AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim was furious with the referee after his decision to award Juventus a contentious penalty decided the result of the first leg of this Champions League quarter-final.
The Czech official Pavel Kralovec felt that Ricardo Carvalho had fouled Alvaro Morata when the Portuguese defender tangled with the Spanish forward inside the penalty area 12 minutes into the second half. Arturo Vidal stepped forward to convert the spot-kick with a driven effort.We wanted a totally different result and we will have to play a totally different game to go through to the semis,” Jardim said. “The result was down to a penalty that didn’t exist. I’m disappointed. We played a good game and I don’t think the score truly reflects what happened in the match.” That Monaco had been denied a penalty in the first half, when Anthony Martial went down under pressure from Giorgio Chiellini, added to Jardim’s frustration.
Juventus scarcely deserved their victory, having missed several good chances in a laboured performance against opposition who were organised and resilient in defence.
Carlos Tévez, having scored three goals against Borussia Dortmund in the previous round, went close to adding another to his collection on the three occasions in the first half. Otherwise Monaco kept the hosts at arm’s length until the interval.