Italy secure Euro 2024 finals spot after nervy goalless draw with Ukraine

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Italy qualified for Euro 2024 finals after drawing 0-0 against Ukraine in their final Group C qualifier in Leverkusen on Monday.

Italy, who will make their eighth consecutive appearance at the Euros, dominated possession and created more chances. Ukraine remained composed in defence while seeking opportunities on the counterattack although they could not find a goal.

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Ukraine saw a penalty appeal waved away in stoppage time after Mykhailo Mudryk went down under Bryan Cristante’s challenge – and VAR did not intervene. The final whistle sounded moments later and the defending champions could celebrate their place in the tournament.

Italy finished second, level on 14 points with third-placed Ukraine but with a better head-to-head record. They ended six points behind England, who had sealed qualification after beating Italy 3-1 at Wembley in October.

Ukraine can still book a spot at the tournament via the playoffs in March. The playoff draw will take place on Thursday in Nyon.

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