Monaco beaten by Juventus 1-0 in first leg of Champions League quarterfinal
A controversial penalty handed Juventus a narrow 1-0 win over Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday, leaving everything to play for in next week’s return match in the principality.
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 box.
“It’s a great injustice, the penalty was non-existent and I hope that doesn’t have an influence on the final result of this tie,” Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said. “I thought we would get a better result. But we showed that we are well organized, that we are a good team and we created a lot of difficulties for Juve.
“I like justice and for me the rules and regulations should be the same for everyone in sport and in life. I’m disappointed ... I am convinced the result is due to a wrong decision taken by the match officials.”
Monaco had been denied a penalty of its own in the first half when Anthony Martial tangled with Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini.
Juventus, which leads Serie A and is in the Italian Cup final, remains on course for a treble under new coach Massimiliano Allegri.
“I haven’t seen (the penalty) again so I can’t judge,” Allegri said. “It seemed to be a foul as a last man, however from the bench I didn’t see if it was outside or inside.
“People who want to enjoy themselves can go to the circus. We have one objective and that is getting through. I’m happy with the result and the performance in parts, especially how we managed to defend at the end without conceding.”
In the night’s other match, Real Madrid drew 0-0 at Atletico Madrid.
Juventus was looking to preserve an impressive home record which had seen it lose just one of 16 European matches at the Juventus Stadium.
It was also boosted by Andrea Pirlo’s return from injury after a three-week absence and the playmaker set up the first chance of the match with a delightful ball over the top which Morata volleyed over — although the lineseman’s flag was up for offside.
Carlos Tevez went close to scoring the opener in the seventh minute but Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic dived smartly to his right to deny the Italian league’s leading goalscorer.
Monaco appeared content to sit back and hit Juventus on the counter and it should have taken the lead in the 10th minute. Martial’s pace took him past Leonardo Bonucci on the left flank and he picked out an unmarked Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, only for the midfielder to fire straight at Gianluigi Buffon.
The Italy keeper was called into action again moments later to fingertip Ferreira- Carrasco’s deflected effort around the left post.
Juve began to up the intensity again after a spell of Monaco pressure and Tevez wasted a golden opportunity when Claudio Marchisio found him unmarked with a delightful cross but the Argentine’s weak effort went straight to Subasic.
Vidal also wasted good chances, including right on the stroke of halftime when he beat the offside trap to go through one-on-one but blasted over from close range.
Juventus finally broke the deadlock after Morata beat the offside trap but was brought down by Carvalho. The foul appeared to be outside the area and Monaco again protested in vain.
Vidal, who had missed two penalties this season, calmly fired it into the top left corner.
Monaco’s Dimitar Berbatov came off the bench and almost had an instant impact but headed narrowly over with his first touch.