Monaco always faced a tall, tall task in trailing Juventus, 1-0, ahead of the two sides’ UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg on Wednesday, as the French hosts’ only hope of advancing to the semifinal round was to break down one of Europe’s stingiest, most organized defenses.
Geoffrey Kondogbia nearly put Monaco ahead on the day and level on aggregate in the 6th minute, but the French midfielder’s volleyed effort rose and swerved just over the crossbar of Gianluigi Buffon, who had no chance of making the save if the shot was on target. Kondogbia’a early effort would prove to be the game’s best chance.
Monaco remained the side on the front foot for much of the first half, with Juventus happy to sit deeper and soak up the pressure, making their way inside Monaco’s defensive half of the field on only a handful of occasions.
Despite holding over 58 percent of the game’s possession, Monaco could manage only one shot on target through 80 minutes. The game’s final 10 minutes saw the Ligue 1 side throw everything they had at Juventus, but the Italian giants held firm and secured their passage into the semifinals.
Juve will face one of Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich in the semifinals, where they’ll likely be heavy underdogs no matter the opponent they draw.
Monaco: Subasic, Raggi, Fabinho, Abdennour, Kurzawa, Kondogbia, Toulalan (Berbatov 46′), Silva, Moutinho, Carrasco (Carvalho 87′), Martial (Germain 76′)
Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Vidal (Pereyra 77′), Pirlo, Marchisio, Evra (Padoin 90′), Tevez, Morata (Llorente 69′)