The current European champion, the Serbian football team, will defend the title at the championship that will be held in Germany next year.
SSSource: B92Monday, 20.11.2023. | 22:38
In Leverkusen, the “Azure” were “guests” of Ukraine in the last round of Group C and they drew without goals, which brought them through the “eyes of a needle” to the continental competition.
Ukraine and Italy were tied in the standings, but a draw was enough for Luciano Spalletti’s selection, due to their mutual triumph in the first part of the qualifiers, when it was 2:1.
The Italians gambled again, just like in the qualifiers for the World Cup, when they had everything at their feet, and then they missed a penalty against Switzerland and dropped the points that took them to the playoffs, where they were kicked out by North Macedonia.
This time the end was happy for them, because they withstood all the attacks of the Ukrainians, did not concede a goal and made it to the EURO in Germany.
At the national stadium “Toše Proeski” in Skopje, North Macedonia managed to win a point against England with a score of 1:1 (1:0).
Even the Macedonians can say that they were closer to victory, as they led from the 41st minute when Enes Bardi, after a missed penalty, put the ball into the net for 1:0.
In the continuation, the English went more offensive, and Jack Grealish’s goal was disallowed in the 47th minute.
Harry Kane entered the game in the 58th minute, and in the very next minute he scored a goal to make it 1:1.
And that was all in Skopje, the Macedonians held on and saved a point for the end of these qualifications.
From Group C, therefore, England will go to the EURO as the first and Italy as the second-placed selection.