Thursday September 5 2019
Record Italy start in Euro qualifying

Italy have a 100 per cent record after five Euro qualifiers for the first time in their history, but it’s nine wins on the trot going back to Euro 2016 too.

This evening’s 3-1 victory away to Armenia maintains the perfect start to Euro 2020 Group J, with the Nazionale scoring 16 goals and conceding only two.

More importantly, Roberto Mancini becomes the first Italy Coach to win five consecutive European Championship qualifiers in the same group.

Azeglio Vicini in 1986-87 and Antonio Conte in 2014 had managed four.

In fact, including Conte’s run-up to Euro 2016 too, the Azzurri have won their last nine European Championship qualifiers.

The 3-1 result in Armenia means Italy are unbeaten in their Euro qualifiers away from home since a 3-1 in France in September 2006, followed by 29 victories and six draws.