Higuain double gives Juventus upper hand

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Monaco 0-2 Juventus. The stage was set at the Stade Louis II for an intriguing semi-final, first leg, in the UEFA Champions League. Monaco were the last French club to make the final of the competition back in the 2003/04 season. They are looking to join Reims and Marseille, as French clubs to play in two Champions League finals. Juventus, meanwhile, are looking to reach the final for the ninth time in their history.

 

Football fans arrive at Stade Louis II for Monaco versus Juventus in the UEFA Champions LeagueMonaco's French forward Kylian Mbappe (L) controls the ball against Juventus' defender from Italy Giorgio ChielliniJuventus' forward from Argentina Gonzalo Higuain reacts after scoring a goal against MonacoJuventus forward Gonzalo Higuain scores his team's second goal at MonacoMonaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao controls the ball Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon acknowledges the fans after his team's win at Monaco

 

Two goals from Gonzalo Higuain gave Juventus a valuable 2-0 away victory over Monaco in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final clash at Stade Louis II.

 

The Argentinian marksman’s brace was pivotal in earning the Italian champions a two-goal aggregate advantage ahead of next Tuesday’s decisive second leg in Turin, with Monaco facing a huge task to overcome when they visit the Juventus Stadium next week.

 

FIFA.com looks back at Wednesday's semi-final, first leg in photos. Watch how the action at Stade Louis II unfolded by clicking through the photo gallery above.

 

The winner of the UEFA Champions League will represent Europe at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 in December.

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