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      19.07.2013 19:47 - in: The team S

      Matri strikes again in afternoon training

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      The 28-year-old follows yesterday’s stunning brace with another moment of magic in training this afternoon

      Much pre-season focus has been heaped on the new additions to the Juventus frontline, Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente, but the strikers who have already been at the club for some time demonstrated their own abilities this afternoon with strong contributions to the mini-match.

      The session began in the same manner as yesterday, with the squad playing out a game similar to rugby in which they had to run the ball into an end zone on an almost full-length pitch.

      It was the much anticipated mini match next, but Antonio Conte introduced a twist to the usual format: the one-touch rule. It was a change which encouraged the interplay between strikers that he appears to have been focusing on throughout the week, and the improvement in the player’s understanding and teamwork was clear to see as the game went on.

      Fabio Quagliarella opened the scoring under the one touch rule, before Simone Emmanuello levelled things after following up a Mirko Vucinic free kick.

      The game threatened more goals after Conte lifted the one-touch rule, with Marcel Buchel hitting the bar courtesy of a thunderous drive from distance, Vucinic striking the post and Rubinho pulling off some point-blank reflex saves.

      When the goal came, it was a gem. Alessandro Matri, who had only just come on at the start of the second half, fired a left-footed volley into the top corner from a tight angle to put the yellows ahead.

      Throughout the session, meanwhile, the strikers had been alternating practicing converting through balls and crosses separately from the action unfolding elsewhere, no doubt in the hope of netting against Milan and Sassuolo in the TIM Trophy on 23 July.  

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