Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, the second goal a contentious penalty, to give Juventus a dramatic 2-1 Serie A win against Sampdoria, who had a stoppage-time equaliser chalked off following a long VAR review.
Riccardo Saponara thought he had given Sampdoria a point when he curled a delightful shot past Mattia Perin and was booked for throwing off his shirt as he celebrated. But, after a delay of nearly three minutes, the referee, Paolo Valeri, ruled that there had been an offside in the buildup.
It was one of three VAR decisions in a game in which Sampdoria’s 35-year-old forward Fabio Quagliarella scored for the ninth Serie A game in a row, making him the first player to do so since David Trezeguet in 2005.
Juve, the leaders, reached the season’s halfway mark with 53 points out of a possible 57, a Serie A record for a 20-team championship.
Ronaldo gave Juventus the lead after two minutes, collecting Paulo Dybala’s pass and cutting inside to score with a low shot.
Quagliarella, formerly of Juve, levelled in the 33rd minute from a penalty awarded after the ball hit the back of Emre Can’s outstretched arm as he jumped for it. The referee gave the penalty after looking at the incident on the pitchside monitor.
Juve’s winner also came for a handball although the ball only brushed Ferrari’s arm. which did not appear to be outstretched. The referee immediately pointed to the spot but Ronaldo had to wait more than two minutes to take his kick while the incident was reviewed on the pitchside monitor. The Portugal forward took his tally to 14 goals, making him Serie A’s top scorer.