Euro 2020: Italy set new record for longest winning run after defeating Belgium

Italy have established a new record for the longest winning sequence in the UEFA European Championship, qualifying included.

Italy celebrate a goal during their 2-1 quarter-final win against Belgium. (Image Credit: Twitter/@Vivo_Azzurro)

Italy have registered a new record for the longest winning run in the history of the Euros, which includes the results in the qualifiers. The Italians recorded their 15th consecutive victory in the popular football tournament after defeated Belgium by a 2-1 margin. The two teams went into their Munich quarter-final level with the previous landmark. The landmark was established by Joachim Low’s Germany who won all ten of their qualifiers in Euro 2012 as well as their first three group stage matches, along with their quarter-final at the tournament in Poland and Ukraine. Interestingly, the Germans crashed out of the tournament following a defeat against Italy in the semi-finals.

Belgium and Italy entered Euro 2020, with ten wins out of as many matches. The teams further went on to win all three of their group games. This was followed by another victory in the Round of 16, setting up a showdown in the quarter-finals. However, Italy’s triumph made the crucial difference, equalling the record for most consecutive wins in the finals. The Italians have further equaled the stats for the most wins in a single final tournament.

“I don’t think we suffered too much at any moment of the game. To beat a team like Belgium, you need a great performance from everybody and that is exactly what happened today. We scored two and we could have scored more. I think the victory is fully deserved. Spain are next but the more you go forward the most difficult it becomes. Tonight, however, we just want to think about our performance and our victory,” said Italy coach Roberto Mancini.

“I think every single Italy player played an incredible game”

Lorenzo Insigne and goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma expressed their happiness following the win.

“I think every single player in the team played an incredible game tonight. I always try that shot, in games and in training. I’m happy it went in. It was a great goal but I repeat, we all won together tonight,” read the reaction from Insigne.

“At the final whistle it was an immense joy. We suffered together to achieve this and I look forward to going to the locker room to celebrate with my team-mates. We are so happy. We won as a team, this is an extraordinary group. I still have to watch that save from De Bruyne back but we are here just to give our best and give Italians joy,” stated Donnarumma.

Midfielder Marco Verratti further hailed the keeper’s save to deny Belgian Kevin de Bruyne.

“It’s happened so many times. I see those shots from behind and I think that nobody can reach them. All of a sudden his hand arrives. He is incredible, he really is an added value for the team,” he gushed.

Italy’s winning run of 15 games started on 23rd March 2019 and the players will be eager to maintain this record. Germany and Belgium are the next in line, having recorded wins in 14 matches apiece. The former registered their triumphs between 3rd September 2010 and 22nd June 2012. Belgium’s glorious run ran from 21st March 2019 to 27th June 2021.

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