Italy survived in the end against Ukraine for a place at Euro 2024 VIDEO

Italy survived in the end against Ukraine for a place at Euro 2024 VIDEO
Italy survived in the end against Ukraine for a place at Euro 2024 VIDEO


European champions Italy were held to a 0-0 draw by Ukraine in Leverkusen in their final Group C qualifier to qualify for Euro 2024 in Germany, where the Azzurri won their last world title in 2006.

As early as the fifth minute, Viktor Tsygankov advanced with a ball at his feet and attempted a shot from distance, but Donnarumma had no problem catching it. Moments later, Federico Chiesa received a brilliant pass but wasted a huge opportunity, firing over the crossbar.

In the 13th minute, Sudakov freed up space in the opponent’s penalty area and fired a powerful shot, but Donnarumma intervened again. Shortly after, Barella tried a hard shot from distance, but Trubin also showed his reflexes and cleared for a corner.

After half an hour, Davide Fratesi received a great pass in the penalty area, he did not hesitate to shoot, but Trubin shone with another save.

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Twenty minutes after the start of the second half, Ukraine executed a long lateral throw, and Italy’s defense and Donnarumma did not understand each other, in which Mudrik could have signed off, but the “squadra azura” guard saved with his foot.

A minute before the end of regular time, Sudakov was in a good position in the penalty area and attempted a shot, but the Italy guard was careful again and managed to save. In the third minute of added time of the match, Mudrik fell to the grass in the opponent’s penalty area after a contact with Acherbi, but the referee signaled that there was no penalty and did not even consult the VAR, and replays showed that the Ukrainian played the ball first and is then tripped by the defender.

In the end, the Azzurri were extremely lucky not to be awarded a penalty, finishing second in the group with 14 points, the same as Ukraine. Because of the victory on Italian soil, however, the Italians qualified for Euro 2024 and will defend their title in Germany.

Group C
North Macedonia – England 1:1

1:0 Ennis Bardy (41), 1:1 Harry Kane (59)

Ukraine – Italy 0:0

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