Juventus’ troublesome start to the 2022/23 season continued after the Old Lady were denied a 94th-minute winner against Salernitana after coming back from 2-0 down to win the game in stoppage time – only 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 in the aftermath of the unmissable carnage in Turin…
It was the underdogs who led the game 2-0 at half-time courtesy of goals from Antonio Candreva and Krzysztof Piatek as the away side stunned the hosts on a night when they were feeling the heat on home soil.
The response from Massimiliano Allegri’s men was emphatic in the second half as new 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 in the box.
Yet the drama was only just getting started as Juventus went in search of a much-needed victory – despite seemingly salvaging a point 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 prolonged break in play.
Then, crazily, after all the carnage referee Marcenaro was instructed to go over the monitor to check a possible offside in regards to Milik’s goal.
Replays showed that Bonucci was just ahead of the final Salernitana defender and as he challenged for the ball, the goal was ruled out.
Bonucci did not technically touch the ball but he did try to get on the end of Milik’s header – meaning the officials made the correct decision much to the dismay of the furious Juventus players.
The Italian giants have not been 2-0 down at home in Serie A since way back in 2004 when they were managed by Marcello Lippi.
Allegri is now facing calls for the sack despite his side snatching a draw as he battles to keep his job following his return to the club.
However, problematically for Juve they have tied their manager down to a long-term contract meaning if they did decide to pull the trigger, the Italian would be due a hefty pay-off.
Juventus are in 8th position after six matches, four points adrift of league leaders Napoli.