Gonzalo Higuain came off his goal drought in the UEFA Champions league this season to help Juventus beat Monaco 2-0.
The Italian side dropped Cuadrado while Monaco stuck with their usual starting IX with Monaco having some good chances through Mbappe who was impressive throughout and Falcao.
However, it was Juve who dealt the first blow as Higuain scored the first goal off a Dani Alves assist and completed his brace in the second half off another Dani Alves assist.
Juventus kept a sixth straight clean sheet, a record in the history of the Champions league but much credit will go to Gianluigi Buffon who was in superb form to keep out Monaco’s attacks with his reflexes.
According to Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim, “Juventus had three chances and scored two goals. With three chances, we didn’t score.”
“Gianluigi Buffon produced some great saves and our lack of goals was because of him. He produces two or three wonderful saves. Juventus did not concede a goal, (which) was thanks to his efforts.” he concluded.
Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri also sang the tone of the 39 year old shot stopper, “Buffon’s top performances almost goes without saying when it comes to big games like this.
“Gigi is the best goalkeeper in the world and he has shown that in this game. The best players step up to the plate on nights like this,” he said.
Monaco will travel to Turin to face Juventus on May 11th where they will be praying for a miracle.
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Written by Chineze Ogugua.