Monaco crashed out of the Uefa Champions League after drawing 0-0 with Italian giants Juventus in their second leg clash on Wednesday at the Stade Louis II. Leonardo Jardim’s men took the game to the visitors but failed to challenge Gianluigi Buffon throughout the match. Occasionally the match would sway both ways as Juve protected their 1-0 lead from the first leg and pushed to increase it.
In the seventh minute Carlos Tevez headed his effort straight at Monaco’s keeper after pouncing on Andrea Pirlo pass. Both teams cancelled each other’s advances until the 27th minute when Joao Moutinho skipped past Arturo Vidal, played a one-two with Anthony Martial but proceeded to direct his effort over the post. Again the game went into end-to-end stuff as each defence stood tall in protecting their goal.
This saw the match go into half-time as a stalemate. Five minutes into the second half Ferreira Carrasco was fouled and awarded a free kick in a good position. However the playmaker produced a poor cross which was easily dealt with by the defence.
Three minutes later Alvaro Morata forced an excellent save out of the keeper. He later found out that he had been judged for offside anyway. In the 59th minute Pirlo’s pass split the home team’s defence.
The pass found Morata, whose second touch failed him, but he lost position to the annoyance of Tevez, who was waiting for a pass in the box. After 66 minutes Patrice Evra made a break on the left wing. The Frenchman cut in a low pass quickly which landed at the feet of Claudio Marchisio – who saw his effort drag wide from 30 yards out.
In the 79th minute substitute Dimitar Berbatov’s flick to Bernardo Silva failed to make an impact and another attack was broken down by Massimiliano Allegri’s men. The best chance of the game came from a moment of magic from Pirlo. From 30 yards out and in referee’s added time the Italian maestro struck the corner of the crossbar as the ball dipped as it was approaching its target.
The match ended as it had started. The Old Lady advances to the semi-finals by means of a 1-0 aggregate.