SERIE A | JUVENTUS 2-2 SALERNITANA : Red Cards Madness in Turin

Last Updated on 12/09/2022 by

JUVENTUS were 2-0 down to Salernitana but their perfect comeback at the end of the game was spoiled by VAR

Juventus’ rocky start to the 2022–23 campaign got worse when the Old Lady, who had rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Salernitana in stoppage time, were denied a 94th-minute winner by VAR for offside. However, that only tells half the story because, following the unmissable carnage in Turin, referee Matteo Marcenaro issued 4 red cards.

Due to goals from Candreva and Krzysztof Piatek, the underdogs were up 2-0 at the break, shocking the home team on a night when they were feeling the heat at home.

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In the second half, Massimiliano Allegri’s team responded forcefully as recent acquisition Gleison Bremer headed in a cross from Filip Kostic, possibly igniting a historic comeback.

Bonucci’s penalty had been saved before the Italian veteran graciously tucked in the rebound after Alex Sandro was brought down in the box, bringing Juventus even in stoppage time after repeatedly knocking on the door.

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Even though it appeared that Juventus had saved a point in stoppage time, the drama was just getting started as they continued to search for a desperately needed victory. Then, with essentially the game’s final kick from a corner, summer signing from Marseille Arkadiusz Milik glanced home what he believed to be a stunning winner to electrify the Juventus Stadium.

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The forward for Poland’s national team struggled to remain composed as his teammates celebrated what they perceived to be an incredible comeback against all odds.

After Milik received a red card for excessive celebration, both sets of players and the coaching staff got into a brawl on the touchline. Federico Fazio, a former Tottenham player, and Juan Cuadrado, a former Chelsea winger, were then both sent off for fighting amid the ugly scenes.

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The Juve manager Allegri was the next to receive a red card for his agitated behavior on the sidelines while he pleaded with the referees to resume control of the game following a protracted break in play.

After all the mayhem, bizarrely, referee Marcenaro was told to look over the monitor to see if Milik’s goal might have been offside. The goal was disallowed because, according to replays, Bonucci was just ahead of the last Salernitana defender when he challenged for the ball.

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The last time the Italian powerhouses were down 2-0 at home in Serie A was in 2004 under Marcello Lippi’s leadership. Despite his team stealing a draw, Allegri is now facing calls for his dismissal as he fights to keep his job after returning to the team.

How about that for a conclusion to the game! Bremer’s well-placed header brought Juve back into the game, but the Old Lady persisted and, after Sepe’s first save, won a penalty with seconds left to tie the game at 2-2. Milik thought he had sealed the victory with a last-second header from a corner, but VAR overruled him after he had been dismissed for receiving a second caution amid wild celebrations! An exciting and spirited game sadly descended into chaos as Cuadrado and Fazio soon followed him down the tunnel!

After six games, Juventus is in eighth place, four points behind league leaders Napoli.

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