VAR was the protagonist in Roma’s last-gasp victory over Cagliari, as it awarded a penalty – that Diego Perotti saw parried – and a Federico Fazio winner.
The spot-kick was awarded via VAR after the referee originally booked Edin Dzeko for simulation, but he watched the footage and instead ruled Alessio Cragno had made contact with his ankle.
Cragno made up for the situation anyway, as he stood still until the last second to parry Perotti’s penalty, his second save of the season.
The Giallorossi created precious few scoring opportunities, as the trident of Perotti, Dzeko and Patrik Schick didn’t work.
Deep into stoppages, Aleksandar Kolarov whipped in a free kick and Cragno punched it on to Fazio’s chest for the ball to ricochet back into the net from six yards.
The celebrations were cut short and there were tense moments in the Olimpico, as they waited for the referee to view the VAR footage. Eventually, he ruled that there was no intentional handball and awarded the goal.
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