Watch: Mario Mandzukic, Dani Alves goals help Juventus clinch UCL final place
Juventus is headed back to the UEFA Champions League final, following its 2-0 edge win in the first leg of the semifinals vs. Monaco with a standout 2-1 showing in Turin, advancing on a 4-1 aggregate.
Gonzalo Higuain's two goals in Monaco in the first leg already had Juventus on course for a place in the June 3 final in Cardiff, and the uphill climb was made even tougher for Monaco when Mario Mandzukic and Dani Alves scored in the first half of Tuesday's second leg. Juventus wound up having its Champions League shutout streak snapped at 690 minutes by 18-year-old rising star Kylian Mbappe, but that only cut into the aggregate advantage.
Juventus gets another chance at European glory after falling to Barcelona at the final hurdle in 2015. Waiting in the final will be either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid, with the former taking a commanding 3-0 lead into the second leg after Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick at home last week.
Mbappe nearly scored off a freak play in the early going, though he was ruled offside anyway. He beat Gianluigi Buffon, 21 years his senior, to a deflected shot that lofted in the air, and his first-time effort hit off the far post. Despite the offside flag going up, it offered an early warning sign.
Higuain had a great chance to put Monaco in a three-goal hole, but he opted to chip Danijel Subasic from close range, and had his attempt cleared by Kamil Glik before it could reach the goal line.
Subasic then took matters into his own hands with a great save on Mandzukic from close range just a couple of minutes later. Immediately after that, Mandzukic put a 15-yard header just wide of the goal, with Juventus starting to take control of the match.
Mandzukic finally got his goal in the 33rd minute. Again, it was Dani Alves providing the set-up, as he did in the first leg. Mandzukic had his initial header saved by Subasic, but he was quick to fling home the rebound, giving Juventus a 3-0 aggregate lead.
As if he hadn't done enough this series, Dani Alves all but punched Juventus's ticket to Cardiff with a sensational volley to make it 4-0 on aggregate just before halftime. Subasic's punch off a corner kick fell to the Brazilian fullback outside the area, and he hit it perfectly and powerfully to make it 2-0 on the day.
Mbappe finally broke through for Monaco in the 69th minute, redirecting a cross from Joao Moutinho home from the goal mouth. The goal was the first allowed by Juventus in the knockout stage, and the first conceded in 690 minutes in Champions League play.
Things got chippy as the second half went on, with Higuain having his knee stomped by Glik in an ugly fashion.
There was bickering and some physicality beyond that, but Monaco couldn't chip away any more, and Juventus can continue to set its sights on a treble, with the club on the cusp of clinching a sixth straight Serie A title and having reached the Coppa Italia and Champions League finals.