Serie A: Juve held by Salernitana after VAR controversy

Juventus came back from two goals down at halftime to draw an incident-packed match with Salernitana 2-2 on Sunday as Atalanta gave up the Serie A lead after a 1-1 draw with Cremonese.

Massimiliano Allegri's Juve drew for the fourth time this season but the point shared doesn't tell the story of a match that ended with four red cards being shown after Arkadiusz Milik's last-gasp winner was ruled out following a VAR check.

The Poland striker sent the Allianz Stadium into raptures with a glancing header five minutes into stoppage time, but the goal dalfor Leonardo Bonucci being offside and interfering with play.

Bonucci had leveled on the rebound from his own missed penalty just two minutes previously to set up a grandstand finish that ended in farce.

Milik was given a second yellow card for removing his shirt after scoring what he thought was the decisive goal, and then Juan Cuadrado, Salernitana defender Federico Fazio and Allegri were all sent off as tensions flared on the sidelines.

Allegri later asked to see footage that featured Antonio Candreva, who was near the corner flag and appeared to be playing everyone onside.

"We haven't seen that video, what if he keeps everyone onside? We don't have that video, nobody has it, so I don't know," he said on DAZN.

A match that ended in chaos began with Salernitana putting in a superb opening 45 minutes that had them two goals to the good through Candreva's tap-in and a Krzysztof Piatek penalty on the stroke of halftime.

Davide Nicola's team pulled off a survival miracle on the final day of last season and has gotten off to a promising start this term.

Salernitana is 10th on seven points, three behind unbeaten Juve, which is struggling with injuries and form in the early part of the season.

The first ever point at Juve was Salernitana's fourth draw in six games so far in the new campaign.

VAR drama.
That was not the only match in Italy to feature VAR controversy as Lecce president Saverio Sticchi Damiani blasted officials for missing two handballs in the 1-1 draw with Monza.

Monza earned its first point of its first ever Serie A season, but Sticchi Damiani was incredulous after neither Pablo Mari nor Salvatore Molina touching the ball with their arms led to VAR reviews.

"I'm embarrassed, I don't know what to say to the fans or the players," he told DAZN. "I just can't take them for a ride by telling them this is fine. We have been seriously damaged, we dominated the match and deserved to win but we were not allowed to."

Atalanta had been out on their own as leaders of Italy's top flight for the first time in over 60 years heading into the weekend's fixtures.

But Emanuele Valeri's 78th-minute leveler earned Cremonese a point in Bergamo to leave Atalanta second.

Atalanta, which opened the scoring through Merih Demiral four minutes before Valeri's strike, are level on 14 points with leaders Napoli and reigning champions AC Milan, both winners on Saturday.

Promoted Cremonese is in Serie A for the first time since 1996 and stays in the bottom three on two points from its opening six games.

Lazio is three points behind the leading trio after a 2-0 home win over Verona that came thanks to Ciro Immobile and Luis Alberto.

Bologna won its first match without Sinisa Mihajlovic as coach with Marko Arnautovic netting his sixth of the season in a 2-1 win over Fiorentina.

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3 comments about "Serie A: Juve held by Salernitana after VAR controversy".
  1. Santiago 1314, September 12, 2022 at noon

    What a Fiasco @ Juvi.
    If you are going to use VAR to Overturn the Goal,
    Then you have to Give the PK to Juvi,
    for the Defender trying to PULL Bonucci's Shirt OFF.!!! BEFORE HE WAS IN AN OFFSIDE POSITION
    While the Ball was in Play.!!!

    I imagine the Red card for Shirt OFF, wil be Reversed also.
    All those Cards should be Nullified and the VAR BANISHED,
    and the Gutless Ref for NOT Sticking with his Original Call

    And FIRE the CameraMan, for Not keeping a "Full Field" View of the Defender over on the Side,
    trying to block the Corner Kick as it was Taken.

    Maybe there is a "Homemade" Video of the Position of that Defender, at the time Ball was Centered and Flicked-On to Goal. 

  2. humble 1 replied, September 12, 2022 at 2:21 p.m.

    mayhem it was.  I watched the last 10m on my phone.  Having watched Rugby four years when my son was at it before HS and soccer took over his entire year, I saw how a sport should be adjudicated.  Rugby is by far the most fairly ref'd sport of all.  I watched basketball growing up and the NBA lost control of the game for a long period.  Flops and more, remember Kermit Washington punching Rudy T, this was part of a long period where the NBA lost control.  Soccer is currently in one of those periods.  The inmates are running the asylum.  Coaches and players are given far too much leaway with referees, who have a hard enough time.  This game was just proof that it's not just the Premier League that's failing to control games, but Italy as well.  That so many teams have betting companies on their chest adds a measure of uncertainty at the varacity of the entire undertaking and I just see it as 'entertainment'.  

  3. R2 Dad replied, September 12, 2022 at 5:16 p.m.

    I didn't think VAR was so poorly implemented in Italy, but now I know otherwise. I read there were 18 cameras there--no excuse for this poor call at such a crucial moment in the match. Of course, Juve has their own history with officiating--call it karma?

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