Ukraine ‘robbed’ of Euro 2024 spot as late stonewall penalty not given vs Italy
The two groups began the night time degree on factors, figuring out that whoever got here out on high would observe England into the pot for subsequent 12 months’s event. Italy had the benefit given their superior objective distinction, which meant Ukraine wanted to win to undergo – they usually most likely would have achieved had luck been on their aspect!
Deep into stoppage time with the rating degree at 0-0, Chelsea ahead Mykhailo Mudryk went over within the field after nipping in forward of Italy’s Bryan Cristante. Replays confirmed there was contact, however neither the referee nor the VARs felt it was sufficient to warrant a penalty.
“They’ve absolutely robbed Ukraine there,” one supporter raged on X. A second labelled it a “blatant penalty”, whereas a 3rd fumed: “Ukraine getting the Ireland 2009 treatment here,” referencing Thierry Henry’s notorious handball which allowed him to arrange William Gallas’ late objective which took France to the 2010 World Cup as an alternative of the Irish.
The match commentator appeared to agree, noting whereas watching the replay: “Is there any contact here? Ooh, there is! Mudryk might leave his foot in here, does he leave it hanging? You know I’m not sure he does. I think that’s clumsy from Cristante.”
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Arsenal’s Oleksandr Zinchenko could possibly be seen remonstrating with the fourth official after the incident, however his protests fell on deaf ears. Italy then held on for the ultimate few seconds to seal passage to Germany, the place they’re going to defend their crown having received the competitors in 2021 (Euro 2020).
Ukraine nonetheless have an opportunity to qualify through the play-offs, although they’re going to really feel mightily aggrieved to not have gained automated passage after shedding simply two of their eight qualifying matches.
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Elsewhere, Wales missed out on an automated spot on the Euros, however like Ukraine they are going to have the possibility to get there through the play-offs. Ireland and Northern Ireland, in the meantime, have been each knocked out of competition earlier within the marketing campaign, whereas Scotland, like England, sealed passage to the event final month.