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Juventus one game away from Champions League semi-final

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Juventus are just 90-minutes away from their first Champions League semi-final in 12 years as they go head-to-head with AS Monaco tonight in France.

The Old Lady have a rich history in Italian football, but their pedigree in Europe has never been able to match up to their high standards of league football, but tonight could be a historic evening for Massimiliano Allegri's men as they look to book their place in the final-four of the Champions League.

Juve haven't reached the final-four since the 2002/03 campaign where they went on to reach the final before they were beaten by Serie A rivals AC Milan, but tonight they could change that as they travel to Monaco with a 1-0 advantage from the first-leg.

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An Arturo Vidal penalty gave Juve the 1-0 win in Italy in the Quarter-Final first-leg and they will travel to Monaco knowing qualification to the semis is in their hands.

Since reaching the final 12 years ago, Juventus have struggled to make an impact in the Champions League, going out of the competition three times at the Quarters stage, twice at the last-16 stage and twice at the group stage.

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However, tonight they have a real chance of breaking their 12-year wait for a semi-final and go to Monaco feeling hopeful that history could be made.

Journey So Far

So far this campaign in Europe, Juventus finished second in their group, behind last-year's finalists Atletico Madrid, and were thrown a tricky tie against Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund, who were looking good in Europe despite their league struggles.

However, a 2-1 win in Italy was followed up with an impressive 3-0 win in Germany and Juve progressed 5-1 on aggregate.

Then the Italian champions were drawn up against Monaco after they pulled off a big shock by beating Arsene Wenger's Arsenal.

The French side were 3-1 victors at the Emirates Stadium, but fell to a 2-0 defeat in the return leg in France, meaning they progressed on away goals.

Juventus Hold Lead

With the first-leg ending 1-0 to Juve thanks to that Vidal penalty, the tie is evenly poised going into the return leg in France with Juventus aiming to end their 12-year hoodoo.

So far in the Champions League semi-finals are Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona after they both progressed last night by beating FC Porto and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.

With Juventus looking to prove doubters wrong about their stance in Europe, they will be desperate to get the job done tonight in France and progress to the final-four of the Champions League.

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