Reigning European champions Italy secured the point they required in opposition to Ukraine to qualify for Euro 2024 as Group C runners-up behind England.
A 2-1 win within the reverse fixture meant Italy solely needed to keep away from defeat in opposition to Ukraine, with whom they started this significant encounter degree on factors.
A frantic match in Leverkusen, Germany ended goalless to substantiate the Azzurri’s place in subsequent summer time’s finals.
Third-placed Ukraine’s qualification hopes relaxation on the play-offs in March.
Spurred on by passionate assist at their ‘dwelling’ venue amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of their nation, Ukraine had appeals for a stoppage-time penalty dismissed after Mykhailo Mudryk went down below a problem from Bryan Cristante.
But Luciano Spalletti’s aspect survived that late scare to make sure they are going to be current in Germany to defend their crown, qualifying for their eighth consecutive European Championship.
“As all of you already know, the battle in Ukraine is constant,” Ukraine boss Serhiy Rebrov mentioned.
“It is sort of arduous for the gamers, they’re at all times watching their telephones, they’re watching the information, similar as me. In this ambiance, it isn’t straightforward to work.
“But we perceive we’re presenting as a really robust nation and I feel at present on the pitch all of the gamers confirmed that now we have character and that we battle for our nation.”
Rebrov’s Ukraine, the one aspect who had beforehand taken factors off England, started positively in pursuit of the victory they sought.
Heorhiy Sudakov’s low drive compelled Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma into motion in an end-to-end opening interval, throughout which Anatoliy Trubin additionally produced a advantageous save to disclaim Nicolo Barella.
The Azzurri steadily asserted themselves however Trubin once more got here to Ukraine’s rescue when Davide Frattesi was performed by on purpose, whereas Giacomo Raspadori fell agonisingly in need of assembly the full of life Federico Chiesa’s ball throughout the six-yard field.
Donnarumma recovered fantastically from his personal failure to gather a cross to smother Mudryk’s close-range try because the match remained delicately poised on the more and more tense BayArena, however Italy held on.
Ex-Napoli boss Spalletti, who solely changed Roberto Mancini as Italy boss three months in the past, mentioned: “We have a second to pat ourselves on the again.
“Now, the extent will step up. Now, the enjoyable begins.”
Elsewhere on Monday, the Czech Republic and Slovenia each additionally certified from their respective teams.
West Ham’s Tomas Soucek scored in a 3-0 win over Moldova because the Czechs certified behind leaders Albania in Group E – although boss Jaroslav Silhavy stepped down after guiding them to qualification.
Meanwhile, Slovenia progressed as Group H runners-up to Denmark with a 2-1 victory in opposition to Kazakhstan.
- 2KonoplyaBooked at 79minsSubstituted forTymchykat 86′minutes
- 4SvatokSubstituted forMalinovskyiat 90+1′minutes
- 6StepanenkoSubstituted forPikhalyonokat 80′minutes
- 15TsygankovSubstituted forZubkovat 80′minutes
- 17ZinchenkoSubstituted forSikanat 86′minutes
- 1G Donnarumma
- 2Di Lorenzo
- 6BuongiornoBooked at 7mins
- 8JorginhoSubstituted forCristanteat 71′minutes
- 20ZanioloSubstituted forPolitanoat 71′minutesSubstituted forDarmianat 90+2′minutes
- 10RaspadoriSubstituted forScamaccaat 45′minutes
- 14ChiesaSubstituted forKeanat 81′minutes
- 22El Shaarawy
- Jesús Gil Manzano
Match ends, Ukraine 0, Italy 0.
Second Half ends, Ukraine 0, Italy 0.
Attempt blocked. Danylo Sikan (Ukraine) proper footed shot from the fitting aspect of the field is blocked. Assisted by Oleksandr Pikhalyonok.
Foul by Gianluca Scamacca (Italy).
Oleksandr Tymchyk (Ukraine) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Substitution, Italy. Matteo Darmian replaces Matteo Politano.
Substitution, Ukraine. Ruslan Malinovskyi replaces Oleksandr Svatok.
Alessandro Buongiorno (Italy) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Artem Dovbyk (Ukraine).
Attempt saved. Heorhii Sudakov (Ukraine) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is saved within the backside left nook. Assisted by Mykhailo Mudryk.
Foul by Gianluca Scamacca (Italy).
Oleksandr Svatok (Ukraine) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Substitution, Ukraine. Danylo Sikan replaces Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Substitution, Ukraine. Oleksandr Tymchyk replaces Yukhym Konoplya.
Delay over. They are able to proceed.
Delay in match due to an harm Heorhii Sudakov (Ukraine).
Attempt missed. Matteo Politano (Italy) left footed shot from outdoors the field is excessive and large to the left. Assisted by Nicolò Barella.
Attempt blocked. Moise Kean (Italy) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Gianluca Scamacca.
Gianluca Scamacca (Italy) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Illia Zabarnyi (Ukraine).