Ukraine vs Italy

Highlights and Full Match | Video

Witness the complete replay and highlights of the showdown between Ukraine and Italy. This riveting match is part of the UEFA Euro 2024 Qualification in Group C, and it takes place on Matchday 10. The action kicks off at 19:45 GMT on Monday, November 20, 2023. The referee for this electrifying event is Jesus Gil Manzano from Spain, and the venue for this epic clash is the BayArena in Leverkusen. Don’t miss out on the thrilling moments from this highly anticipated match!

Ukraine vs Italy Full Match Reports

Italy secured their spot in the upcoming UEFA Euro 2024 tournament to defend their trophy after a riveting goalless draw against Ukraine at the BayArena in Leverkusen. The Azzurri maintained their dominant head-to-head record, now boasting an impressive 10-match undefeated streak against the Ukrainians (W7, D3).

The mission was crystal clear for both teams as they took the field: a victory would guarantee their place in next year’s Euros, and Italy, with the safety net of a draw, would also ensure their presence in Germany next summer. The Azzurri initiated the proceedings with urgency, and within seven minutes, Federico Chiesa found himself unmarked in the box, only to send his shot over the crossbar after Nicolò Zaniolo’s header across goal. The match unfolded at a breakneck pace, with Ukraine asserting themselves and testing Gianluigi Donnarumma as he was forced to make a low save to divert Heorhiy Sudakov’s drilled effort away.

In a high-stakes encounter, one might expect caution, but the match was characterized by end-to-end action, making it a matter of when, not if, the deadlock would be broken. Both goalkeepers played pivotal roles, with Anatoliy Trubin denying Davide Frattesi’s attempt after a superb setup by the influential Chiesa. Despite creating numerous opportunities, Italy couldn’t find the finishing touch, and Trubin’s goalkeeping brilliance kept the score level and goalless at halftime.

The second half mirrored the intensity of the first, with action at both ends, particularly Ukraine looking threatening. Donnarumma faced a moment of vulnerability when Mykhailo Mudryk nearly capitalized on a loose ball, but the Italian goalkeeper executed a superb recovery to deny the Chelsea player. With a win the only route to automatic progression, Serhiy Rebrov’s men pressed forward, keeping the Italians pinned in their own half.

Despite the breakneck pace and chances for both sets of forwards, the goalkeepers emerged as the heroes, preserving clean sheets. The unexpected goalless draw played into Italy’s favor, securing the point they needed to clinch second place in Group C. As for Ukraine, their journey to Germany next summer remains alive, but they will have to navigate the play-offs.

Man of the Match: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy).