Cristiano Ronaldo is under fans attack on the social media for his role in getting goalkeeper Alex Meret sent off during Juventus 2-1 win over Napoli on Sunday night.
The home-side also failed to score from a late spot-kick in the entertaining clash between the two top sides in the Italian topflight. Both teams ended the hostilities with ten men each during the dramatic clash.
And Ronaldo was criticized for diving after Italy under-21 goalie, Meret, who was adjudged to have fouled the Portuguese star with his foot.
Further review of video clips revealed that there was no contact in the tackle, as the Juventus forward avoided Meret’s leg.
The match referee stood by his decision as Miralem Pjanic netted the resulting free-kick past substitute goalie David Ospina.
Emre Can netted the second goal in the second half to put Juventus in the driving seat as Pjanic was handed his second booking of the game saw him sent off in the 47 minutes.
Jose Callejon reduced Juventus from close range in the 60th minute, before Lorenzo Insigne failed to convert a glorious opportunity after missing a spot-kick in 84th minute.
After the blast of the final whistle football fans blamed Ronaldo of “ruining” the game. Even the introduction of VAR technology failed to help out as the referee’s original decision stood.
Juve claimed all points at the end of the contest to go 16-point clear at the top of Serie A.
Earlier, Continentour.com.ng reported that Juventus move 16 points clear at the summit of the log on Sunday, March 3, after beating Napoli 2-1 at home in an entertaining Serie A clash.
The Bianconeri presented a different squad after the hard-fought win over 1-0 Bologna in the last fixture with the likes of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, Emre Can, Giorgio Chiellini and Miralem Pjanic returning to the starting XI.
Hostilities commenced in a Panicky mood, but the atmosphere soon charged up after about 25 minute of action when Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret was handed a straight red for rough tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo, who was through on goal.
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