With four goals in the first 30 minutes, Euro 2020 winners made a new piece of history during Wednesday’s match
Reigning European champions, Italy, have given another warning about their ability with a record-breaking record for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.
The Azzurri competed at the top of Group C and with a historic unbeaten run to defend.
They met little resistance from their visitors at Mapei Stadium, winning 5-0 and adding a new milestone in the country’s enviable football history when Lithuania was stabbed.
Speed up the point
It took Italy just 11 minutes to open the scoring on Wednesday, with Moise Kean putting his team ahead.
And the goals just come as Kean adds a second and Giacomo Raspadoni scores his first goal ever for the Azzurri, while Edgaras Utkus also passes his own goalkeeper.
After just 30 minutes, the Mancini men, with four goals, were a new national team, like never before in the first half hour of a single game.
The bigger picture
Mancini is taking up the post in Italy after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and immediately reversed the fate of the team.
The Azzurri have not lost a match at senior level since September 2018, in the hands of Portugal in the UEFA Nations League. On Sunday, they set the record for the most unbeaten international matches in the history of the match with a 0-0 draw against Switzerland, extending their race to 36 matches.
During the run, Italy were crowned Euro 2020 champions thanks to their penalty shootout victory over England in July’s final at Wembley, their first title since the 2006 World Cup.
Italy’s unbeaten run now stands at 37, with the Azzurri defeating Lithuania to bolster their place at the top of their qualifying group after defender Giovanni Di Lorenzo grabbed the host for the fifth of the evening.