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Ukraine national football team
Euro Champ Qualifying | Group Stage
Nov 20, 2023 at 7.45pm UK
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Italy qualify for Euro 2024 despite Ukraine stalemate

Italy qualify for Euro 2024 despite Ukraine stalemate
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Holders Italy qualify for Euro 2024 despite playing out a 0-0 draw with Ukraine, who are consigned to the playoffs.

European Championship holders Italy have qualified for the 2024 tournament in Germany despite playing out a 0-0 draw with Ukraine at the BayArena in Leverkusen on Monday night.

Both nations entered their 10th and final qualifier sitting level on points in Group C, but the Azzurri in second place knew that they only needed to avoid defeat against Ukraine in third to secure an automatic qualification spot, due to their 2-1 win over the Blue and Yellow in the reverse fixture.

Luciano Spaletti's side travelled to Leverkusen in buoyant mood after boosting their qualification hopes with a 5-2 home victory over North Macedonia in their penultimate Group C match last Friday.

Although Italy were wasteful in the final third against Ukraine, firing just two of their 17 shots on target, they ultimately did enough to secure their spot at Euro 2024, along with Group C winners England.

The Azzurri should have been ahead inside the opening seven minutes, but Juventus' Federico Chiesa blazed a glorious chance over the crossbar from close range after Nicolo Zaniolo headed the ball into his path at the far post.

Giacomo Raspadori then failed to make contact with a fizzed delivery across the six-yard box from Chiesa despite his best efforts to slide towards goal, before Davide Frattesi's goal-bound effort was denied following a superb block by Anatolii Trubin just after the half-hour mark.

Italy's Federico Chiesa in action with Ukraine's Yukhym Konoplia on November 20, 2023© Reuters

Frattesi had another effort blocked, this time from Everton's Vitaliy Mykolenko, before Chiesa - who was heavily involved for Italy in the first 45 - and Giovanni Di Lorenzo directed decent efforts off target.

Towards the end of the first half, Gianluigi Donnarumma was almost caught out by a Ukraine throw that eventually made its way to Mykhaylo Mudryk at the back post, but the Chelsea winger's effort from a tight angle was denied by the 6ft 5in frame of Italy's number one.

The onus was on Serhiy Rebrov's Ukraine side to push for the match-winning goal that they required to automatically qualify for Euro 2024, but the contest became nervy after the interval with minimal goalmouth action.

Ukraine had a stoppage-time penalty appeal somewhat surprisingly waved away after Mudryk went down under a challenge from Bryan Cristante, and VAR decided not to intervene.

Italy eventually battled their way through seven minutes of injury time to get themselves over the line and celebrate their eighth successive qualification for the European Championship finals, just over two years on from their Euro 2020 final triumph over England.

Ukraine, meanwhile, have to settle for third place in Group C, but they can still qualify for next year's tournament in Germany via the playoffs, and they will discover their opponents when the draw takes place on Thursday in Nyon.

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3 Norway Norway832311
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4 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan1060418
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Group I

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