Kylian Mbappe breaks two Champions League records in Monaco's defeat to Juventus
- Author: Julie Sanders May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 21:28
Brazilian Alves crossed for Mario Mandzukic to net the first goal in the semi-final, second leg and then scored the second through an explosive strike which, with Juve leading 2-0 from the first game, effectively finished off the tie by halftime.
While Alves will get most of the credit for an unbelievable showing in the semifinals, it was truly a team effort, as most Juventus wins are.
Kylian Mbappe's zip and zeal was rewarded with a second-half goal that rounds off a stunning debut season for the 18-year-old.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri wasn't getting carried away with his side's chances of winning the 2017 Champions League despite overseeing a 4-1 demolition of Monaco in their two-legged semifinal.
Turning his attention towards the Serie A title that is now within the Bianconeri's grasp, Allegri said "We need a point at Roma on Sunday, otherwise we'll have to beat Crotone to win the Scudetto". It was a lovely goal to cap off a attractive performance by Alves over the two legs. "I don't score very often, so I'm happy, but in a way I prefer the assist to a goal, so everyone goes home happy".
Juventus will take on either Atletico Madrid or Real Madrid in the final, with the Madrid duo preparing to meet in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday night.
My goal was useless but there can be no regrets about this European campaign.
When Barcelona dismantled Juventus in the Champions League final two years ago, Alves was a key part of the Spanish side. But the well-travelled Claudio Ranieri, whose long career included a stint managing Buffon at Juventus, says the case for Buffon is founded on more than patriotic fervour. "We have to improve certain things, because this squad is capable of improving". If we'd gone into the game and been cocky about it, we'd have had a really hard time.
Teenage star Kylian Mbappe pulled a goal back for the principality club after the break, his sixth of the competition.
Mbappe said the experience would prove useful to him personally, and to Leonardo Jardim's team as a whole.
The match started at a good pace as both the teams were looking to mark their authority on each other. "I don't think there are any favourites". It was not enough but we left with our heads held high. "My goal against Buffon didn't help anything, it's pretty much just anecdotal".