Italy match Brazil & Spain unbeaten run record of 35 games

Italy match Brazil & Spain unbeaten run record of 35 games

Roberto Mancini's Italy are on the cusp of history after their 1-1 draw against Bulgaria in a 2022 World Cup qualifier on Thursday, extending their unbeaten run of matches to 35. Federico Chiesa was on target for Italy, giving them a lead before Atanas Iliev equalised for Bulgaria.

The Azzurri had a terrific run under Mancini and even won the Euro 2020 unbeaten, with Mancini's side defeating England in the final after a nerve-wracking penalty shootout.

Their last defeat came on September 10, 2018, in the group stage of the UEFA Nations League in 2018 against Portugal.

From 1935 to 1939, the Azzurri went on an unbeaten run of 30 matches under the then coach Vittorio Pozzo. During that period, the European giants had won their second World Cup title (1938) and won an Olympic gold medal in 1936.

Roberto Mancini's Italy have now equalled the all-time record of Brazil and Spain, who were unbeaten for 35 straight matches.

It has to be noted that along with Italy, Algeria are the other national side that are on an unbeaten run. The reigning African Nations Cup winners are currently on a 29-match unbeaten streak.
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