BREAKING: #Italy Qualify For #EURO2024 At The Expense Of Opponents #Ukraine—-The Genius Media Nigeria reports that Reigning champions Italy have qualified for EURO 2024 Monday after a nervy 0-0 draw with Ukraine, who will now have to come through play-offs if they are to make it to the finals in Germany next year.
Italy will defend their Euro 2024 title next summer after Luciano Spalletti’s side grabbed the point they needed against Ukraine, who head for the play-offs. In a tight game, Anatoliy Trubin and Gianluigi Donnarumma made important saves to keep the game goalless. Italy and Ukraine both finish Group C on 14 points, with the Italians advancing courtesy of their 2-1 win in the reverse fixture.
Italy secured a place in the Euro 2024 finals in Germany courtesy of a goalless draw against Ukraine in Leverkusen.
This was far from a vintage Catenaccio-type defensive display from the Azzuri though, and they could have put Ukraine out of the game in the first half.
Federico Chiesa had a great chance in the seventh minute but he blazed over after Nicolo Zaniolo had headed the ball into his path.
Just after the half-hour mark Chiesa played a fine through-ball but Davide Frattesi saw his effort blocked by Anatoliy Trubin.
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma also was called upon to make big stops denying Georgiy Sudakov’s long-range effort in the first half and then spreading himself to block Mykhailo Mudryk’s close-range effort in the second half.
Both teams finish with 14 points from Group C, behind winners England, but Italy finish above due to their 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture.
Ukraine will now be one of the nations in the hat when the play-offs are drawn on Thursday.