Defending champions Italy qualify for Euro 2024 after goalless Ukraine draw


20 November 2023, North Rhine-Westphalia, Leverkusen: Soccer: European Championship qualifier, Ukraine - Italy, group stage, Group C, match day 10, in the BayArena. Ruslan Malinovskyi (l) from Ukraine and Italy's Bryan Cristante (M) and Gianluca Scamacca (r) fight for the ball. 

Defending European champions Italy qualified for Euro 2024 after a goalless draw against Ukraine in Germany.

The point ensured Italy finished second in Group C, level on 14 points with third-placed Ukraine but with a better head-to-head record after a tense affair that could have gone either way.

Ukraine, who have never beaten Italy, had strong claims for a stoppage-time penalty after Bryan Cristante's clumsy challenge on Mykhailo Mudryk but nothing was given.

Ukraine can still book a spot at a fourth consecutive European Championship via the play-offs in March. The play-off draw will take place on Thursday in Nyon.

Meanwhile, Italy ended six points behind Group C winners England, who had sealed qualification after beating Luciano Spalletti's side 3-1 at Wembley in October.

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