The last time Monaco and Juventus met in the Champions League semi-finals, it proved to be a classic tie.
The Ligue 1 side drew线上足球投注 level on 42 minutes, defensive midfielder Costinha’s deflected effort beating Angelo Peruzzi after a corner.
There was no stopping Del Piero though, and he put the tie to bed with a stunning right-foot在线外围投注ed volley which took the slightest of deflections off Lilian Martin.
The Bianconeri were looking to reach the final for the third season in row, but faced a formidable side led by Jean Tigana.
“There’s no point hiding the fact – he’s the best player in the world,” Tuttosport declared. “Better than Ronaldo. Better than all of them. Spectacular.”
On the stroke of half-time though, Zidane was brought down by Barthez in the area and Del Piero smashed the resulting penalty into the top corner.
However, a Philippe Léonard free-kick deflected in off Antonio Conte’s backside, and Thierry Henry linked one over Peruzzi to give the hosts some cause to hope.
Two weeks later in Monaco, Nicola Amoruso looked to have killed the tie when he tapped the ball in from Del Piero’s cross after 15 minutes.
The first leg brought a crushing win for Juve in Turin, inspired by a stunning display from Alessandro Del Piero.
The Monegasques boasted the likes of David Trezeguet, Thierry Henry, Fabien Barthez and Willy Sagnol; three of whom would go on to win the World Cup with France that summer.
Del Piero’s performances over the two legs brought rapturous praise from the Italian Press.
Standing around 25 yards out, slightly to the left, ‘Pinturicchio’ lifted the ball over the wall and into the top corner, Barthez only able to get a faint touch on it just as it crossed the line.
With 35 minutes on the clock, the forward opened the scoring with a stunning free-kick.
Del Piero added another from the spot in the second half, before a fantastic combination with Zidane for the fourth.
Substitute Robert Spehar added a late winner, but it was mere consolation for Monaco as the Bianconeri advanced to the final.
Edgar Davids found ‘Zizou’ from a throw-in, and the Frenchman slipped the ball between two players to find the Juve number 10.
La Stampa meanwhile described him as Juventus’ “magic boy”, while Gazzetta dello Sport 真人外围投注dubbed him “Alessandro the dominator”.
In addition, both Trezeguet and Henry would later play for the Old Lady, though the latter didn’t have the same impact in Turin that he so famously did at Arsenal.
Del Piero laid it back to him, and Zidane took a touch to take the ball out of his feet before curling a low strike into the net.