Cagliari's Duje Cop went down under a challenge from Alex Sandro and the ball ran on to Farias who sent a deflected shot over the crossbar. Referee Fabio Maresca awarded a corner, however, after consulting with the VAR, he went over to the television monitor on the touchline, returned to the pitch, drew a television in the air and pointed to the spot. Replays showed that contact was minimal and Juventus protested but they need not have worried as a weak Farias penalty was comfortably saved by Juve's 39-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
VAR is in place for the game between Hellas Verona and Napoli in Serie A. ? pic.twitter.com/yV95sqR05AAugust 19, 2017
Gianluigi Buffon ? Juventus have started the new season like they have never been away, Report: https://t.co/kXlWxG93BZ pic.twitter.com/68AibiKdUB — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 19, 2017"I can just say that we're lucky to have Gianluigi in goal, he's still the best," said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri. "If it takes a minute and a half to make the decision, we could use that time for a time-out like they do in basketball." Instead of going in level at halftime, Cagliari found themselves 2-0 down when Miralem Pjanic hoisted a ball over the opposition backline to Dybala who chested it down and struck it past Alessio Cragno. Higuain added the third in the 66th minute with a typically clinical finish after a sweeping passing move.
#SerieATIM 2017/18: starts well: at Bentegodi #VeronaNapoli 1-3 ? #ForzaNapoliSempre ? pic.twitter.com/TpX5NvuLUK — Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) August 19, 2017Faouzi Ghoulam finished off another Insigne-inspired move just after the hour, although Napoli had a nervous few minutes as Elseid Hysaj gave away a penalty, was sent off and Giampaolo Pazzini pulled one back from the spot.