Italy's record-breaking unbeaten run came to an end after Spain defeated them in their 2020/21 UEFA Nations League semi-final on Wednesday night.
Roberto Mancini's side lost 2-1 to La Furia Roja, with Manchester City forward Ferran Torres' two first-half strikes and Leonardo Bonucci's red card putting Luis Enrique's team in cruise control.
With the Azzurri going down to 10 men in the 42nd minute, they were able to find a goal in the 83rd minute through Lorenzo Pellegrini, though this proved to be just a consolation before they exited the competition.
With Italy's three-year, 37-game unbeaten streak, during which they won the 2020 UEFA European Championship, having finally come to an end, they have now etched their name into the record books for having the longest unbeaten run in the history of international football.
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According to Sport Bible, In those 37 fixtures, the four-time FIFA World Cup winners scored 93 goals and conceded just 12 times.
In a post-match press conference, former Manchester City manager and now Azzurri boss Mancini gave his thoughts on the end to the incredible run.
"We knew sooner or later we would lose," he said, per the Daily Mail.
"Better tonight than in the finals of the Euros or the World Cup, but we will come through stronger despite defeat and we really understand we are a top side.
"The red card had a big impact on the match. It is difficult to play against Spain with 11-against-11 because of the way they keep the ball. It's even harder 10 against 11."
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