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December 6, 2023

VAR Takes The Centre Stage As Napoli Continue Their March While Juventus And Fiorentina Stumble At Home

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Today, in the other games in the round 2 Italian Serie A, Fiorentina welcomed Lecce to the Stadio Artemio Franchi and both teams had to share the point as the away side mounted a comeback to grab a point after going 2 goals down in the first half.

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Fiorentina started brightly in the 3rd minute as Nicolas Gonzalez opens the scoring after converting a chance from the resulting corner kick. He finds himself some space inside the box and plants a perfect header down inside the right post. After a couple of injury scares, the Viola doubled their advantage in the 25th minute.

A perfect lofted pass from Arthur Melo finds Alfred Duncan, who jumps highest and steers a close-range header into the right side of the goal. His effort was both strong and precise, giving the goalkeeper no chance to save that. Sensing a defeat, the away side came out gun blazing and were able to get a goal back 3 minutes after the resumption of the second half.


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Hamza Rafia latched on to a pass on the edge of the penalty area and was able to beat the keeper from close range. That goal seems to have the desired effect as they were able to equalize in the 76th minute to grab a point from the game. Lameck Banda and Nikola Krstovic combined beautifully to hand the latter the simplest of tasks from close range after the cross evaded the keeper, and he heads home to make it 2-2.

In the other game, Juventus needed a goal from Dusan Vlahovic to grab a point at home against Bologna, but the VAR took the centre stage with both teams feeling hard done by the decisions. The away side started very well and they got the first goal, against the run of play. Lewis Ferguson received the ball inside the box, and was able to guide the ball past the keeper into the net in the 24th minute and they were able to hang on until the half time break.

Juve thought they had finally gotten the equalizer in the 52nd minute through Gleison Bremer, but the goal was ruled out by VAR for offside. In the 71st minute, it was the turn of the Rossoblu to feel the brunt of the VAR as they thought that they had a genuine case for a penalty, but after review, the referee said that there was no infringement.

It proved to their undoing as the Bianconeri got back on level terms through Vlahovic who jumped for a cross and scores with a header in the 80th minute. In the end, both teams had to share the spoil at the Allianz Stadium. In the second game, it was Lazio at home against Genoa while defending champions, Napoli welcomed Sassuolo to their home ground. Genoa were able to get a shock result against Lazio through their new signing, Mateo Retegui.

The Italian forward who was signed from Argentine side, Boca Juniors got to a rebound inside the six-yard box and produces a header in the 16th minute and that was enough to secure all three points. The home side tried to get back in the game, but they were simply unlucky as they had two incidents in the 30th and 42nd minutes ruled out by the VAR after a call for penalty.

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Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen scored a penalty in the 16th minute and despite Giancomo Raspadori missing his own penalty in the 60th minute, the Partenopei ensured that they got all three points after Giovanni Di Lorenzo doubled their lead in the 62nd minute.

With an assist from Khvicha Kvaratskhelia to continue their fine start to the season in their quest to defend their Serie A title. Tomorrow, Salernitana will welcome Udinese to their home ground while Inter Milan will travel to Sardinia to take on Cagliari at the Unipol Domus

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