The Azzurri win the pass to the 2024 European Championships in Germany: the national team will be able to defend the title won in 2021 at Wembley.
Arms and gaze to the sky. A sigh of relief. Goal achieved. The ghosts of the playoffs have been chased away. No play-offs to face, no specter after the nightmares of Sweden and North Macedonia.
Italy wins the pass for the 2024 European Championships, scheduled in Germany next summer.
Luciano Spalletti’s national team brought home the positive result from the BayArena in Leverkusen and secured second place in Group C, behind England and ahead of Ukraine (on goal difference), North Macedonia and Malta.
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A goal achieved at the end of a difficult journey, characterized by complicated moments alternating with good performances. And a qualification achieved at the last corner, in the decisive match against Ukraine.
A path marked by the sudden farewell last August of Roberto Mancini, with his resignation before the role of technical commissioner of Saudi Arabia, and the start of the Spalletti course at the decisive moment in terms of qualification.
Italy erases, albeit partially, the bitterness of failing to qualify for the last two editions of the World Cup, in Russia and Qatar, and returns to enjoying the emotion of the final phase.
At Gil Manzano’s final whistle, the Belpaese returns to dreaming and fantasizing thanks to the rolling ball: Italy flies to Germany, right where 17 years ago they climbed to the roof of the world, raising the World Cup to the sky.
A country that evokes sweet memories, such as the final against France and Grosso’s penalty or the World Cup raised to the sky by Cannavaro, and in which the Azzurri will be able to dream again in a few months in a competition, the European Championships, which gave the last great football joy for the blue people, the triumph at Wembley in 2021 against England, in the final of the last edition.