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Saturday August 16 2014
Five-star Juve in Singapore

Andrea Pirlo bagged a brace as Juventus ended their pre-season tour of Asia with a 5-0 victory in Singapore.

The Bianconeri opened the new stadium with a friendly against the Singapore Selection.

Paul Pogba rattled the crossbar after just four minutes with his header, but it was offside anyway.

It was Pirlo who broke the deadlock with an inspired free kick. Rather than curl it over the wall, he cheekily waited for the players to jump and placed it under their feet.

Pirlo doubled their tally before the break, converting a penalty when Shakir pulled back Roberto Pereyra in the box.

Pogba made it 3-0 straight after the restart, skipping past two defenders down the left to fire into the far corner.

Pereyra was denied by a fine save, but it was only a warning ahead of Sebastian Giovinco’s impressive volley from the edge of the box on a Pirlo corner.

Kwadwo Asamoah also shined his scoring boots with a splendid volley moments later.

Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez did not take part, as Coach Massimiliano Allegri did not want to risk them on a shoddy pitch.

Singapore 0-5 Juventus

Scorers: Pirlo 17, pen 43 (J), Pogba 48 (J), Giovinco 54 (J), Asamoah 71 (J)

Juventus: Buffon (Storari 46); Lichtsteiner (Marrone 52), Bonucci (Caceres 46), Ogbonna (Chiellini 46), Evra (Asamoah 46); Pirlo (Pepe 58), Pogba (Blanco 80), Vitale (Marchisio 46); Pereyra (Buenacasa 73), Giovinco, Llorente (Motta 58)
Singapore: Hassan; Al-Qaasimy, Safuwan, Baihakki, Shakir; Hariss, Shahdan; Pejic, Shahril, Camara; Velez

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