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Gianluigi Buffon explains why he gave his shirt to Kylian Mbappe after Monaco 0-2 Juventus

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We’re supposed to down to Europe’s very best but neither Champions League semi-final is finely poised heading into next week’s return fixtures.

Real Madrid have one foot in the final following their 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

The following day, Juventus scored two away goals in a 2-0 win against Monaco.

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So, barring a major surprise, Los Blancos and Juve will face each other in the final on June 3 in Cardiff.

Gonzalo Higuain’s brace - his first goals in the knockout stage of this season’s competition - helped the Old Lady to an impressive win at the Stade Louis II.

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Juventus are seeking redemption following their defeat to Barcelona in the 2015 final but Massimiliano Allegri insists there is still work to do in next Tuesday’s return fixture in Turin.

"The job is not complete. Monaco will come to Turin with nothing to lose," the Juventus manager said, via Sky Sports. "This could become an extraordinary season for us.

"It's important to win because we are near Cardiff. Now I think only Monaco, not Real Madrid. We needed to play very well, we needed to have the right mentality.”

AS Monaco v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: First Leg

Monaco's vaunted attack was stifled

Juventus’ incredible defence kept Monaco, who had averaged three goals per game in the knockout stages before Wednesday’s match, at bay, and Allegri was pleased with the efforts of his players - Gianluigi Buffon in particular.

"Once we took the lead, there were a few dangerous crosses when Dani Alves was late coming out, then Andrea Barzagli, but overall we should be happy. There is still the second leg to be played and that's another serious match.

"We must compliment the squad, because it was absolutely not easy. Monaco have a lot of technique. We made a few too many mistakes and Buffon made a great save when it was 0-0.

"When the going gets tough, you know Gigi can be relied upon. He's the best in the world and when there is a big game, he's always ready."

Buffon explains why he gave his shirt to Mbappe

Neutral fans would love to see Buffon, 39, win the Champions League. The Italian is regarded as one of the best players to never win the tournament, and his respectful personality also endears him to the fans.

Just take Buffon’s reason for giving Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe his jersey after the match.

"I swapped my shirt with Mbappe because when I was young nobody wanted to do that with me and I hated it," said Buffon, via AS.

How can you not root for a guy that nice?

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AS Monaco
Juventus
Paulo Dybala
Zinedine Zidane
Serie A
Gianluigi Buffon
UEFA Champions League
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Thierry Henry

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