Juventus secured their place in the Champions League Final following an emphatic 4-1 aggregate victory over AS Monaco last night.
Leading 2-0 after the first leg, the Italian champions were hot favourites to qualify in front of their own fans and a Mandzukic goal and a brilliant Dani Alves volley both before half time put the tie beyond doubt.
Juventus had kept clean sheets in their last six Champions League games going into this one and when Mbappe finally broke free of the famous back line on 67 minutes the ageless Gianluigi Buffon was there to divert the attempt wide.
From an attack following the resulting corner Mbappe was finally able to break the Juventus resolve from close range. It was the first goal the Italians had conceded from open play in this seasons Champions League.
The game threatened to boil over shortly after, following an apparent stamp on Gonzalo Higuain but there was little in terms of goalmouth action as the Italians inevitably held firm.
Monaco have entertained in this seasons run to the Semi Finals seeing off Tottenham, Manchester City, and Borussia Dortmund and scoring 22 goals in the process, but The Old Lady of Italy proved too strong and in truth saw this tie off at a canter.
They will head to Cardiff for their second final in 3 seasons as a much more rounded side than the team that fell short against Barcelona 2 years ago, with the balance between defence and attack well and truly mastered and quality players all over the park they’ll be more than a match on June 3rd for Real Madrid, who barring miracles will progress tomorrow night to set up a repeat of the 1998 final.
It’s been quite a rollercoaster journey for Juventus since then and after tonight they’ll be confident of completing their return to the summit of European football, 21 years after they last lifted the famous trophy.