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Udinese and Frosinone settled for a tense 0-0 draw at the Dacia Arena on Saturday night. Matias Soule’s debut for Eusebio Di Francesco’s squad, following his loan move from Juventus, didn’t unfold as expected.
Udinese entered the match in pursuit of their first win of the season, having only secured one point from the opening two rounds. Meanwhile, Frosinone aimed to capitalize on their impressive 2-1 home victory over Atalanta the previous weekend. Despite both teams launching attacks, neither managed to gain a decisive edge in the attacking third.
The first contentious moment arose in the 28th minute when referee Marco Guida initially pointed to the penalty spot after a Frosinone player went down inside Udinese’s 18-yard box. However, following a VAR review, he reversed his decision, citing an offside infringement. Despite several decent half-chances, the score remained level at halftime.
Less than a minute into the second half, Guida awarded Udinese a penalty. However, reminiscent of the earlier incident around the half-hour mark, he retracted his initial call, penalizing Lorenzo Lucca for an offensive foul instead. The second half began in a frenetic manner.
Shortly after being denied a penalty opportunity, Udinese appeared to break the deadlock with a scrappy own goal credited to Simone Romagnoli. Nevertheless, another VAR intervention curtailed the home players’ celebrations. A meticulous review revealed that the ball had gone out of play before Florian Thauvin delivered the cross that led to the goal.
Both teams had multiple promising chances to secure all three points, but it was the goalkeepers who took center stage at the Dacia Arena.