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Advantage Juve for Champions League semi-final second leg

Monaco are hoping for a historic comeback as they try to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit in their Champions League semi-final against Juventus on Tuesday.

The Italians have won all 11 knockout ties against Ligue 1 opponents.

Monaco have never won a game in Italy in seven attempts.

Only two teams have ever won a knockout tie in the competition after losing at home in the first leg and it has never been done from two goals down.

Juventus will look to finish the job and secure a place in the Champions League final for the second time in three years when Monaco visit on Tuesday.

The Italians hold a 2-0 advantage from their semi-final first leg at the Stade Louis II and are strong favourites to advance.

Juve head coach Massimiliano Allegri rested several key players for their 1-1 draw against Torino at the weekend but they struggled at times despite playing with a numerical advantage for more than half an hour.

Both teams lead their own leagues and are on the brink of winning their respective titles while Juventus have also reached the Italian Cup final, putting them on course for a treble.

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala limped off during Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Torino but coach Massimiliano Allegri said it was just cramp.

"It was normal in the circumstances and towards the end of the season," said Allegri, who warned his team not to think about any another result than a win.

"Monaco are a side with great talent and we have absolutely not yet sealed our qualification. We need to win the second leg," he added.

Monaco's 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe, one of the hottest properties in European football, has scored 18 goals in his past 20 competitive games, while the team also features resurgent Colombian forward Radamel Falcao.