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Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus striker scores twice in win over Sampdoria

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo
Juventus forward Ronaldo took his tally to 14 Serie A goals for the season

The video assistant referee played a major role, including ruling out an injury-time equaliser, as champions Juventus beat Sampdoria to keep up their unbeaten run in Serie A.

Riccardo Saponara thought he had taken a point, but the goal was ruled out.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored early on, and later put his side back in front with a penalty that was awarded for a handball which did not look deliberate.

Samp's equaliser came from a penalty awarded after consultation with VAR.

Former Juve striker Fabio Quagliarella hammered home the spot-kick after referee Paolo Valeri took instruction from his assistant following Emre Can's handball from a corner.

Elsewhere, 10-man AC Milan scored for the first time in five league games to complete a comeback victory over SPAL.

Andrea Petagna gave the struggling visitors a 13th-minute lead at the San Siro, but Samu Castillejo equalised three minutes later before Gonzalo Higuain completed the scoring in the second half.

Suso was dismissed for a second bookable offence late on, but Gennaro Gattuso's side held on to move into fifth place in the table.

Three big decisions - but was VAR right?

Juve looked to be on their way to a routine victory when £99.8m summer signing Ronaldo drilled home after just 107 seconds, before VAR took centre stage.

  • 32 minutes: Former Liverpool midfielder Can challenges Albin Ekdal at the near post from a corner and the ball hits him on the arm, which is above his head. Quagliarella scores from the spot.

Correct decision? Yes.

  • 63 mins: As Juve push for a second goal, a corner is swung in by Miralem Pjanic. It hits Samp defender Alex Ferrari on the hand, which is by his side.

The referee has a chat with the VAR, decides to have a look at the pitchside monitor and still thinks it was deliberate. Ronaldo scores to make it 2-1.

Correct decision? No.

  • 90+2 mins: In the six minutes of added time - some of which are down to the use of VAR - Saponara curls in a brilliant finish and rips off his shirt to celebrate. But the VAR tells the referee the substitute has come back from an offside position and rules out the goal.

Correct decision? Yes.

Play continued until the 99th minute, but Samp could not find a way through, so Juve go into the new year unbeaten in the league this season and having dropped just four points.

They could have won more comfortably, but Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi both had efforts kept out by Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Audero.

Line-ups

Juventus

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Perin
  • 2De Sciglio
  • 24RuganiBooked at 71mins
  • 3Chiellini
  • 12Lobo Silva
  • 23Can
  • 5Pjanic
  • 14MatuidiBooked at 36minsSubstituted forDouglas Costaat 82'minutes
  • 10Dybala
  • 17MandzukicSubstituted forBernardeschiat 69'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 1Szczesny
  • 4Benatia
  • 6Khedira
  • 11Douglas Costa
  • 18Kean
  • 19Bonucci
  • 21Pinsoglio
  • 33Bernardeschi
  • 37Spinazzola

Sampdoria

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Audero
  • 7Sala
  • 25FerrariBooked at 36mins
  • 15Colley
  • 29Murru
  • 10Praet
  • 6EkdalSubstituted forJanktoat 82'minutes
  • 11RamírezSubstituted forSaponaraat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 16Linetty
  • 27Quagliarella
  • 17CaprariSubstituted forDefrelat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Vieira
  • 5Saponara
  • 14Jankto
  • 18Leverbe
  • 19Regini
  • 22Júnior Tavares dos Santos
  • 26Tonelli
  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 72Belec
  • 92Defrel
  • 95Rolando
  • 99Kownacki
Referee:
Paolo Valeri
Attendance:
40,641

Match Stats

Home TeamJuventusAway TeamSampdoria
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Juventus 2, Sampdoria 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Juventus 2, Sampdoria 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Douglas Costa (Juventus) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paulo Dybala.

  4. Post update

    Douglas Costa (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Karol Linetty (Sampdoria).

  6. Post update

    Offside, Juventus. Daniele Rugani tries a through ball, but Paulo Dybala is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  8. Post update

    VAR: Goal. Referee decision on field cancelled.

  9. Post update

    Delay in match (Juventus). Video Review.

  10. Booking

    Riccardo Saponara (Sampdoria) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Sampdoria. Gregoire Defrel tries a through ball, but Riccardo Saponara is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Mattia Perin (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Gregoire Defrel (Sampdoria).

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Karol Linetty (Sampdoria) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Emre Can (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Jacopo Sala (Sampdoria).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Riccardo Saponara.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Mattia De Sciglio (Juventus).

  20. Post update

    Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 29th December 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus19172038112753
2Napoli19142337172044
3Inter Milan19123431141739
4Lazio199552821732
5AC Milan198742620631
6Roma1986534241030
7Sampdoria198563223929
8Atalanta1984739271228
9Torino196942419527
10Fiorentina196852518726
11Sassuolo196763032-225
12Parma197481723-625
13Cagliari194871725-820
14Genoa195592535-1020
15Udinese194691623-718
16SPAL1945101527-1217
17Empoli1944112237-1516
18Bologna1927101529-1413
19Frosinone1917111237-2510
20Chievo1918101435-218
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