Gonzalo Higuain ended his woe in the Champions League knockout
stages with a crucial double as Juventus recorded a 2-0 away win
over Monaco to take full control of their semi-final tie.
Juve striker Higuain came into the match having only netted twice
in his last 24 knockout games in the competition, but banished his
reputation as a player who does not shine in big games by scoring
the same amount in a single match at Stade Louis II.
The Argentina international scored with a first-time finish in each
half, the impressive Dani Alves creating both goals to take the
sting out of Monaco, who had started strongly.
After keeping out a Monaco side who had scored 12 goals in the
knockout stages this season, Juveās rock-solid defence have now
conceded just twice in 11 Champions League games this season.
And Massimiliano Allegriās men are now strong favourites to reach
what would be their second final in three years when the two
teams meet for the second leg in Turin next Tuesday.
Real Madrid are the likely opponents for the winners of this tie in
Cardiff after defeating Atletico Madrid 3-0 in the first leg of their
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