1,168 minutes with no goals conceded: Italy renew their world recordBeginning in late 2020, Donnarumma, Sirigu, Cragno and Meret all did their bit to help break the previous record, set between 1972 and 1974, also by the Azzurri
Sunday, June 27, 2021
The fixture against Austria brought with it not only passage to the quarterfinals of UEFA Euro 2020 for the Azzurri, but also three records that will remain in the annals of Italian and international football: With yesterday’s extra-time victory at Wembey, the Italian national team brought its run of unbeaten results to 31, surpassing the unbeaten streak set by Pozzo’s Italy between 1935 and 1939. And that’s not all: With yesterday's win in extra time, Mancini's boys surpassed themselves, recording their twelfth victory in a row, thus beating the record that the coach himself had set with the Azzurri between 2018 and 2019.
The third of three records that Italy broke last night on the grass at Wembley is a world record: Italy managed to reach 1,168 minutes without conceding, from Van de Beek's goal for the Netherlands in the Nations League match in Bergamo on 14 October 2020 to the goal scored yesterday by Kalajdzic in the second half of extra-time. The record that it broke was also held by the Azzurri, who between 1972 and 1974 under the stewardship of Coach Valcareggi, did not concede a goal for 1,143 minutes. While all 1,143 minutes back then were played by Dino Zoff, this record was formed by all three of the Italian goalkeepers that are at the European Championship, as well as Cragno. Specifically, in fact, during this period of time Donnarumma played 987 minutes, Salvatore Sirigu played 91, Alessio Cragno played 63 and Alex Meret played 27.