Stefano Pioli gave Nikola Milenković another start, and the Serb ended up at rightback to negate the threat of Mario Mandžukić. Max Allegri handed Viola traitor Federico Bernardeschi a start in his return to the Artemio Franchi.
Referee Marco Guida inexplicably waved off a penalty for a Giorgio Chiellini hand ball on a Marco Benassi cross in the 20th minute. Jordan Veretout was set up over the ball when it happened. The call was for an offside, but as the last touch of the ball came off of Alex Sandro to Benassi, it’s hard to see how that was anything but Juventus favoritism.
The juve player played the ball, how is it offside? pic.twitter.com/Pjam63vQPU— Andrinho (@andrinhhoo) February 9, 2018
At 56’, Milan Badelj fouled Federico Bernardeschi just outside the box, and the former Fiorentina man put the free kick past Marco Sportiello. The goalkeeper maybe could have done better, but there as a lot of traffic in the box that may have kept him from seeing the ball until too late. And of course, Berna celebrated like a madman after scoring against the club that nurtured him for more than a decade.
Fiorentina pushed forward for an equalizer, but Chiellini found space to put Gonzalo Higuaín through clear on goal, and the Argentine placed the ball past Sportiello to secure the points just a few minutes from time.
Goals: Bernardeschi 56’, Higuaín
Bookings: Milenković 37’, Veretout 67’, Théréau 84’, Biraghi 88’, 24’ Lichsteiner, Alex Sandro 39’, Benatia 90+3