AS Monaco FC host Juventus
in the second leg of their UEFA
Champions League quarterfinal
needing to overturn a 1-0
first-leg loss in which Arturo
Vidal scored the only goal from
the penalty spot.
Monaco can take heart from
an unbeaten home record
against Italian sides at the Stade
Louis II, although Juventus
will travel with optimism after
a resounding 3-0 success at
Borussia Dortmund in the last
Juventus, the eventual
tournament runners-up,
prevailed 6-4 on aggregate
when the teams met in the
1997/98 UEFA Champions
League semi-finals.
In the first leg, Marcello
Lippi’s Juventus won 4-1 at
the Stadio Delle Alpi where
Alessandro Del Piero hit a hattrick
(including two penalties)
and Zinédine Zidane added a
late fourth.
Jean Tigana’s Monaco edged
the second leg 3-2, their scorers
including Thierry Henry, who
joined Juventus for an eightmonth
spell the following year.
Monaco are eyeing their
first UEFA Champions League
semi-final since 2003/04, the
season they went all the way to
the final for the first and only
Their record at this last-eight
stage of the competition is W2
L1. There were no quarter-finals
in 1993/94 when they progressed
directly from the group stage to
the semis.
This is Monaco’s first tie against
Italian opposition since their 1998
UEFA Champions League semifinal
defeat by Juve.
Monaco have won just one
of six previous knockout ties
against clubs from Serie A – a 1-0
aggregate victory over AS Roma in the 1991/92 European Cup
Winners’ Cup quarter-finals.
The principality outfit are
unbeaten in four previous games
with Italian sides in Monaco. Their
‘home’ loss to FC Internazionale
Milano (1-3) in the 1963/64
European Champion Clubs’ Cup
first round took place in Marseille.
Monaco had gone eight matches
unbeaten at home in Europe prior
to their 2-0 reverse to Arsenal FC in
the round of 16 – a result that did
not stop them squeezing through
on the away goals rule.
Monaco have won five of the 16
UEFA competition ties in which
they have had to recover from a
first-leg away defeat. When that
first game finished 1-0, however,
they have lost four ties and won
only two; their last European
campaign before this season, in
the 2005/06 UEFA Cup, ended
against FC Basel 1893 in the round
of 32 when a 1-0 away setback
preceded a 1-1 home draw

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