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Juventus ride on dubious penalty

Juventus ride on dubious penalty
Juventus had spurned several chances in the opening half when Monaco, who stunned Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates on their way to the last eight, also came close, only for Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco to shoot straight at Gianluigi Buffon.

The Turin giants, however, were given a break by Czech referee Pavel Kralovec, who pointed to the spot just before the hour when Alvaro Morata, under pressure from Ricardo Carvalho, slumped to the ground on the edge of the area.

Monaco’s protests that the foul was outside the area went unheard and Vidal, who had blazed over twice in the opening half, calmed nerves by firing past Danijel Subasic and into the top corner. Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim was furious with the result. “We wanted to leave with a totally different result and we will have to play a totally different game if we’re to go through to the semis. But the result was down to a penalty that didn’t exist. I’m disappointed. We played a good game, we’ve got to the quarters and I don’t think the score truly reflects what truly happened in the match,” he said.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, meanwhile, claimed the one-goal cushion may not be sufficient to secure passage into the semis. “It was a good result for us, we didn’t concede a goal so we’ve got a small advantage. But it won’t be easy in Monaco,” he said.

Juventus welcomed back Andrea Pirlo after several weeks of absence due to injury, while Buffon and Carlos Tevez returned to the starting line up after missing the shock 1-0 defeat to Parma at the weekend.
AFP

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