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Matri hits late double to salvage win for Juventus

December 22, 2012 11:40 IST

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.

Alessandro MatriJuve 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.

Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

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