The final round of European Championship qualifiers ended in disappointment for Mykhailo Mudryk and Ukraine – but there were better fortunes for the two Chelsea players in action for England Under-20s.
Ukraine went into their final Group C fixture knowing victory over Italy would guarantee their place at Euro 2024. Mudryk started the contest, was a threat throughout, and appeared to be felled in the box by Francesco Acerbi in second-half stoppage time.
However, no foul was given and the game controversially ended goalless. Ukraine must now be successful in the play-offs if they are to reach next summer's tournament. Italy's place is secured.
It was England, however, that topped Group C and Gareth Southgate's side ended their campaign with a 1-1 draw in North Macedonia.
Chelsea duo Conor Gallagher and Cole Palmer were named among the substitutes. The latter was introduced with six minutes to play but couldn't help the Three Lions find a winner.
Elsewhere, Ian Maatsen completed 90 minutes as the Netherlands Under-21s recorded a 4-2 victory over Sweden Under-21s. It is now six wins from six matches for the Dutch in their European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign.
Lesley Ugochukwu was in action for France Under-21s but the midfielder was unable to stop his side from suffering a 3-0 defeat in a friendly against their counterparts from South Korea.
There was an impressive 3-2 victory for England Under-20s in their Elite League clash with Germany. Lewis Hall, who is on loan at Newcastle United, and Charlie Webster, who is spending the campaign at Heerenveen, both featured off the bench.
It was the latter who had the bigger impact as, in the 91st minute, with England down to ten men, and the game level at 2-2, Webster displayed great composure to drive home a shot from 12 yards and win the game.