Asked about the late penalty against Italy, Ukraine coach Rebrov diplomatically insisted it was valid, despite referee and VAR dissent.
As the Ukrainians approached the final EURO 2024 qualifier, they were aware that only a victory would secure their direct entry into the tournament. Anything less would relegate them to the play-offs.
The match concluded with a 0-0 scoreline. However, in stoppage time, Bryan Cristante seemingly caught Mykhailo Mudryk on the ankle. Despite this, referee Jesus Gil Manzano waved play on, and VAR opted not to intervene with an On-Field Review.
Inevitably, the first question in the press room in Leverkusen was directed at Rebrov.
Rebrov said: “I thought it was a penalty, but there is a referee and VAR, we are not the ones who decide. The referee was not called to verify the footage.
“In my view, it was a spot-kick. The VAR did not consider it opportune to call the referee in front of the display.”
Regarding the match itself, Italy dominated the first half, creating several opportunities. However, Ukraine exerted significant pressure in the final stages.
Rebrov added: “It was a tough game from the very start. We above all worked defensively in the first half, then started to press and counter more. The lads were sad in the locker room, I spoke to them, it was a good performance.”