VAR, since its introduction, has overturned quite a few goals, dramatizing football even more. It has brought about disappointment to quite a few players who thought they had scored. Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo did not seem to like this particular aspect of the new inclusion in football, after he was the victim last week, when he thought he had scored his first goal in Serie A against Parma, only to be denied by VAR.
During Saturday’s action-filled clash between Juventus and Napoli, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a a goal and went on to mock VAR in his celebrations. The goal came in 62nd minute after which Ronaldo showed the VAR symbol during his celebration, which seemed to suggest that he was sarcastically asking not to celebrate until VAR confirms.
Cristiano Ronaldo goal and VAR celebration pic.twitter.com/V02qBA6sqW
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It was the third goal of the match after Danilo and Gonzalo Higuain had scored within the first 20 minutes. The match seemed to be completely dominated by the home side until that point. Before Ronaldo’s celebration could be considered as the only drama in a one-sided affair, the real drama was about to begin.
Napoli, quite incredibly, came back by scoring three goals in a span of 15 minutes. Carlo Ancelotti changed the system to 4-4-2 after a disappointing performance in the first half and brought in Lozano and Mario Rui from the bench.
Kostas Manolas, Hirving Lozano and Giovanni de Lorenzo, all found the back of the net for Napoli between the 66th and 81st minute. It was extremely unfortunate that they had to lose the match from such a situation. It took an own goal from Kalidou Koulibaly for Juventus to take three points from the game.
Highlights of Juventus vs Napoli:
The game should serve as a warning to the Italian Champions early in the season that the league is open and things should not be taken for granted. Ancelotti’s side, meanwhile, will take a lot of positives from the game, especially the second half where they caused troubles to Juventus, who rarely concede goals at home.