Friday 30 September 2016

Juve hold the edge

Published 15/04/2015 | 02:30

Arturo Vidal celebrates scoring Juventus' winning goal against Monaco during their Champions League quarter-final clash in Turin last night
Arturo Vidal celebrates scoring Juventus' winning goal against Monaco during their Champions League quarter-final clash in Turin last night
Juventus players celebrate their 1-0 victory against Monaco last night
Juventus' forward Carlos Tevez controls the ball against Monaco
Monaco's Joao Moutinho competes in the air for the ball with Andrea Pirlo of Juventus
Giorgio Chiellini of Juventus competes for the ball with Monaco's Anthony Martial

A controversial penalty handed Juventus a narrow 1-0 win over Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final in Turin last night.

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The Serie A leaders will travel to the principality next week having avoided shipping an away goal, despite the best efforts of Geoffrey Kondogbia late on.

Arturo Vidal scored his first goal of this season's competition in the 57th minute of an entertaining match after Ricardo Carvalho was judged to have fouled Alvaro Morata in the penalty box, although replays suggested contact happened outside the box.

Monaco had been denied a penalty of their own in the first half when Anthony Martial tangled with Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini.

"It's a huge injustice, there was no penalty," Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim fumed. "We put Juventus in difficulties, but the result was based on a non-existent situation in an evenly-balanced match."

Irish Independent

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