Juve win after Fiorentina have penalty revoked by VAR

Fiorentina vs Juventus

Yesterday night's clash at the Stadio Artemio Franchi was riddled with controversy surrounding the VAR but Juventus picked up a vital 2-0 win in the process.

But three minutes later - with Jordan Veretout waiting to take the kick - Guida reversed the decision after a VAR consultation and awarded a free-kick to Juve for offside instead. Bernardeschi was later substituted off to the whistles of the crowd.

Milan Badelj, Cristiano Biraghi and Veretout all came close to pulling a goal back, but victory was sealed in the 86th minute after Higuain netted his 18th of the season. "It wasn't an easy match for me but my team-mates were there supporting me and that really helped".

Shortly afterwards, Fiorentina were denied again when Gil Dias broke down the right and saw his shot rebound off the inside of the post. Juventus lead Napoli by two points, while the southern powerhouse can return to the top spot of they beat third-placed Lazio on Saturday evening.

Juve, who host Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League round of 16 tie on Tuesday, made the most of their reprieves and went ahead in the 56th minute when Bernardeschi's free kick found a gap in the defensive wall to put them in front.

Critics say it takes too long to make decisions and that referees are still making mistakes even after reviewing incidents on pitchside screens.

Cyril Thereau had Fiorentina's best chance in the 70th minute of the match, but Buffon pulled off a spectacular stop on what was a landmark appearance for the 40-year-old. "I don't accept the referee's choice. I think certain reactions ought to be avoided, that's a part of football". Bernardeschi, a product of Fiorentina's youth system, was playing his first match in Florence after joining record Serie A champions Juventus for around $45 million. "It would be nice to close down the Tottenham game in Turin but it will be very hard, we'll have to play a careful game, they are a very physical and technical team and we'll have to do well", he added, looking ahead to next Tuesday's last-16 European clash.



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