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 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.
It is no secret that Juventus are monitoring the progress of Georgiy Sudakov, with the club sending scouts on more one occasion to witness the Ukrainian talent. Cristiano Giuntoli had reportedly already shortlisted Sudakov back when he was at Napoli, and the youngster has now commented on the links with Juventus.
Italy complicated their path to the Euro 2024 by losing to England at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday. They are still in control of their own destiny but will need positive results against North Macedonia and Ukraine to be certain. The Azzurri are now three points behind second place.
Ukraine icon Andriy Shevchenko has revealed the most significant goal of his playing career, going back twenty years when Milan won their sixth European cup. The 2003 UEFA Champions League went the Rossoneri’s way after Shevchenko netted the final penalty of the game past Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon in the shootouts following a goalless scoreline in normal time.
The win against Ukraine was Spalletti’s first as the Italy coach since taking over Mancini’s spot in the dugout. He remains unbeaten after two games, having drawn 1-1 vs North Macedonia in his managerial debut. Cannavaro gave his thoughts on the Italy team, drawing out examples from each position.
While Luciano Spalletti was roused by Davide Frattesi’s match-winning brace against Ukraine, he wasn’t the least bit impressed by the new Inter midfielder’s comments after the game. Gianluigi Donnarumma was booed for large periods by the San Siro crowd, reacting to which Frattesi backed the former Rossoneri.
Luciano Spalletti oversaw his first win as the new Italy manager with a potentially crucial 2-1 home victory over Ukraine on Tuesday night. Gli Azzurri eked out a dramatic triumph at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza to significantly increase the likelihood of Euro 2024 qualification.