Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
A place at the 2024 European Championship finals will be at stake when Ukraine and Italy lock horns at BayArena on Monday evening. The Ukrainians face a must-win situation in the decider and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Azzurri at BayArena (Leverkusen). A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Arsenal left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko, while the opposition back-line should have Chelsea winger Mykhailo Mudryk at bay. Sergiy Rebrov has a luxury to field the best possible side against Italy.
Luciano Spalletti’s men, on the other hand, faced no difficulties in a 5-2 win over North Macedonia, but they will have a big fish to fry against Ukraine. Considering that the Italians are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the Group C derby, we are tempted to put our money on under 2.5 goals. As for the away team, Alessandro Bastoni has been ruled out with. Anyhow, Spalletti is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated the Macedonians.
Highlighted Player (Domenico Berardi):
Once one of the most promising young players in Serie A, Domenico Berardi is the Italian footballer that plays for Sassuolo and the Italy national team. Born in Cairati, Calabria, the forward begun his professional career back in 2012, when he helped the Neroverdi win Serie B and play in Serie A next season and was named as the best player of the competition, only 18 years of age.
He made his first appearance for the Italy U19 national team in the same season. His excellent performances draw the attention of Juventus and the Old Lady confirmed in the beginning of the Season 2013/14 that Domenico Berardi joined the club on a co-ownership deal.
The player never played for Juventus because he remained in Sassuolo and he recently signed a new contract with the Neroverdi. The 24-year-old right winger, who can also play as a left winger and a second striker, made his first appearance in the senior national team in June 2018.
Highlighted Team (Ukraine):
After the country had gained independence from the Soviet Union, Ukraine played their first international match in 1992, and they have come a long way since. Zbirna have only once played at the World Cup finals so far, and they did really well to reach the quarter-finals in 2006, while they co-hosted the Euro 2012 with Poland, albeit failing to get past the group stage.
The generation that secured qualification for the Euro 2016 finals in France is arguably the most talented ever, with Yevhen Konoplyanka, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ruslan Rotan and Roman Zozulya the leading players, but plenty more talent present in Mikhail Fomenko’s squad.
Similar to the trademark style of former Soviet teams, Ukraine bases their tactics on rock-solid defence and swift counter-attacks, but it has to be noted that Zbirna possess a lot more technical skills and attacking potential than most other former Russian republics. Everything suggests that the most successful period in the history of the national team is ahead of them.