Juventus defeat Cagliari as Matri hits double

Reuters, Saturday 22 Dec 2012

Matri scored twice to salvage win for Juve against Cagliari in Serie A

Juventus' Sebastian Giovinco (L) celebrates with teammates Claudio Marchisio (C) and Kwadwo Asamoah (Photo: Reuters)

Substitute Alessandro Matri struck twice, including a winner in stoppage time, as Serie A leaders Juventus hit back to win 3-1 at 10-man Cagliari on Friday.

Cagliari took the lead when Chile's Arturo Vidal fouled Marco Sau in the area and Chilean striker Mauricio Pinilla dispatched the 16th-minute penalty.

Juve kept knocking on the door and after Davide Astori was sent off for two bookings midway through the second half, Matri pounced on two rebounds to score before Mirko Vucinic made it three, also in added time.

The game was played in Parma after authorities ruled Cagliari's ground was unsafe for such a high-profile fixture against the champions and league leaders, who can see their 10-point lead cut by the likes of Inter Milan on Saturday.

In Friday's other Serie A match, Pescara climbed out of the drop zone after Romulo Togni netted his first league goal with a stoppage-time free kick to seal a 2-1 home win over Catania.

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