In Leverkusen, Italy secured a crucial point against Ukraine, ensuring their qualification for the European Championship as defending champions. Despite a goalless draw, the game was filled with opportunities and controversy, notably a disputed penalty claim by Ukraine’s Mihajlo Mudrik after a collision with Bryan Cristante in the Italian penalty area. However, the referee did not award a penalty, and there was surprise that VAR was not consulted. Ukrainian coach Serhij Rebrov expressed disappointment, believing his team was denied a clear penalty that could have secured their place at the Euros.
Despite the setback, Ukraine still has hope to qualify for the European Championship as Germany is also vying for a spot through the playoffs. The tension between these two teams will only heighten as they continue to compete for one of the remaining spots in this highly anticipated tournament.