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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Latest Sports Live Commentary: Monaco 0-1 Juventus

Latest sports gist as the hosts come into this match having won seven of their last eight in all competitions and looking to reach the final for just the second time in their history.

According to report gathered Juventus, on the other hand, have progressed from seven of their last eight Champions League semi-finals and come into this one still in the hunt for a treble this season.

Make sure you don't miss a moment of the action courtesy of our minute-by-minute updates below.

45 min HALF TIME: Monaco 0-1 Juventus

44 min Higuain now has 30 goals for the
second consecutive season, but he has been accused of failing to shine in the big games in the past. Not today, though!

42 min Monaco's pressure is just beginning to grow a little bit more towards the end of this half, but Juventus are looking solid and have done ever since that good spell for the hosts between the 14th and 20th minutes.

40 min Monaco come forward through Mbappe again, and the youngster tries to find Falcao in the box with an outside-of-the-boot cross. It almost makes it too, but it is cut out before Juventus eventually complete the clearance.

38 min SAVE! The resulting free kick is of interest to both Dybala and Pjanic, but it is the former who takes it on and curls one over the wall that Subasic collects with minimum fuss. Decent effort, but not good enough.

37 min YELLOW CARD! Fabinho goes into the book for a crunching challenge on Pjanic.

35 min Here is that clinical team move from Juventus in all its glory...

33 min Monaco look for an immediate response as Lemar swings a lovely free kick into a very dangerous area, but Higuain gets a crucial toe to it before it finds Bakayoko. What's more, the officials didn't see the touch and Juventus have a goal kick to relieve the pressure.

31 min That is a devastating reminder for Monaco of the fine margins at which matches at this level can be decided. Monaco have had chances themselves to be ahead, but they could end up ruing them following that crucial away goal.

29 min First blood goes to Juventus, and what a fine team goal this is from the visitors! Marchisio, Dybala and Alves are all involved in a slick team move that cuts Monaco apart with a series of quick passes and lovely flicks. Alves caps it off with a lovely back-heel into the path of Higuain, who strokes his finish into the bottom corner.

29 min GOAL! Monaco 0-1 Juventus (Gonzalo Higuain)

27 min No goals so far, but this match is finely poised as we approach the half-hour mark. It has ebbed and flowed between the two sides, with both enjoying spells in the ascendancy so far.

25 min CHANCE! Decent sight of goal for Juve as Chiellini flicks a corner on to the back post, where Higuain is waiting. The striker tries a first-time volley, but hooks it back across the face of goal when he should have at least hit the target. He got that one all wrong.

23 min We're midway through the first half now and, after a bright start from Juventus, it is Monaco who have created the best chances of the game and perhaps should be in front.

21 min YELLOW CARD! The first card of the night is shown to Bonucci for a rash sliding challenge on Falcao.

20 min CHANCE! The original corner comes to nothing, but the ball soon arrives back into the middle and Glik climbs highest. The defender cannot steer his header on target, though.

19 min CHANCE! Another sight of goal for the hosts as Falcao soars above Barzagli at the back post and gets a good, firm header towards goal. It may just be clipping the post on the way behind, but Buffon is taking no chances and pushes it wide.

18 min Juventus will be relatively pleased with how they have started this match, but they have already dodged two warning shots from Mbappe and they may not be so lucky if there is a third time. Mbappe again goes dancing down the right touchline here, but this time his cross is blocked.

16 min CHANCE! You just cannot switch off from this Monaco attack for one second. Dirar curls a fine ball around the defence for Mbappe, whose pace and movement leaves the defence for dead. He gets a good first-time touch on his volley to turn it goalwards too, but Buffon makes a really smart save down low to his left.

14 min Marchisio's eyes light up as the ball drops kindly to him just outside the area, but he gets his attempted volley all wrong and skews it a long way off target.

14 min CHANCE! Big chance at the other end of the field as Mbappe peels away from Manzukic in the box and has a free header in the middle of the area. It really is a great chance for the youngster, but he plants his header straight at Buffon.

12 min CHANCE! Chance for Juventus to grab an early away goal here, and it is more fine football from the visitors. Alves fires the ball into the area for Higuain, but he can't make the most of the opening.

10 min Lovely football between Alves and Dybala as the pair exchange passes to send Alves to the byline down the right channel. Mandzukic wants the ball stood up at the back post, but Alves instead fires a low one straight into the arms of the keeper.

8 min Poor from Monaco as they give the ball straight to Dybala, who embarks on a good run down the left flank before pulling the ball back towards Higuain. The striker looks set to collect it just outside the area, but mysteriously falls over before he can get there and a decent position goes begging.

5 min Juve have made a good, confident start to this match as they look to settle into the game quickly. Still very early days, but it has been a promising opening so far.

3 min The first thing to tell you is that Juve have indeed gone for three at the back as expected once the team sheets were released. Interesting to see how both teams adapt to that!

1 min KICKOFF: Here we go then! We're underway at the Stade Louis II for this mouth-watering contest!

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