MADRID, 20 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Italian team sealed its ticket this Monday for the Euro 2024 Championship in Germany after signing a goalless draw against Ukraine in Leverkusen (0-0), on a final day of the qualifying phase in which the Czech Republic and Slovenia, After beating Moldova (3-0) and Kazakhstan (2-1), they also guaranteed their presence at the event.
At the BayArena in the German city, where the Ukrainians played at home due to the war in their country, the ‘Azzurra’, current continental champions, generated most of the chances in the first half, but played with fire in a match in which the ‘local’ team asked for a penalty on Mijailo Mudryk in stoppage time.
Inter midfielder Davide Frattesi had the clearest chance for Luciano Spalletti’s men in a one-on-one match that was thwarted by Anatoli Trubin before the half-hour mark. Gianluigi Donnarumma also took the only shot for the Ukrainians, who were on the verge of ruining the four-time world champion’s pass if the Spanish referee whistled for a possible foul by Francesco Acerbi on the Chelsea winger in the 93rd minute.
In this way, Italy reaches 14 points – the same as Ukraine, which will go to the play-offs – and finishes second in Group C, where England had already certified the lead. Gareth Southgate’s men drew against North Macedonia in Skopje (1-1) and guaranteed their seeded status in the draw for the group stage of next summer’s tournament.
The European runners-up saved a point thanks to an own goal from Atanasov in the 59th minute, after Jack Grealish’s goal was disallowed for offside after the restart and Enis Bardhi opened the scoring in the final minutes of the match. the first part.
In Group E, the Czech Republic qualified for the EURO as second after beating Moldova (3-0), who played with one less from the 55th. Albania, leader and who already had the ticket to Germany won, did not They went from a draw against the weakest rival in the group, the bottom Faroe Islands (0-0).
Finally, in Group H, the third ticket of the day went to Jan Oblak’s Slovenia, a team that qualified for a European Championship for the second time in its history after defeating Kazakhstan (2-1). Meanwhile, Denmark finished first in the group despite losing to Northern Ireland (2-0), and Finland beat San Marino (1-2).
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