Italy qualified for the European Championship… with controversy. In the 93rd minute, with the score at 0-0 in Leverkusen, a move occurred in the Italian box that could have given Ukraine qualification, sending the ‘Azzurra’ into the play-offs.
A pass from Zubkov found Mudryk in the box. In the divided ball, Acerbi arrived late and touched the Chelsea winger. The Ukrainian striker fell to the ground due to the contact in a spectacular way and the referee, Spaniard Gil Manzano did not indicate the 11 meters due to local protests.
The VAR (Martnez Munuera and Del Cerro Grande) did not order the play to be reviewed and the game continued, ending the match 0-0. A result that put Italy in the European Championship and left Ukraine in the play-offs.