Sunday 20 August 2017

Juventus' win over Monaco was all about Dani Alves, and it's got some Barcelona fans feeling mournful

If you’re a Barca fan, you might not want to watch this volley…

By Edward Dracott

Juventus have beaten Monaco to book their place in the Champions League final – and it seems they’ve got a lot to thank right back Dani Alves for.

The Brazilian signed from Barcelona on a free transfer last year and produced an assist and a goal in the game at the Juventus Stadium. Not just any goal either – this goal.

That sumptuous volley pretty much sealed it for Juve, adding to the two goals they amassed without reply in the previous leg at Monaco’s Stade Louis II. Two goals which were both assisted by – you guessed it – Alves.

His assist on Tuesday’s game was quite something too…

A tremendous ball like that from a full back is enough to make any team jealous – it’s not often you can say Spanish dream team Barcelona might be feeling some player-envy however.

The Catalan club let Alves leave for nothing last summer despite him still having a year left on his contract – so watching Alves’ perform so well must be pretty painful.

Indeed, some came forward to admit they missed the Brazilian.

While others decided to help make their friend’s voices heard.

Well, we think it’s for his friend…

The game eventually finished 2-1, as Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe scored to become the youngest player in history to score in a Champions League semi final aged 18 years and 140 days.

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The goal also brought to an end a streak from Juventus of 689 minutes without conceding a goal in the competition. In the final they will face either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid in the final – Los Blancos are currently 3-0 up in the other semi-final which will be concluded tomorrow at Atletico’s Vicente Calderon stadium.

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