Sampdoria Tweet After VAR Decisions Back Cristiano Ronaldo's Penalty, Defeat To Juventus

Sampdoria are not happy with the role that VAR played in their 2-1 defeat to Juventus on Saturday.

The Old Lady took an early first-half lead through Cristiano Ronaldo's strike, but Fabio Quagliarella fired in from the spot kick to equalise for Sampdoria and keep the score 1-1 at half-time.

After a corner was awarded in the 63rd minute, Miralem Pjanić swung in the ball and it hit Alex Ferrari on the hand.

While his arm was by his side, VAR was called into action and a penalty was awarded to Juve, with Ronaldo converting from the spot kick and handing his side a 2-1 advantage.

Riccardo Saponara curled in a peach of a strike during injury time, only for VAR to once again be called into action and ruled that the 27-year-old midfielder came back from an offside position.

As expected, the goal was disallowed and it handed Massimiliano Allegri's men all three points.

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Sampdoria tweeted at full-time and were not shy to express their thoughts on VAR's use for Ronaldo's penalty and the final result.

"Full-time in Turin. #JuveSamp ends in a home win, thanks to a debatable #Ronaldo penalty and a helping hand by #VAR. Hard lines," reads the tweet.

Ronaldo showed during the match how important he has been for Juve this season, with the Italian club ending the first half of the season at the top of Serie A.

Allegri's side have picked up 17 wins out of the 19 matches they have played in the league.

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Credit: PA

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United star, who has once again had an impressive scoring feat in 2018, praised his team's performance and came out in support of VAR.

"The team is doing very well, we had an excellent first half to the season, but must keep working to ensure we keep this kind of form in the second half of the season," he told Sky Sport Italia (via Football Italia).

"I like VAR, because these are difficult decisions for a referee and we should welcome anything that makes his job easier."

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