Andrea Pirlo double helps Juvetus thrash Singapore
Singapore: Andrea Pirlo`s coolly taken first-half double led Juventus to a 5-0 win over Singapore Selection as the Italian champions completed their summer tour with a third straight win Saturday.
The elegant player-maker`s free-kick and penalty sent Juventus on their way in front of 27,000 fans in what was the first football match at Singapore`s new National Stadium.
France midfielder Paul Pogba and Sebastian Giovinco both headed against the crossbar and Pirlo had a free-kick saved in the opening minutes as Juventus took immediate control.
Their opener came courtesy of some typically quick thinking from Pirlo, who slid another free-kick low and under the leaping wall on 17 minutes.
A minute before half-time, Pirlo doubled Juventus`s lead from the penalty spot after Shakir Hamzah`s tug on Roberto Pereyra.
Pogba had frequently been a threat and he got on the scoresheet on 48 minutes when he rifled Juve`s third past busy Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny.
After Sunny`s point-blank save from Pereyra, Giovinco hit the visitors` fourth from the resulting corner when he lashed home a fierce shot from the edge of the box.
Half-time substitute Kwadwo Asamoah volleyed the fifth on 72 minutes after good work down the right by Jose Martin Caceres.
Juventus won 8-1 in Jakarta and beat Australia`s A-League Allstars 3-2 earlier in their tour.
They will now return to Italy before launching their bid for a fourth straight Serie A title away against Chievo on August 30.