Italy set a new record in their football history when they extended their unbeaten run to 31 games in a row after beating Austria 2-1 in the round of 16 of Euro 2020 earlier this morning.
Goals in extra time from Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina at Wembley Stadium ensured the Azzurri into the quarter -finals of the tournament and will await their opponents, whether Belgium or Portugal, in Munich.
Roberto Mancini’s squad has not lost since the 0-1 defeat at the hands of Portugal in September 2018.
The latest unbeaten record is the longest in the history of Italian football after surpassing the record of 30 unbeaten matches ever played under Vittorio Pozzo from 1935 to 1939.
Mancini took on the responsibility after the national team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup under Gian Piro Ventura.
Since then, Italy have won 27 of 36 matches under the former Inter Milan and Manchester City manager (seven draws and two defeats).
They won all three Euro 2020 group stage matches beating Turkey, Switzerland and Wales in Rome without conceding a goal.
Sasa Kaladzics’ goal for Austria in the 114th minute of the match earlier this morning was the first time Italy had been conceded since October 2020 and it also ended the team’s record of 1,168 minutes without being conceded.