Ron­aldo bags brace as VAR as­sists Ju­ven­tus

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

half-time, with Fikayo To­mori and Ma­son Mount on tar­get.

But Nor­wich kept their com­po­sure and Pukki added his sec­ond to make it 3-2 be­fore the lights went out. CRIS­TIANO RON­ALDO scored twice as Serie A lead­ers Ju­ven­tus con­cluded 2018 with a VAR-dom­i­nated 2-1 win over Sam­p­do­ria at the Al­lianz Sta­dium.

Ron­aldo gave the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons the lead, and af­ter that was can­celled out by a Fabio Quagliarella penalty, the Por­tuguese con­verted a spot-kick him­self in the 65th minute.

Both penal­ties were awarded for hand­balls af­ter ref­eree Paolo Va­leri had con­sulted the pitch­side mon­i­tor.

Sam­p­do­ria then thought they had drawn level through Ric­cardo Saponara, only for the ef­fort to be ruled out for off­side once Va­leri had checked the re­play.

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