juventus in this season's Champions League have come from open play.

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