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, but there is still hope for Ukraine to qualify for the European Championship through the playoffs.
In addition to Ukraine’s hopes, Germany is also vying for a spot through the playoffs. The outcome of these matches will determine which teams will be joining Italy as co-hosts of the European Championship next year.