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UCL Tuesday preview: Monaco hopes to overcome Juventus

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Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain, right, celebrates with his teammate Dani Alves after scoring during the Champions League semifinal first leg soccer match between Monaco and Juventus at the Louis II stadium in Monaco, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)


Juventus did its part at the Stade Louis II, but can their French counterparts put up a fight on Tuesday with a UEFA Champions League final berth on the line?

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The Italian giants took the first leg against Monaco, 2-0, courtesy of a brace from Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, and now Les Monégasques must mount a comeback on the road if they are to reach their second UCL final in club history.

Radamel Falcao and Kylian Mbappé remain the key danger men for Monaco, with a combined 52 goals between the pair this season. Each player has had their share of success this season in the UCL, but Juventus’ stingy backline proved too difficult for the Ligue 1 leaders to overcome in leg 1.

Despite posting six shots on target when the sides met in France a week ago, Juventus had the tremendous advantage of hosting the second leg with two away goals at their disposal. Any hypothetical goal Monaco concedes on Tuesday would likely spell the end of their UCL account.

The winner of this clash will meet either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid in Cardiff on June 3, however, Los Blancos appear to be the clear favorite to advance after posting a 3-0 scoreline at the Santiago Bernabeu six days ago.