Brazilian stars as Juventus reaches Euro final

Juventus' Dani Alves celebrates after scoring his side's second goal in the 2-1 Champions League second-leg semi-final win over Monaco.
Juventus' Dani Alves celebrates after scoring his side's second goal in the 2-1 Champions League second-leg semi-final win over Monaco. Luca Bruno

FOOTBALL: Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri says his side has a "good chance" of winning the Champions League after a 2-1 win over Monaco sealed a 4-1 semi-final success over two legs.

Juve, which can secure a sixth Serie A title on Sunday at Roma and is in the Italian Cup final, lost 3-1 to Barcelona in the Champions League final in 2015 but Allegri said the side had moved on and was ready for this year's decider in Cardiff on June 3.

"I think we have a good chance of winning the trophy," Allegri said.

"We have all grown since 2015, including myself, and getting to the final is no easy thing. The Champions League is a serious competition.

"Now we are in the crucial phase of the season because we have not won anything yet.

"In order we have the championship, the Italian Cup and the Champions: there is no time for slacking, we have to take care of the details and we have a month to get ready for Cardiff."

Brazilian Dani Alves was the inspiration in the second-leg in Turin, setting up the first goal for Mario Mandzukic before scoring the second on the stroke of half-time with a fantastic volley.

Kylian Mbappe scored a consolation goal in the 69th minute for Monaco, as Juventus remained on course for the treble.

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim batted off suggestions that Tuesday might have been the last big night for his talented young squad before its brightest stars are lured away.

"I am going to stay and I think all the players are going to stay. In three years time this squad will be 25, 30 percent better."

Defending champion Real Madrid was favourite to face Juventus in the final as it took a 3-0 lead into Thursday morning's second leg with Atletico Madrid.

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said he expected Juve to be facing Real in Cardiff and said the Italians would be anything but underdogs.

"This Juve is stronger than it was in 2015. There are many of the same players but with more experience of this level.

"The final is two teams with many quality players and experience of matches like that - it could go either way. I don't think there are any favourites."

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