Defending champ Italy qualifies for Euro 2024 after tense draw with Ukraine

LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Italy will defend its European Championship title next year in Germany after a 0-0 draw with Ukraine is enough to secure its place. The scoreless result comes as something of a surprise after both teams create plenty of chances. Italy stays devoted to coach Luciano Spalletti’s all-action attacking style despite needing only to avoid defeat. The game is technically a home fixture for Ukraine but is played at Bayer Leverkusen’s stadium in Germany because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine could still qualify for Euro 2024 via the playoffs.

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