Perin, Italiano, Vlahovic: Fiorentina-Juve, what you didn’t spot on TV

Here are the five FiorentinaJuventus things you didn’t spot on TV, including Vincenzo Italiano celebrating a VAR penalty like it was a goal and Dusan Vlahovic greeting the Tuscans’ staff members.

Football Italia is among the accredited media at the Stadio Franchi and brings you the five things you have missed by watching the game on TV.

Italiano celebrates too early.

Fiorentina had a huge chance to go ahead in the first half when they were awarded a penalty kick following a VAR check. It took a few minutes to spot Leandro Paredes’ handball inside the box. Once referee Daniele Doveri mimicked the TV screen, Fiorentina coach Italiano celebrated almost as if La Viola had already scored. A bit too early, as Mattia Perin eventually denied Luka Jovic.

VAR call surprises the Franchi crowd

Not everyone spotted Paredes’ handball live, and only a part of Fiorentina fans in the Curva Fiesole moaned, appealing for a penalty kick. Most Fiorentina supporters remained quiet and were surprised when Doveri walked through the pitch-side screen to review the penalty incident. Eventually, it was the right call, although most people at the stadium spotted the handball late, including the match official.

Mattia Perin celebrates with Carlo Pinsoglio

The Italy international replaced Wojciech Szczesny, who had suffered an ankle injury on Wednesday in Juventus’ 2-0 win over Spezia. The ex-Genoa shot-stopped deflected Jovic’s shot to the right post and celebrated wildly once he saw the ball hadn’t crossed the line. On the other side of the pitch, Leonardo Bonucci and Carlo Pinsoglio literally jumped outside the dugout embracing each other. Perin looked toward Juventus reserves and cheered with Pinsoglio from distance.

Dusan Vlahovic greets Fiorentina staff members.

The Serbia international, a former local hero, remained on the bench ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash against PSG. His former fans booed him every time he walked close to the Juventus dugout. During the break, he approached the away sector at the Franchi to wave at his new fans, receiving even more boos and insults from the local crowd. Vlahovic continued to warm up, greeting some familiar faces, including stadium workers and local photographers who had spent a long spell with him in Florence.

Allegri’s ‘Calma!’

The moment that mirrored Juventus’ match was probably Max Allegri shouting ‘calm, calm’ at his players while Mattia De Sciglio was about to take a defensive throw in with less than a minute remaining to play. Juventus didn’t produce one single shot on target in the second half and pretty much sat deep throughout the game to defend the draw, hoping to score on the counter. Allegri had switched to a 3-5-2 (or 5-3-2) for the final ten minutes and was furious with his players in the last minutes of the game, so much so that he quickly made his way to the dressing room after the final whistle, looking very frustrated.

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