VAR causes mass confusion AGAIN as Fiorentina denied penalty against Juventus

Juventus Gonzalo Higuain left celebrates with his teammate Federico Bernardeschi

Juventus kept up their phenomenal recent form with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Fiorentina in Serie A.

That pressure almost led to a penalty attempt in the 18th minute, when Giorgio Chiellini was called for a hand ball, although the VAR (video assistant referee) overruled the decision and instead signalled the home squad for offside.

But after Jordan Veretout waited patiently to take the spotkick for a full THREE MINUTES the decision was then overturned for an offside decision instead.

Italian frontman Bernardeschi whipped in a low free-kick strike beyond the outstretched arms of Marco Sportiello, before the Argentinian striker sealed victory in the closing stages at the Artemio Franchi Stadium.

The 23-year-old scored the Turin giants' first goal as he curled in a left-footed free-kick in the 56th minute on Friday.

And with five minutes of normal time remaining, Juventus again responded to the danger in devastating fashion.

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Friday's result was not as easy as the scoreline may suggest however, with Juve struggling to find a way through Fiorentina in the first half.

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.

Fiorentina continued to threaten a goal of their own, with Buffon called into action 70 minutes in, charging off his line to deny the home side with his feet.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who is going to retire this summer, made his 500th league appearance for the champions.

"Did I understand the referee's decision?" "[Spurs] have excellent technique, but Champions League games are tight. 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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