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Matri moves Juventus ten points clear

Published: Friday 21 December 2012, 23.15CET
Alessandro Matri's cameo from the bench proved decisive as he scored twice to help Juventus come back to beat ten-man Cagliari Calcio 3-1 and extend their Serie A lead to ten points.
Matri moves Juventus ten points clear
Alessandro Matri (second right) is congratulated after his second goal for Juventus ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 21 December 2012, 23.15CET

Matri moves Juventus ten points clear

Alessandro Matri's cameo from the bench proved decisive as he scored twice to help Juventus come back to beat ten-man Cagliari Calcio 3-1 and extend their Serie A lead to ten points.

Juventus extended their lead at the Serie A summit to ten points as they came from behind to overcome ten-man Cagliari Calcio 3-1.

The leaders required some inspired intervention as they trailed at the interval to Mauricio Pinilla's penalty, and Alessandro Matri provided it with two goals after Davide Astori was dismissed for a second yellow card after 64 minutes.

Matri did not enter the fray until replacing Fabio Quagliarella on the hour but quickly made his mark, with the need made more pressing by Arturo Vidal's missed penalty on 72 minutes.

Matri's first was a close-range finish after Mirko Vučinić's shot was parried and he completed the turnaround in the 92nd minute when an attempted clearance ran into his path after deflecting off Vidal. Vučinić's tap-in sealed the triumph for Juventus, who on Thursday were drawn to play Celtic FC in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.

The evening's other fixture also ended dramatically as Pescara Calcio climbed out of the bottom three with a 2-1 win against Calcio Catania. Eugenio Togni won it for the hosts with a sublime 95th-minute free-kick.

Last updated: 22/12/12 14.39CET

Results

Italian Serie A 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 10/04/2013 17:44 CET

21/12/2012

CagliariCagliari1-3JuventusJuventus

Pinilla 16 (P)

Matri 75, 90+2, Vučinić 90+5

Venue: Parma

21/12/2012

PescaraPescara2-1CataniaCatania

Çelik 23, Togni 90+5

Barrientos 36

Venue: Pescara

Standings

*SSC Napoli have had 2 points deducted
*Atalanta BC have had 2 points deducted
*UC Sampdoria have had 1 points deducted
*Torino FC have had 1 points deducted
*AC Siena have had 6 points deducted
Last updated: 10/04/2013 17:44 CET

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