In Leverkusen, Italy secured a crucial point against Ukraine, securing their qualification for the European Championship as defending champions. Despite a goalless draw, the game was filled with opportunities and controversy. Notably, Ukrainian player Mihajlo Mudrik disputed a penalty claim after a collision with Bryan Cristante in the Italian penalty area. The referee did not award a penalty, and there was surprise that VAR was not consulted.
Ukrainian coach Serhij Rebrov expressed disappointment at the decision, believing his team was denied a clear penalty that could have secured their place at the Euros. However, there is still hope for Ukraine to qualify for the European Championship, with Germany also vying for a spot through the playoffs. The outcome of these games will determine which teams will be competing in the tournament next year.