Italy made it. The Azzurri will defend their European title next year in Germany as a goalless stalemate against Ukraine in Leverkusen was enough for them to make it to Euro 2024. They ended second in Group C, six points adrift of England. Luciano Spalletti and his boys needed at least one point to avoid going through the playoff ordeal. They did not get the win tonight but not for lack of trying.
Ukraine and Italy shared the spoils in a tepid 0-0 draw at Leverkusen's BayArena in the pivotal UEFA 2026 European Championship qualifying game. Gli Azzurri weathered a late storm to book tickets to Germany, where they will defend their crown next summer.
Luciano Spalletti has confirmed that Italy will indeed move on from Jorginho as a PK taker following his latest error against North Macedonia. Italy didn’t pay the price for it last Friday, unlike in other instances, most notably in both World Cup qualifiers versus Switzerland in 2021.
Luciano Spalletti has issued the final squad list for the Ukraine game, where Italy will need to avoid losing to finish second and qualify for Euro 2024 directly without going through the playoff. The most notable exclusion is Domenico Berardi, who started against North Macedonia but had an underwhelming performance.
Football world's attention turns to Leverkusen's BayArena as Ukraine and Italy square off in a 'do or die' type of contest on Monday. Qualification for Euro 2024 is at stake as the two nations face each other in a nail-biting qualifying Group C's finale.
A place at Euro 2024 will be on the line when Ukraine and Italy lock horns in a qualifying Group C second-place six-pointer at the BayArena on Monday. Despite starting the last round of qualifiers level on points, Luciano Spalletti's men are in firm control of their qualification hopes.
Monday is the day of reckoning as Ukraine and Italy go head-to-head at Leverkusen's BayArena in a crunch UEFA 2024 European Championship qualifier. Despite the expectations, Euro 2024 qualifying Group C has gone down to the wire, with the two nations set to trade tackles in a qualification six-pointer.
Luckily for Jorginho, Federico Chiesa soon went into berserk mode and scored twice in the space a few minutes to build a three-goal cushion for the Azzurri. Jorginho’s umpteenth penalty miss was thus quickly forgotten. But not forgiven. The man had some courage, we’ll give him that. But you know how they say, right? “To err is human, (but) to persist is diabolical.”
Winning was the only thing that mattered tonight at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome as Italy faced their recent times nemesis North Macedonia in the Euro 2024 Qualifiers. And the Azzurri did win, putting five past the North Macedonians, but also conceded two to Blagoja Milevski's side right when it seemed that they had got the job done.
Italy gaffer Luciano Spalletti has issued his final call-ups for Friday’s game versus North Macedonia. Five players will watch the tilt from the stands since they can’t all be on the bench. Vicario, Colpani, who'll have to wait for his debut, Biraghi, and Kean miss out.
It's crunch time in UEFA 2024 European Championship qualifying as reigning European champions Italy face a familiar task. Friday's encounter against North Macedonia at the Stadio Olimpico brings back unpleasant memories.
Luciano Spalletti quickly cut to the chase and explained his decision to exclude captain Ciro Immobile from the call-ups for the two final Euro 2024 qualifiers in the presser to kick off the preparation: "I selected the three starters that had the best condition in my mind."