‘DEFENDING CHAMPIONS’ ITALY DRAW WITH UKRAINE TO BOOK THEIR PLACE AT EURO

Defending champions Italy narrowly edged out Ukraine to book their place at the European Football Championship 2024 (Euro 2024).The Azzurri drew 0-0 with Ukraine in their Euro 2024 qualifying Group C eighth and final match at the Bay Arena in Leverkusen, Germany on Monday (July 21).The result leaves the Azzurri level with Ukraine on four wins, two draws and two losses (14 points), but with a head-to-head record of one win and one draw to secure second place in the group .The Azzurri will join leaders England (6 wins, 2 draws – 20 points), who drew 1-1 away to North Macedonia (8 points) earlier in the day. The 20 teams that finish first and second in Groups A through J in qualifying will qualify directly for the 24-team Euro 2024 main stage.

The owners of the remaining four tickets will be decided in a playoff through the UEFA Nations League next March .Italy, who were playing on home soil in Ukraine but in Germany due to the Russian invasion, attempted 17 shots (two on target) but were unable to find the back of the net as they were indecisive. Ukraine countered with seven shots (four on target) but were unable to find the back of the net and failed to secure a ‘direct qualification’ spot. In the same group, England, who had already qualified for Euro 2024, drew with North Macedonia to top the group after eight unbeaten qualifying matches. North Macedonia finished fourth and were eliminated. After conceding in the 41st minute, England 카지노사이트 were forced to settle for an own goal 14 minutes into the second half.

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