Italy secured a place in the Euro 2024 finals in Germany courtesy of a goalless draw against Ukraine in Leverkusen.
2024 EURO qualification
Ukraine will feel aggrieved for not being awarded a penalty deep into injury time when Mykhailo Mudryk went down after receiving contact from Italian substitute Bryan Cristante in the penalty area, but the referee felt it was not a penalty and VAR did not see enough to overturn the decision.
This was far from a vintage Catenaccio-type defensive display from the Azzuri and they could have put Ukraine out of the game in the first half.
Federico Chiesa had a great chance in the seventh minute but he blazed over after Nicolo Zaniolo had headed the ball into his path.
Just after the half-hour mark Chiesa played a fine through-ball but Davide Frattesi saw his effort blocked by Anatoliy Trubin.
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma also was called upon to make big stops denying Georgiy Sudakov's long-range effort in the first half and then spreading himself to block Mykhailo Mudryk's close-range effort in the second half.
Both teams finish with 14 points from Group C, behind winners England.
0' The match is about to start!
5' SAVE! Fine stop from world-class Donnarumma
7' Chiesa misses a good chance!
7' Yellow Card! Buongiorno booked
17' AGAIN! Donnarumma makes decent save
31' CLOSE! Di Lorenzo's header too straight
32' CLOSE! Dimarco’s shot wide out
51' Scamacca fires his shot into the sky
65' What a save from Donnarumma!
74' CLOSE! Mudryk’s shot wide out
78' Scamacca nearly scores for Italy！
79' Yellow Card! Yukhym Konoplya booked
Ukraine XI: Taras Stepanenko, Zinchenko, Viktor Tsygankov, Oleksandr Svatok, Artem Dovbyk, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Anatoliy Trubin, Yukhym Konoplya, Mykhaylo Mudryk, G. Sudakov, Ilya Zabarnyi
Subs: Sergiy Sydorchuk, Georgiy Bushchan, Malinovskiy, Roman Yaremchuk, Mykola Matvienko, Oleksandr Zubkov, Oleksandr Tymchyk, Oleksandr Pikhalyonok, Vladyslav Dubinchak, Danylo Sikan, Valeriy Bondar, Dmytro Riznyk
Italy XI: Acerbi, Jorginho, Di Lorenzo, Dimarco, Barella, Donnarumma, Frattesi, Chiesa, Giacomo Raspadori, Zaniolo, Buongiorno
Subs: Darmian, Bonaventura, El Shaarawy, Biraghi, Cristante, Politano, Ivan Provedel, Guglielmo Vicario, Scamacca, G. Mancini, Kean, Federico Gatti