After an intense match, Juventus emerged the victor against Monaco and advances to the Champions League semifinals despite a scoreless draw.

The Juves went into the match with a 1-0 lead, following their win in the first leg. With the lead, the team went for a more defensive play. On the other hand, Monaco pressed early in the match in an attempt to gain the upper hand.

Midfielder Geoffrey Kondogba led the Red and Whites’ offense in the first half, with him coming close to a goal in several instances. His first opportunity came in the fifth minute when he sent a fast one towards Juves goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon from 25 yards away, but Buffon was quick to respond and blocked the shot.

Another opportunity came for Kondogba in the 20th minute, where the ball nearly escaped Buffon’s palm. His third opportunity happened in the 36th but was stopped by Arturo Vidal and Giorgio Chiellini.

Monaco also nearly got a lucky shot in the 15th minute, after Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli fumbled trying to block Bernardo Silva’s cross and nearly sent the ball into the Juves’ own net.

While they are more on the defensive, Juventus also tried to attack in the closing minutes of the first half. Carlos Tevez attempted to score, but his shot from 25 yards away came in wide, with the half mark whistle signalling the end of play.

In the second half, Monaco was once again stepped up the pressure. Joao Moutinho nearly ended the scoreless stalemate in the 50th minute after he sent a cross that had Buffon scrambling desparately to deflect. However, defender Patrice Evra came in to assist the goalkeeper and drove the ball away from the line.

Midfielder Andrea Pirlo nearly gave Juventus a a late lead in the 90th minute, but his free kick ended up clipping the post and bouncing off.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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