Juventus held AS Monaco at bay in the second-leg of their Champions League quarter-final to secure a 0-0 draw and advance to the final four.
The Italian giants won the first leg 1-0 in Turin following an Arturo Vidal goal, and that proved to be the tie’s decisive moment, with Monaco unable to respond home or away.
They gave a good shot in front of their home fans at the Stade Louis II on Wednesday evening, but were ultimately to fall short.
Indeed, Monaco can feel both proud and frustrated with their display.
For a side occasionally derided for being negative and for playing conservatively in Ligue 1, they sought to attack their opponents from the first whistle—a refreshing approach for Leonardo Jardim.
They immediately caught Juventus on the back foot, and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini was booked inside the first minute when he slipped and handled the ball on the ground.
Geoffrey Kondogbia sought to drive through the heart of the Old Lady’s backline, and threatened Gianluigi Buffon with several long-range efforts.
Similarly, Bernardo Silva was in inspired form on the right flank and looked the most likely to forge an opening.
However, it was Kondogbia who looked to have made the difference, when Chiellini and Vidal conspired to bring him down in the box.
The France international turned appealingly to the referee, but no penalty was forthcoming.
Indeed, Juventus’ first occasion only came at the end of the first-half, when Tevez sent a powerful shot wide.
Despite bringing Dimitar Berbatov into the fray at half-time, Monaco were unable to find the breakthrough.
They matched their illustrious opponents across the park, but will ultimately regret not taking their chances.
Juventus advance to the semi-finals where they will face one of Bayern Munich, Barcelona or Real Madrid.