Saturday December 15 2018
Mazzarri: 'Torino had two penalties'

Walter Mazzarri questioned the lack of intervention from VAR over two Torino penalty appeals. “We played on a par with Juventus.”

The Granata were eventually beaten by a Cristiano Ronaldo spot-kick, awarded when Mario Mandzukic pounced on a poor Simone Zaza back-pass and was brought down by Ichazo.

However, when it was still 0-0, Toro had two of their own appeals waved away for a push on Andrea Belotti as he jumped and Alex Sandro manhandling Zaza.

“I have to compliment my lads, because they put in a strong performance and played on a par with a tank like Juventus,” Mazzarri told DAZN.

“In these cases, the incidents ultimately make the difference. We lost Salvatore Sirigu to injury early on, but Ichazo did well too. It’s a pity to have missed out on a point that we would’ve deserved.

“You can take something from Juve only if they underestimate you, but they rested Giorgio Chiellini in the Champions League midweek, which shows how much they were thinking about this derby.

“An unfortunate incident proved decisive. Perhaps there could’ve been a penalty or two in our favour, we certainly got that impression… In other games, VAR went back to look at this sort of situation.

“Belotti was jumping to head the ball, which is his specialty, and he has a good chance of scoring if he connects with it cleanly. If you are pushed when mid-air, in my view that is a clear penalty.

“People say we complain, but since the last time there was a meeting about VAR, they have generally gone to check on incidents. Belotti and Zaza appealed and asked for it to be viewed on VAR.”

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