FLORENCE, Italy (AP) Video technology caused controversy in Juventus’s 2-0 win at Fiorentina on Friday.
Federico Bernardeschi scored against his old team before Gonzalo Higuain sealed victory as Juventus moved top of Serie A, two points above Napoli, which hosts third-place Lazio on Saturday.
But there was an incident in the first half that took center stage.
Fiorentina was awarded a penalty in the 18th minute after Giorgio Chiellini blocked Marco Benassi’s cross with his arms. Then, as Jordan Veretout waited to take the spotkick, the video-assistant referee was consulted and, after a three-minute wait, a free kick was awarded to Juve.
The decision appeared to be made because Benassi was offside. However, the pass to the winger had come off Juve defender Alex Sandro.
Fiorentina almost went ahead before the break when Gil Dias ran almost from halfway before unleashing a fierce shot that crashed off the post into the arms of goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who was making his 500th Serie A appearance.
Fiorentina had Juve pinned back early in the second period but the visitors took the lead with a superb Bernardeschi free kick in the 56th minute.
The 23-year-old Italy international joined Juve last July after spending 10 years at Fiorentina and was jeered by the home fans when he was substituted 12 minutes from time.
Fiorentina came close to an equalizer several times but Juve doubled its tally in the 86th minute when Higuain was sent clear by Chiellini and the Argentina forward lifted the ball over goalkeeper Marco Sportiello.
The win will boost Juve as it prepares to host Tottenham on Tuesday in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.