Friendly: Singapore Selection 0 Juventus 5

The Singapore Selection was powerless to prevent a 5-0 rout by Andrea Pirlo's Juventus on Saturday evening, as the Serie A champions wrapped their tour of Asia-Pacific with a convincing win.

27,338 paying spectators watched on as Massimiliano Allegri's Italian stallions romped home to a comfortable result in the first ever match at the Singapore's new National Stadium.

Notching two goals inside the first half and providing an assist after the break, Pirlo was the architect of a comprehensive victory.

Juventus never looked troubled by their hosts as subsequent strikes from Paul Pogba, Sebastian Giovinco and Kwadwo Asamoah rounded off the landslide win.

The tone was set early when Hassan Sunny first thwarted Leonardo Bonucci in only the 5th minute — Bonucci's follow-up effort then cannoned back off the crossbar.

Giovinco then tested the Singapore custodian, before a curling Pirlo free-kick was tipped around the post by the 30-year-old.

Hassan's luck finally ran out though as Juve's midfield maestro opened the scoring in the 17th minute, dispatching yet another free-kick under the Singapore wall and into goal.

The Singapore Selection were finding it hard to make any headway with the ball, with Nicolas Velez and Miroslav Pejic crowded out by swarming Juventus defenders whenever they got near Gianluigi Buffon's box.

Up the other end, Bernd Stange's men defended in numbers, but without any real authority.

It took till the cusp of half-time before Juventus inevitably doubled their lead though, with Shakir Hamzah's tug on Roberto Pereyra enough to send the Argentinian tumbling in the box.

Pirlo stepped up and sent the spot-kick beyond Hassan, who could only look skywards in despair as the Italian champions peeled away in celebration.

The second half started as the first ended, with French wonderkind Paul Pogba weaving through Singapore's backline before firing home a trademark blockbuster two minutes after the break.

At the other end, Faris Ramli missed a golden opportunity to net after a glorious cutback from Shahril Ishak, the youngster blazing the ball well over the crossbar.

Sebastian Giovinco then compounded Singapore's misery in the 73rd minute, rifling in on the volley after a beautiful floated corner kick delivery from Pirlo.

The rout was completed when Martin Cacares' rampaging run up the right led to substitute Kwadwo Asamoah's volleyed finish in the 71st minute.

Photo: Weixiang Lim