Thursday January 5 2012
Juve in seventh heaven

Juventus finished their Arabian spell with a thumping 7-1 victory over Al Hilal thanks to an inspirational Alessandro Del Piero.

The Bianconeri have been training in Dubai since late December and concluded the trip by playing a testimonial for goalkeeper Mohammed Aldeayea in Riyadh.

It was Aldeayea who twice denied Del Piero in the opening minutes, but was beaten on his big day when the captain squirmed away from his marker to score with an angled drive.

Del Piero added a second delightful lob before Eljero Elia made it 3-0 by bursting down the left.

Al Hilal fought back as Alshlob hit the upright, then fired over, but Arturo Vidal’s fantastic right-foot curler into the top corner secured a 4-0 result at half-time.

Coach Antonio Conte completely revamped the squad for the second half and Al Hilal took advantage by pulling one back through Alharthi springing the offside trap.

Claudio Marchisio pulled back for Giorgio Chiellini to net a fifth, while Simone Pepe’s free kick and a late Fabio Quagliarella volley completed the rout.

Curiously, testimonial star Aldeayea was replaced by his son, Badr Aldeayea, who performed some good saves on Mirko Vucinic.

Al Hilal 1-7 Juventus

Scorers: Del Piero 14, 23, Elia 32, Vidal 45, Alharti 48 (A), Chiellini 51, Pepe 75, Quagliarella 86

Al Hilal:M Aldeayea (Shrahili 48) (B Aldeayea 72); Alsharani (Almarshdi 27), Hawsawi (Flatah 27), Almouald (Albisi 46) (Khirat 72), Alzouri (Aldokhi 46) (Alfarj 72); Alganam (Aldosari 46) (Almohyani 72), Alshlhob (Alsbiaai 58) (Alyaas 72), Algamdi (Aziz 27), Wilhelmsson (Algarni 46) (Hrmash 72); Alharthi, Aljaber (Alaabd 27)

Juventus: Buffon (Storari 46); Sorensen, Barzagli (Lichtsteiner 46), Bonucci (Chiellini 46), De Ceglie (Estigarribia 46); Marchisio (Pepe 46), Marrone (Pazienza 46), Vidal (Giaccherini 46); Elia (Krasic 46), Matri (Quagliarella 46), Del Piero (Vucinic 46)