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Reigning champions Italy qualify for Euro 2024

Reigning European winners, Italy earned the point they needed against Ukraine to qualify for Euro 2024 as Group C runners-up behind England.

Reigning European winners, Italy earned the point they needed against Ukraine to qualify for Euro 2024 as Group C runners-up behind England.

Crucial Outcome for Italy

Italy entered their crucial encounter against Ukraine needing only to avoid defeat, having secured a 2-1 win in the reverse fixture. The stakes were high as both teams were level on points at the start of this decisive match.

Tense Battle Ends in a Draw

The match, held in Leverkusen, Germany, unfolded as a tense and frantic affair but concluded in a goalless draw. This result sealed Italy’s place in next summer’s finals, securing their ticket to the prestigious tournament.

Ukraine’s Qualification Prospects

Despite their valiant efforts, Ukraine, positioned in third place, now look towards the play-offs scheduled for March to keep their qualification hopes alive.

Drama in the Closing Moments

In a highly charged atmosphere at their ‘home’ venue, amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, the Ukrainian team fought fervently. Their appeals for a stoppage-time penalty were dismissed after Mykhailo Mudryk went down under a challenge from Bryan Cristante. 

However, Italy managed to weather this late scare and secure their spot in Germany for what will be their eighth consecutive European Championship appearance.

Italy’s hard-fought qualification showcases their resilience and determination on the field, while Ukraine’s spirited performance amid challenging circumstances reflects their tenacity. The European Championship promises to be a platform for top-tier football and compelling narratives next summer.

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