Bernardeschi celebrated against Fiorentina 'out of respect for the fans'

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Juventus star Federico Bernardeschi has defended his celebrations against his former employers during his side's 2-0 win over Fiorentina on Friday.

With the score goalless, the Viola were awarded a penalty - only for referee Marco Guida to chalk it off after a three-minute consultation with the VAR system.

While Jordan Veretout waited to take the penalty, the VAR (video assistant referee) was consulted. The play was overturned and sometimes there is nothing to be done.

The 23-year-old scored the Turin giants' first goal as he curled in a left-footed free-kick in the 56th minute on Friday. Bernardeschi was later substituted off to the whistles of the crowd.

The win was sealed with four minutes remaining as Gonzalo Higuain fired past Marco Sportiello with Giorgio Chiellini picking up the assist.

It was an important win for champions Juventus who now have 62 points from 24 games - two points ahead of Napoli - who can reclaim top spot when they host Lazio on Saturday.

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"They took a lifetime to decide", said Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli.

The first half had delivered little in the way of action as Stefano Pioli's team made life hard for the visitors.

Fiorentina nearly went ahead before the break when Gil Dias ran nearly 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.

With four goals in six league starts so far this season, the Italian global is doing his best to make it hard for Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri to leave him out of the playing XI. I was just waiting for the referee's decision, it's him who decides and it's happened on other occasions. The wait was long and fortunately the penalty was taken off.

That's daunting news for Premier League leading scorer Harry Kane and Tottenham, who are next on the schedule for Juve when the clubs meet in their Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday at the Allianz Stadium.

Let's see, now we have to allow our players to recover.

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