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November 21, 2023, 06:50
“A scandalous episode” – this is how the media described the lack of a penalty kick after a foul on Mykhailo Mudryk at the end of the match Ukraine – Italy (0:0). This result meant that the defending champions could enjoy advancing to Euro 2024.
The stake of the match played at the BayArena in Leverkusen was direct promotion to the European Championship. The Ukrainian national team had to win, a draw was enough for their rivals.
There were no goals in this match, so the Italian players could be happy, but after the match the most talked about situation was the 92nd minute.
“The most scandalous episode of the match took place in extra time,” you can read on sport24.ua.
Then Mykhailo Mudryk ran into the Italian penalty area and it seems that he was fouled by one of the rivals. Specifically, Bryan Cristante. However, there was no eleven.
The whistle of Spanish referee Jesus Gil Manzano was silent. There was no VAR reaction either. “Mudryk was the first to play the ball in the opponents’ penalty area and was kicked,” writes sport24.ua clearly. “For some reason, the referee didn’t award a penalty and VAR didn’t even intervene in this situation.”
There was also noise on another site. “Ceferin worked in VAR” – this is the headline on tribuna.com. This is a reference to the words of the UEFA president spoken before this match.-
– Italy must advance to the European Championship. Otherwise, there will be a disaster, said Ceferin, quoted by ESPN. These words made Ukrainians hot, so such a strong reaction is not surprising.
The Italians breathed a sigh of relief
On the Apennine Peninsula they also commented on the controversial situation. How did they approach the topic? “92nd minute: Mudryk, after Zubkov’s low cross from the right, touches the ball before Cristante, who intervenes and apparently commits a foul,” writes “La Gazzetta dello Sport” directly.
“The referee signals to continue the game. The Ukrainian bench explodes and Zinchenko protests strongly. Fortunately for us, VAR does not call the referee to the monitor to check the dynamics of the contact,” it added.
Giuseppe Bergomi also expressed his opinion on the key action. Former excellent defender of Inter Milan and the Italian national team, for which he played 81 matches.
– There is contact, and Mudryk was faster – he said in an interview with Sky Sport. He added that perhaps the referee did not whistle a foul because of the way Mudryk fell (too expressive).
– I say it’s okay. But if the roles were reversed, what would we say? There is contact, I don’t have much to add – he concluded.
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