Italy have set a new all-time world record of 37 games unbeaten, leaving behind Brazil and Spain, after crushing Lithuania 5-0.
The Azzurri completed that run of results in this evening’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.
It began back on October 10, 2018, in a 1-1 friendly draw with Ukraine.
Roberto Mancini’s men have now strung together 30 wins and seven draws between Nations League, European Championship qualifiers, World Cup qualifiers, UEFA EURO 2020 tournament fixtures, and friendlies.
The victory puts the record beyond all doubt because there had been some confusion over the previous best run in world football.
Brazil considered it to be 36 from 1993 to 1996, as there was some dispute over whether a 2-2 draw with Romania’s B team in September 1995 qualified as an official match.
Spain made it 35 games unbeaten between 2007 and 2009.
Meanwhile, Italy also retained their 100 per cent record playing in Reggio-Emilia, winning all four matches in this town.
Curiously, two of them were against Lithuania, as there was also a 4-0 result in 1995 with Gianfranco Zola’s hat-trick and an Alessandro Del Piero effort.