Juventus vs Monaco as it happened: Mario Mandzukic and Dani Alves fire Italian champions into final

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Juventus defender Dani Alves produced in an inspired display capped by a stunning volleyed goal in a 2-1 win over AS Monaco that took the Italians into their second Champions League final in three years on Tuesday.

Relive all of the live action below:

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Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of Juventus vs Monaco, where the plucky Ligue 1 leaders will attempt to do what only one side has managed all season: score two goals at against the Italian champions in their own back-yard. 
 
They'll need to score three to win outright, mind, as Juventus won the first-leg of this Champions League semi-final 2-0. They're the overwhelming favourites to progress to the final in Cardiff, but Monaco have made a habit of upsetting the odds this season.
 
Team news coming your way! 
Here's the Juventus team...
And here's how Monaco will line-up this evening...
 
And once again in the good old-fashioned style:
 
Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Dani Alves, Pjanic, Khedira, Alex Sandro, Dybala, Higuain, Mandzukic.
Subs: Neto, Benatia, Cuadrado, Marchisio, Asamoah, Lichtsteiner, Rincon. 
 
Monaco: Subasic, Raggi, Glik, Jemerson, Sidibe, Dirar, Bakayoko, Joao Moutinho, Bernardo Silva, Falcao, Mbappe-Lottin. 
Subs: De Sanctis, Fabinho, Carrillo, Germain, Mendy, Lemar, Diallo. 
 
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland) 
Here are a few pictures of the Juventus Stadium, where the players are currently out on the pitch having a merry old wander around.
 
 
 
Is there any chance of Juventus suffering from elimination this evening? Only if Monaco make history. Here's Jack Pitt-Brooke with more:
 
Can Monaco keep hold of Mbappe?
 
The 18-year-old striker is one of the hottest properties in world football and has been linked with a move to just about every European superclub over the past month, and Monaco may find it difficult to hold onto the youngster.
 
Predictably, the club have slapped a £100m price-tag on their greatest asset, but the fact that he only has 2-years to run on his current deal mean there is a strong chance of him joining a new club this summer.
 
He returns to Monaco's starting XI this evening, and will no doubt be closely watched by a small army of talent scouts. 
Monaco have to make their own little piece of Champions League history if they are to progress to the final tonight, but if any European strike-force can get the better of that seemingly impenetrable defence, it's surely Monaco's.
 
 
They've scored 21 goals in the competition this season, twice more than Juventus, with Falcao and Mbappe scoring 10 goals between them. 
 
Monaco have also scored over 60% of their goals in this season's competition in the first-half, so expect them to come racing out of the blocks this evening. 
Here come the two teams! And what a fantastic atmosphere there is at the Juventus Stadium this evening...
And this is what they're playing for...
1 min: Kick-off! We're under way at the Juventus Stadium!
2 mins: Early chance for Monaco! They fling the ball into the box but Buffon does just enough to tip it away from danger. 
4 mins: Monaco with all the early possession and Juventus, predictably, sitting back and allowing the French side to dominate the ball. 
6 mins: So close Monaco!
 
Juventus have started at a very slack pace and they step off Moutinho, who is allowed to dribble forwards before unleashing a speculative shot from range.
 
He hits it well enough but his attempt is deflected, and looks as though it's to bounce out for a goal-kick.
 
But, quick as a flash, Mbappe hops forward and gets to the ball before Buffon, and attempts to roll it across the keeper and into the far corner of the net. He goes very close: the ball hits the base of the post and bounces out. 
 
The flag is also up for offside. But still - a chance!
8 mins: Monaco maintaining their early pressure. Falcao has a shot from m-i-l-e-s out and it whistles narrowly over the bar. 
 
 
11 mins: This isn't ideal for Juventus. After weathering that early storm, Khedeira has gone down clutching his hamstring.
 
He signals to the bench that he's unable to continue and is replaced by the experienced Marchisio. 
14 mins: Despite that early substitution, Juventus have settled down and are looking much more comfortable. 
 
Mandzukic does well to control a lung punt forward and lays off Dybala, who is off-balance as he takes his shot and screws the ball wide. 
17 mins: Mbappe is fed into some space down the left but is stopped by a crunching tackle from Dani Alves. 
 
So, Monaco chance their arm down the right. Bakayoko drifts out wide and hits a deep cross into the Juventus box, but it's competently cleared. 

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What time does it start?

The match kicks off at 7:45pm on Tuesday 8th May

Where can I watch it?

It will be shown live on BT Sport 2 with coverage beginning at 7pm. Highlights will be shown at 00:00 midnight the same evening.

It’s a big game for…

Kylian Mbappe. The 18-year-old forward has quickly transformed from Monaco’s young star to the man who represents their best chance of success in Turin. Having conceded two away goals, Monaco will need to go for broke in attempt to take an early lead against the Italian champions, and it is Mbappe’s pace, skill and goalscoring prowess which gives his side the best chance of doing that.

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Monaco could not break down Juventus' defence in the first leg (Getty)

Best stat

Juventus have won all of their last eleven knockout ties against French opposition.

Player to watch...

Leonardo Bonucci. The centre half is central to Juventus’ famed defensive record, which has seen them concede just 23 goals in 35 domestic games and, unbelievably, only two in a Champions League run which includes keeping a clean sheet over two legs against Barcelona. He is outstanding both physically and technically, with the ability to prioritise defensively but provide a platform with his passing. Monaco have an uphill task overturning the two goal deficit with Bonucci and Co. in their way.

Past three meetings…

Monaco 0-2 Juventus, Champions League, May 2017

Monaco 0-0 Juventus, Champions League, April 2015

Juventus 1-0 Monaco, Champions League, April 2015

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Higuain scored both goals in the first leg (Getty)

Form...

Juventus: DWDWD

Monaco: WLWLW 

Odds...

Juventus to win: 3/5

Monaco to win: 17/4

Draw: 29/10

(Odds provided by 888 sport

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