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Mandžukić Surpasses Subašić to Advance Juventus to Champions League Finals

21 Mai 2017

The match in Juventus" home turf in Turin saw a dominant "Bianconeri' in the first half, as Mario Mandzukic and Dani Alves put their team 2-0 up in the first 45 minutes.

The Italian admitted Kamil Glik's alleged stamp on Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain gave the hosts a jolt on the night.

He now has a chance to win a remarkable fourth Champions League title, probably against his former club's arch-rivals Real Madrid, who take a commanding lead into the second leg of their semi-final against city rivals Atletico on Wednesday.

Tonight, Alves pulled out another assist and a wonder goal on the volley from outside the box.

In the final, they lost 3-0 to a Jose Mourinho-led FC Porto side.

Juventus booked their place in the final of the Champions League courtesy of a 4-1 aggregate victory over AS Monaco. "Today we learnt a lot, I learnt a lot and we'll try to come back next season better armed".

Mandžukić Surpasses Subašić to Advance Juventus to Champions League Finals
Mandžukić Surpasses Subašić to Advance Juventus to Champions League Finals

Last week the 39 year old swapped shirts with the teenage striker after the match explaining why he specifically wanted to swap with the Frenchman he said, "I swapped my shirt with Mbappe because when I was young nobody wanted to do that with me and I hated it".

The 34-year-old has nearly single-handedly delivered the Old Lady into the final of this year's Champions League with his stellar performance over two legs of their semifinal vs. Monaco. A corner was punched out by Subasic and as the ball dropped to Alves 25 yards from goal, the former Barcelona defender volleyed it into the net before taking the deserved plaudits of the Turin crowd. We're loving the new system, so we just have to go to Cardiff and play the best game in the history of Juventus.

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has said that an early goal could be the catalyst for an upset.

Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said that reaching the final isn't enough for a club of Juventus' stature and Allegri agreed with the custodian. "Now we are going to focus on the league".

Mbappe's goal was Monaco's 150th this season in all competitions; only Real Madrid (158) and Barcelona (160) have scored more from the big five European leagues.

"We are very happy to have been in this semi-final, I'm very proud of the players". We again leave with our heads high.

Mandžukić Surpasses Subašić to Advance Juventus to Champions League Finals