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Much as expected, Juventus defeated AS Monaco in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals in Turin on Tuesday, with a 2-1 home win. The 4-1 aggregate victory put the Italian side into its second Champions League final in three seasons.
The odds were stacked against Monaco even before the game began. Juventus had won all previous 11 knockout ties against French opponents, while Monaco had never won in Italy.
Mario Mandzukic shot in the host’s first goal after an earlier header was saved by Danijel Subasic, but Dani Alves doubled the lead on Tuesday with a fast volley after the Monaco goalkeeper punched a clearance.
Monaco’s consolation prize was a goal from youngster Kylian Mbappe in the second half from a cross from Joao Moutinho. Mbappe’s goal was his team’s 150th this season in all competitions. Only Real Madrid (158) and Barcelona (160) have scored more from all the teams in the five big European leagues.
Juventus, who have not won this competition since 1996 and lost 3-1 to Barcelona in the 2015 final, will face either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid in Cardiff on June 3. Despite not winning the competition since 1996, no team has reached the Champions League final on more occasions than Juventus – six – level with AC Milan.
The AS Monaco Basketball team dominated their Spanish opponent from Unicaja Malaga on Wednesday night with a crushing 90 to 71 victory.
The first regatta of the year in the Principality was won by an Italian team captained by Claudia Rossi on the Petite Terrible-Adria Ferries at the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series.
The Red and Whites have gone three for three, starting the second half of the Ligue 1 season with a three-two win against Montpellier on the opponent’s home turf.
Boris Herrmann has hit a patch of doldrums in the Atlantic during this late stage of the Vendée Globe, saying that “the sea and sky are messy.” But progress is still being rapidly made.