In a tightly contested match, Italy secured a crucial point against Ukraine in Leverkusen, ensuring their qualification as defending champions for the European Championship. Despite a goalless draw, the game was filled with opportunities and controversy. One of the most significant moments came when Ukrainian player Mihajlo Mudrik made a disputed penalty claim after colliding with Italian defender Bryan Cristante in the penalty area.
Despite strong protests from both teams and fans, the referee did not award a penalty, leaving many onlookers surprised that VAR was not consulted. The decision was met with disappointment from Ukrainian coach Serhij Rebrov, who believed that his team was denied a clear penalty that would have secured their place at the Euros.
However, there is still hope for Ukraine to qualify for the European Championship through playoffs. Germany is also vying for a spot in the playoffs and will be looking to secure victory against Italy in their final match of Group B. With so much at stake, both teams are expected to give it everything they’ve got in this crucial clash.