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"There was a clean penalty": Rebrov on the scandalous episode of the match with Italy and the difficulties in working with the national team

Olena PavlovaSport
Serhii Rebrov is satisfied with his team's performance

Ukraine's head coach Serhii Rebrov believes that in the Euro 2024 qualifying match against Italy, the referee did not give a clean penalty to Donnarumma for an offense on Mudryk. The controversial episode occurred in stoppage time, and the referee's decision helped the current continental champions hold on to a 0-0 draw and qualify for the European Championships from second place in the group. The Ukrainians will have to play in the playoffs in the spring.

''There was a clean penalty'': Rebrov on the scandalous episode of the match with Italy and the difficulties in working with the national team

"I don't know, I also think it was a clear penalty. However, there is VAR. In my opinion, there was a penalty, but, as I say, it's not our call. Probably, the VAR judge watched the replay of this episode and decided that there was no foul. Because there are people who watch, and the referee did not," Rebrov emphasized during a conversation with journalists.

''There was a clean penalty'': Rebrov on the scandalous episode of the match with Italy and the difficulties in working with the national team

The Blue and Yellows coach also told us what his strategy for the final match of the group stage was.

"Yes, we had a plan. But today we played against the reigning European champions, so it was very difficult in the match against this team: they started pressing from the first minute. Because of this, in the first half we concentrated more on defense, and in the second half we played more intensely, pressed more and thus took the ball away and created chances," Rebrov emphasized.

''There was a clean penalty'': Rebrov on the scandalous episode of the match with Italy and the difficulties in working with the national team
''There was a clean penalty'': Rebrov on the scandalous episode of the match with Italy and the difficulties in working with the national team

The coach admitted that after the match, all the guys in the locker room were very upset that they didn't get the result they needed, "But I think they played a good game today and I can only thank them."

"I think, looking at the composition of our group before the start of the qualifying cycle, very few people believed in us. But we fought until the last match," Rebrov assured.

''There was a clean penalty'': Rebrov on the scandalous episode of the match with Italy and the difficulties in working with the national team
''There was a clean penalty'': Rebrov on the scandalous episode of the match with Italy and the difficulties in working with the national team

"We have been working together with the players for only six months, but they have expressed a desire to understand the model of our game, showed the Ukrainian character, because, as you know, the war in our country is ongoing. And it is very difficult for players: they are constantly looking at their phones, watching the news. It's a difficult atmosphere to work in. But we all realize that we represent a strong country. And today we showed our character and fought for Ukraine," the coach said.

''There was a clean penalty'': Rebrov on the scandalous episode of the match with Italy and the difficulties in working with the national team
''There was a clean penalty'': Rebrov on the scandalous episode of the match with Italy and the difficulties in working with the national team
''There was a clean penalty'': Rebrov on the scandalous episode of the match with Italy and the difficulties in working with the national team

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