With four goals in the first 30 minutes, the winners of Euro 2020 set a new record in Wednesday’s clash.
Reigning European champions Italy gave another warning of their strength with a record-breaking start to Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.
Azzurri topped Group C and went into the match with one. Historic unbeaten run for defense.
He faced little resistance from his visitors at the Meppe Stadium, winning 5-0 and setting a new milestone in the history of the country’s enviable football as Lithuania fell victim to the sword.
It took Italy just 11 minutes to open the scoring on Wednesday, with Moyes Kian leading his team to the top.
And the goals kept coming, as Kian scored a second and Giacomo Raspadoni scored his first for Azori, while Edgrass Atyx left his own goalkeeper behind.
Just 30 minutes later, Mancini’s men went on to score four goals, a new national team the best, as Italy had never before scored more goals in the first half hour of a single game.
After failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Mancini took the Italian hot seat and immediately turned the team’s fortunes around.
Azure has not lost a game at the senior level to Portugal in the UEFA Nations League since September 2018. On Sunday, they held the record for most unbeaten international matches in the history of the game with a 0-0 draw against Switzerland, which increased their run to 36 games.
During the race, Italy won the Euro 2020 with a penalty shootout victory over England at Wembley in the July final, their first title since the 2006 World Cup.
Italy’s unbeaten run is now at 37, Azori beat Lithuania to top their qualifying group, while defender Giovanni de Lorenzo finished fifth in the evening for the hosts.