Electrifying ambiance outside and inside Stade Louis II
On Wednesday evening the rather tranquil neighborhood of Fontvieille was literally on fire, with the Italian fans chanting loudly for hours before the match, and throwing fireworks in the air already encouraging their team. It was the showdown second leg match where Monaco was to receive Juventus on their turf, to have a chance to reach the semifinals of the Champions League. A DJ was playing cool tunes at the entrance of the stadium, adding to the festive atmosphere.
It felt great to enter the Stade Louis II and see it packed to the seams, and the fans from both teams gave a fantastic ambiance with their flags and cheering. This is the way we like to see our stadium!
A goalless draw eased Juventus into semifinals – The best team did not win!
Juventus had a 1-0 first leg home victory advantage from the previous week, due to a very controversial penalty kick granted to Arturo Vidal resulting from a foul on Morata by Ricardo Carvalho on the edge of the area. The Red & Whites had to net a goal in order to level the field, but in spite of their domination throughout the whole game, holding the ball for nearly 60 percent of the first period, they attacked consistently and created some scoring opportunities that unfortunately didn’t materialise. “We defended well and deserved to win, or at the very least to score a goal,” Monaco defender Abdennour said to BeIn Sports. A goalless draw conceded the victory to the visitors with a place in the semis joining top teams Barcelona (Spain), Real Madrid (Spain) and Bayern (Germany). The semi-finals pairings will be determined by an open draw on Friday, April 24 in Nyon, Switzerland.
Scottish referee changed the course of history
The referee actually changed the course of history. In the first period Monaco should have benefited from the exclusion of Juventus Giorgio Chiellini and a penalty. The Scotish referee William Collum was too soft with Chiellini when he interrupted the first action from Monaco with a handball at 54 seconds into the match. He only received a yellow card. On top of that when the same player tackled Moutinho at 30 minutes, the referee forgot to send Chiellini to the locker room only giving him a warning. The Italian player in question was also implicated in pressing Kondogbia in sandwich on the goal area that would have deserved a penalty that never was.
Upcoming League 1 matches
Now Monaco will put all their concentration on League 1 to guarantee a place in the podium and get a chance at playing Champions League next season.
- Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 17:00hs – RC Lens – AS Monaco – 34th
- Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 17:00 – AS Monaco – Toulouse FC – 35th
- Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 21:00 – Olympic Marseille – AS Monaco – 36th
- Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 21:00 – AS Monaco – FC Metz – 37th
- Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 21:00 – FC Lorient – AS Monaco – 38th