May 9, 2017 / 8:43 PM / 2 months ago

Soccer-Inspired Alves leads Juventus into Champions League final

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* Juventus beat AS Monaco 2-1 to reach second final in three years

* Alves created first goal for Mandzukic and scored the second

* Mbappe replied for Monaco in the second half

* Juve’s run of six straight clean sheets in the competition ends

* Ugly clash between Glik and Higuain marred second half

* Juve to meet Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid in Cardiff on June 3

By Brian Homewood

TURIN, May 9 (Reuters) - Juventus defender Dani Alves produced in an inspired display capped by a stunning volleyed goal in a 2-1 win over AS Monaco that took the Italians into their second Champions League final in three years on Tuesday.

Alves provided the cross for Mario Mandzukic to score the first goal in the semi-final, second leg and then added the second himself with an explosive strike to effectively finish off the tie by halftime.

Juventus, who had won the first leg 2-0, were coasting until Kylian Mbappe pulled one back in the 69th minute, ending a run of six successive clean sheets in the competition for the Serie A side and veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Tempers then flared when Monaco defender Kamil Glik appeared to stamp on Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain, although the referee took no action against the Pole, leading to a bad-tempered final 20 minutes.

Juventus, who ran out 4-1 aggregate winners, will face either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid, who meet in the other semi-final on Wednesday. The final is in Cardiff on June 3. (Reporting by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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