Cagliari awarded penalty against Juventus in Italy's first VAR decision

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Serie A saw its first ever decision overturned by a video assistant in the defending champions' season opener on Saturday

Cagliari were awarded a penalty against Juventus in Serie A's first-ever Video Assistant Referee decision on Saturday.

VAR technology was introduced this season in Italy's top flight and the Sardinians were the first beneficiaries of a reversed decision on the first day of the Serie A season – though Gianluigi Buffon saved from Diego Farias' poor spot-kick. 

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Near the end of the first half, Duje Cop went down under a challenge from Juventus defender Alex Sandro, but the referee only awarded a corner.

But the referee was notifiied that the VAR determined the incident could have been a penalty kick and after a brief review, a spot-kick was awarded to Cagliari.

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Farias was unable to take advantage, however, as his poor penalty was easily saved by Buffon.

Juventus would go on to win the opener 3-0 after goals from Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain. 

 

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