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Champions League: Old Lady cage Monaco in France

Juventus has put one foot into the final of the Champions League courtesy of a 2-0 away win over AS Monaco in the first leg of their semi-final on Wednesday.
A Gonzalo Higuain brace at the Stade Louis II was enough to put Massimiliano Allegri’s side in complete control of the tie at the halfway stage as they look to reach their second final in the space of three years to keep their treble hopes alive.
Monaco must now score twice in Turin next Tuesday if they are to stand any chance of reaching just their second final in the competition, but will face a Juventus side who have now kept six consecutive clean sheets in the competition.
The match was billed as a fascinating contest between Monaco’s youthful and free-scoring attackers against Juve’s battle-hardened and experienced defence, but it was the visitors who made the more positive start to the contest and both Dani Alves and Higuain failed to make the most of half-chances in the opening 15 minutes.
Higuain missed one chance to punish the hosts when he could only fire a Giorgio Chiellini flick-on back across the face of goal, but the Argentine made no mistake with his next sight of goal as he brought up 30 for the season by finishing off a brilliant team move.
Monaco failed to heed that warning, though, and they were punished again shortly before the hour mark when Tiemoue Bakayoko was dispossessed on the halfway line. Dybala went on to give the ball out to Alves, who in turn delivered an inch-perfect cross for Higuain to roll home his second of the night at the back post.