After a 0:0 draw against Ukraine, the Italian team qualified for next year’s European Championship and will thus defend its trophy. In the match in question, the “Azure” did not have to lose in order to be sure participants of the forum in Germany.
Italy succeeded and will defend their European title at Euro 2024
However, the Italians were one step away from failure, because in the added time of the match in Leverkusen, a discussion situation came to a possible penalty in favor of Ukraine. In this case, it was a potential foul on Brian Cristante against Mihailo Mudrick.
At the time, the head referee Jesus Hill Manzano judged that it was not a foul and accordingly did not indicate the white spot. There was no signal from the VAR, which should mean that the referees in the room, after reviewing the tapes of the situation, did not find an obvious error on the part of the referee.
If it had come down to a penalty kick and the Ukrainians had converted it, they would most likely have qualified directly at the expense of the Italians, who would have had to go through the Nations League play-offs. Now Ukraine will play a play-off, almost certainly having to argue with Israel first, and if successful, it will play one of Finland and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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