The Italian national team has successfully entered the history books with a resounding 9-1 victory over Armenia. Monday's encounter at the Renzo Babera in Palermo saw Roberto Mancini's men now out of the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying campaign with 10 out of 10 wins and among a host of other records.
It was business right from the onset for the 2006 FIFA World Cup winners who opened the scoring via Ciro Immobile under just eight minutes after kickoff. Less than 60 seconds later, AS Roma sensation Nicolo Zaniolo doubled the host's advantage before Barella and Immobile put the game out of reach for the visitors ahead of the first half break.
9 - For the first time since August 1948 Italy have scored at least 9 nine goals in a single match (9-0 vs USA at Olympic games); only in June 1928 they had netted more (11-3 vs Egypt). Champagne.#ItaliaArmenia— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) November 18, 2019
A second from Zaniolo and goals from Romagnoli, Jorginho, Orsolini and Cheisa sent Armenia into oblivion with Edgar Babayan registering their only consolation goal. Ultimately, the Italians finished the EURO 2020 qualifying campaign atop Group J with 30 points and 37 goals while conceding just four goals.
In retrospect, the night's result ensured that for the first time in the history of the Azzurri, they had registered 11 wins in consecutive matches. Also, for the first time in over 70 years, they managed to score nine goals in a single football match.
10/10 - For the first time in their history Italy have won all their group qualifying games for a single edition among European Championships and World Cup (10/10 in this case). Perfection.#ItaliaArmenia pic.twitter.com/Kg9r1nzZxi— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) November 18, 2019