Juventus’ troublesome begin to the 2022/23 season continued after the Old Lady were denied a 94th-minute winner against Salernitana after getting back from 2-0 all the way down to win the sport in stoppage time – just for VAR to disallow the goal for offside. But that only tells half of the story as card-happy referee Matteo Marcenaro issued FOUR red cards within the aftermath of the unmissable carnage in Turin…
It was the underdogs who led the sport 2-0 at half-time courtesy of goals from Antonio Candreva and Krzysztof Piatek because the away side stunned the hosts on an evening once they were feeling the warmth on home soil.
The response from Massimiliano Allegri’s men was emphatic within the second half as latest signing Gleison Bremer powered home a header from Filip Kostic’s cross to potentially spark a famous comeback.
After repeatedly knocking on the door, Juventus were then level in stoppage time when Leonardo Bonucci’s penalty was saved before the Italian veteran gratefully tucked home the rebound after Alex Sandro was brought down within the box.
Yet the drama was only just getting began as Juventus went seeking a much-needed victory – despite seemingly salvaging some extent in stoppage time.
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Juve boss Allegri was next to see red for his heated antics on the touchline as he urged the officials to regain control of proceedings after a chronic break in play.
Then, crazily, in any case the carnage referee Marcenaro was instructed to go over the monitor to envision a possible offside with regard to Milik’s goal.
Replays showed that Bonucci was just ahead of the ultimate Salernitana defender and as he challenged for the ball, the goal was ruled out.
Bonucci didn’t technically touch the ball but he did attempt to get on the top of Milik’s header – meaning the officials made the proper decision much to the dismay of the furious Juventus players.
The Italian giants haven’t been 2-0 down at home in Serie A since way back in 2004 once they were managed by Marcello Lippi.
Allegri is now facing calls for the sack despite his side snatching a draw as he battles to maintain his job following his return to the club.
Nevertheless, problematically for Juve they’ve tied their manager all the way down to a long-term contract meaning in the event that they did resolve to tug the trigger, the Italian can be due a hefty pay-off.
Juventus are in eighth position after six matches, 4 points adrift of league leaders Napoli.