Italy set a new world record on Sunday night against Switzerland after avoiding defeat at St. Jakob-Park, Basel. The Azzurri are now holding the all-time record unbeaten streak of 36 international games.
Roberto Mancini’s side encountered Murat Yakin’s Switzerland in the UEFA World Cup qualifiers 2022. Despite not being at their very best, the European Champions managed to come away with a crucial one point. Jorginho missed a penalty early in the second half.
With this result, Italy made the world record of 36 international games unbeaten streak. The Azzurri last lost an international game back in September 2018 against Portugal in the UEFA Nations League match. Since then, they are unbeaten in UEFA Nations League, International friendlies, European Championship games and World Cup qualifiers.
Italy have managed to achieve the 36 matches unbeaten run with 29 wins and seven draws. Previously, Spain and Brazil were the joint holders of this record with 35 games. La Furia Roja achieved this between 2007 to 2009 and Brazil did it from 1993 to 1996.
Italy create a world record of unbeaten streak against Switzerland:
There is a controversy about Brazil’s 35 games unbeaten streak as they claim that they have one more game to include in that tally as the Selecao drew against Romania B team by 2-2 back in 1995. However, FIFA did not recognize this as the game was against a reserve side.
With Italy having already broken the world record, the unbeaten tally should continue at the end of this international break for Mancini’s side as they will welcome Lithuania in their next fixture on Wednesday.
Regardless of the recent success under Mancini, following the triumph in the European Championship, the Azzurri haven’t been able to replicate their old form in this international break. After back to back draws against Bulgaria and Switzerland, the path has become harder for the automatic qualification to the World Cup 2022 as a group leader.
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