Udinese vs Frosinone 0-0: VAR Steal Spotlight in Tepid Draw

Udinese and Frosinone shared the spoils in a nervy 0-0 draw at the Dacia Arena on Saturday evening. Matias Soule’s debut for Eusebio Di Francesco’s side after arriving from Juventus on loan didn’t go as planned.

Udinese came into proceedings seeking their first win of the season after winning just one point in the opening two rounds. On the other hand, Frosinone looked to build on a stunning 2-1 home triumph over Atalanta last weekend. Guards were down, but neither side could gain a foothold in the front third.

The first controversial moment came in the 28th minute as referee Marco Guida pointed to the spot after a Frosinone player finished on the ground inside Udinese’s 18-yard box. But after consulting with VAR, he overturned his decision for offside. Despite several decent half-chances, the score didn’t change by halftime.

Less than a minute into the second half, Guida awarded a penalty to Udinese. But as happened around the half-hour mark, he discarded his initial call, punishing Lorenzo Lucca for an offensive foul instead. It wasn’t the end of a frantic start to the second period.

Minutes after being stripped of a chance to score from the spot, Udinese found a breakthrough through a sloppy own goal from Simone Romagnoli. However, another VAR intervention cut the home players’ celebrations short. A careful review spotted the ball left the play before Florian Thauvin launched a cross that led to the goal.

Both sides had several promising opportunities to take three points, but the goalkeepers ran the show at the Dacia Arena.

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