Verona had the best chances, hitting the woodwork with Pawel Dawidowicz and Kevin Lasagna’s late volley saved, but Giovanni Simeone was lucky not to see red against his old club.
Hellas needed to get back on track after a surprise defeat at Sampdoria, but Gianluca Frabotta and Nikola Kalinic were still on the treatment table. The Sardinians had drawn two in a row, conceding a stoppage-time equaliser against Salernitana on Friday. Alessio Cragno stayed home as he is about to become a father again, while Diego Godin, Sebastian Walukiewicz and Marko Rog were still sidelined.
A sensational Martin Caceres interception prevented Gianluca Caprari tapping in a Marco Davide Faraoni cross at the back post in the opening minutes, sliding in he somehow hooked the ball away from five yards.
Nahitan Nandez saw his solo effort flapped away, while Charalampos Lykogiannis and Miguel Veloso free kicks skimmed the woodwork.
Straight after the restart, Giovanni Simeone was very fortunate not to receive a red card for his horrible scissor-kick challenge on Nandez. It sparked a touchline scuffle, with Joao Pedro and Keita Balde Diao particularly furious, but VAR did not call the referee back to review the tackle.
Simeone almost opened the scoring moments later, scuffing his finish straight at the goalkeeper when in a one-on-one situation. Boris Radunovic flew to palm away the Antonin Barak curler from the edge of the box, then he was saved by the frame of the goal when a corner was flicked on by Pawel Dawidowicz’s head.
Radunovic made an astonishing save from point-blank range on Kevin Lasagna, who flicked on a Faraoni cross with a volley at the near post.
Verona 0-0 Cagliari