Italy drew 0-0 with Ukraine in their final match in Group C of their European qualifiers, thereby securing their spot at the Euro 2024 tournament. While the reigning Euro champions tied with Ukraine on 14 points each, they managed to clinch second place in the group due to a better head-to-head record. Italy defeated Ukraine 2-1 in the reverse fixture.
For Luciano Spalletti and his team, it was a difficult road to Euro 2024 qualification. England were the runaway winners of the group, defeating Italy 2-1 in their first clash and then thumping the Azzurri 3-1 in their second match.
While Ukraine came within touching distance of qualifying when Mykhailo Mudryk was brought down in the penalty area in stoppage time, the referee ultimately decided against awarding a penalty, meaning that the game would remain goalless. “Ukraine showed that they are an equipped team and they gave us a hard time,” Spalletti conceded.