Roma win first post-Totti derby, VAR helps Napoli
ROME: Serie A leaders Napoli were on the right end of two borderline offside decisions, the first awarded with the help of the video replay system (VAR), as they beat AC Milan 2-1 on Saturday to send their rivals back into crisis mode.
In the earlier game, AS Roma beat arch-rivals Lazio by the same score to win the first derby since the retirement of their talismanic playmaker Francesco Totti.
Totti, who retired last season after 25 years with Roma which included a record 44 derby appearances, watched from the stands.
It was a nightmare match for Lazio defender Bastos who gave away the penalty for Roma's first goal and lost possession at the start of the move which led to Radja Nainggolan striking the winner.
Napoli's win left them with 35 points from 13 games, four ahead of titleholders Juventus who are away on Sunday to a Sampdoria side who boast a 100 percent home record.
Roma moved above Lazio to third with 30 points from 12 games, ahead of Inter Milan on goal difference and two points clear of their neighbours.
Lorenzo Insigne, overlooked by Italy for the second leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff against Sweden on Monday when a goalless draw meant they failed to qualify, opened the scoring with the help of VAR in the 33rd minute.
Insigne collected Jorginho's long pass forward, left the Milan defence standing and clipped the ball past Gianluigi Donnarumma only to see his goal chalked off for offside.
Milan were preparing to re-start with a free kick when referee Daniele Doveri signalled that the VAR was being consulted, and then awarded the goal.