In Leverkusen, Italy secured a crucial point against Ukraine, securing their qualification for the European Championship as defending champions. Despite a goalless draw, the game was filled with opportunities and controversy, notably a disputed penalty claim by Ukraine’s Mihajlo Mudrik after a collision with Bryan Cristante in the Italian penalty area. However, the referee did not award a penalty, and there was surprise that VAR was not consulted. Ukrainian coach Serhij Rebrov expressed disappointment, believing his team was denied a clear penalty that could have secured their place at the Euros.
The disappointment was palpable among both Ukraine and Italy as they left the field without any goals to show for their efforts. But despite this setback, there is still hope for Ukraine to qualify for the European Championship. Germany is also vying for a spot through the playoffs, adding an extra layer of tension to the competition. With only one spot remaining on the roster, it will be an uphill battle for both teams to make it into the final tournament.