Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Higuain double sends Juve close to Champions League final

Higuain double sends Juve close to Champions League final

With two away goals for Juventus, Monaco will have to hope they can do the same and take the game to extra time. However, they've generally struggled when the top teams have visited, losing all four of their home games against top-five opposition and scoring only one goal across these.

The excellent Miralem Pjanic started the move, Dani Alves delivered a brilliant backheel assist and Higuain calmly slotted beyond Danijel Subasic.

He now has 31 goals this season following his 90 million euro (US$98 million) transfer from SSC Napoli, helping Juve close on a potential treble.

Juventus Gianluigi Buffon tips a shot over the crossbar
REUTERS Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon tips a shot over the crossbar

Experience triumphs over youth. Mbappe has a long - and hopefully bright - future but following Monaco's 2-0 first-leg defeat it looks like he will not become a Champions League victor this year. The Old Lady's back three had seen it all before, and marshalled the young hitman brilliantly. "The best thing is to believe it is possible, even if we only have a 5 percent chance", he said. He produced two or three wonderful saves. Higuain stretched, made the ideal connection and Juventus were two up.

Dani Alves has always been known more for his attacking flair than his defensive ability, which is why there were some doubts about whether he truly was the ideal right-back for Juventus. Subs: Lemina N/A, Rincon 6, Cuadrado 6. The Argentine global passed the ball to Alves on the right, before the latter fed Higuain for his second goal of the match. Chance of the game for the in-form Mbappe.

Another old head then came sniffing, with Buffon scampering to deal with Radamel Falcao's looping header from a Dirar cross. He regularly tested his aim against Juve, worrying Gianluigi Buffon - 21 years his senior - with shots after cutting inside from the left.

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Higuain scored a goal in each half on Wednesday, doubling his tally from 24 previous matches in the knockout stages. Higuain with the finish, but the football was sublime from beginning to end. "We'll have to try and score early on". Marchisio plays it into Dybala, who delightfully flicks the ball into path of Alves, who carries it into the box.

"Nobody can say anymore that Higuain doesn't score in the Champions League".

The two combined again in the second half.

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59' - GOAL! Monaco 0-2 Juventus.

Interviewed by Jtv, Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira talked about the Champions League action, Massimiliano Allegri and the team's growth, and Saturday's derby against Turin. Game over? Same combination team up to make it two.

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