The Italian side of Roberto Mancini has forgotten how to lose. They might end up with a draw, but, still, their impact is always evident and the Azzurri Brigade continues to prosper in every match. During the international break they dropped points against Bulgaria and Switzerland, but, it seems, they had reserved all their firepower for the Lithuania thrashing.
It took Italy just 11 minutes to open the scoring on Wednesday, with Moise Kean netting to put his team in the ascendancy.
And the goals just kept coming, as Kean added a second and Giacomo Raspadoni marked his first-ever goal for the Azzurri, while Edgaras Utkus also put past his own goalkeeper.
After just 30 minutes Mancini’s men were up by four goals, a new national team-best, as never before had Italy managed to score as many in the first half-hour of a single game.
The Azzurri have not lost a game at senior level since September 2018, at the hands of Portugal in the UEFA Nations League. On Sunday they set the record for the most international matches undefeated in the game’s history with a 0-0 draw against Switzerland, stretching their run to 36 games.
Right now, Italy’s unbeaten run now stands at 37, with the Azzurri defeating Lithuania to cement their spot at the top of their qualifying group after defender Giovanni Di Lorenzo grabbed the fifth of the evening for the hosts.
The Azzurri are six points clear at the top of Group C with four games remaining – although second-placed Switzerland have two games in hand.