Juventus 2-0 Monaco

Jardim's team have been prolific this season, but were unable to get past Juve and Buffon, and the Monaco coach said the shot-stopper was key.

Higuain, who had not scored in his previous seven outings in the knockout rounds of the Champions League, broke
the deadlock with a strike into the bottom corner from Alves' clever backheel. Juventus are yet to concede a goal in over 600 minutes of the Champions League.

The Italian side sat deep for spells, hitting Monaco with a flowing move for the opener before pouncing to rob Tiemoue Bakayoko deep in his own half before the second.

Gonzalo Huguain may be set to face his former Real Madrid side in this year's Champions League final.

Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain said Dani Alves had provided a "beautiful" assist for the first of his two goals in the 2-0 Champions League win at Monaco on Wednesday.

Juventus gave a masterclass in how to withstand pressure and then punish on the counter attack, with both of Higuain's goals coming after good Monaco spells.

With numerous young Rouges et Blancs outfit having no experience with the pressure of a title run in, PSG know that they can put the pressure back on Monaco earlier on Saturday with a victory at home to Bastia, now at the bottom of the table. Congratulations to all my players, as we gave a positive image of French football.

Buffon made two early saves from Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe with the score 0-0, thwarted top scorer Radamel Falcao with a fine stop just after the break and denied Monaco a lifeline with a stunning finger-tip save over the bar from substitute Valere Germain's close-range header in the last minute. "That's why I'm still working so hard, and it's clear that playing in such a team helps me, because it makes me happy and there's nothing better than working in such a positive environment".

With three chances, we didn't score,"he added".

"In every game I want to show that I deserve to play at this level despite my age", Buffon told UEFA after Wednesday's win.

Now Monaco must attempt to become just the third team ever to overturn a home first-leg deficit in the Champions League.

Ultimately the experience 39-year-old keeper said would be crucial before kick-off shone through as his side squeezed the life from Monaco, preventing the Ligue 1 leaders from scoring at home for the first time since November 2015. And the best thing to do to continue to believe, even if we have just a five percent chance of qualifying for the final, would be to win at Nancy in the league on Saturday.

  • Julie Sanders