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Benevento equal Manchester United's 87 year old record

SERIE A

Benevento equal Manchester United's 87 year old record

Benevento equal Manchester United's 87 year old record

MIGUEL MEDINA

AFP

The Campania based outfit fell 2-1 to Juventus at the Allianz stadium in Turin on Sunday to record their twelfth successive defeat in Italy's top flight.

Despite going ahead on Sunday last against current Serie A title holders Juventus in Turin, newly promoted Benevento Calcio ultimately fell to two second half Juve goals from Higuain and Juan Cuadrado to notch their twelfth consecutive defeat in this, their debut season in Serie A.

Juventus vs Benevento - Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy - November 5, 2017 Juventus’ Blaise Matuidi in action with Benevento’s Luca Antei and Raman Chibsah

The loss also saw the "Stregoni" (Witches) equal a 87 year old record, previously held by English side Manchester United  for the worst start to a new season by any team in Europe's top five leagues (Spain, England, Germany, France and Italy).

United suffer relegation

After twelve straight defeats to open the 1930/31 season, "The Red Devils" finally broke their hoodoo with a 2-0 home win against Birmingham City. That very same season United were relegated, managing to just record seven victories during the course of the campaign.

Picture of the logo of Benevento's Italian football club showing a witch riding a broom during the Italian Serie a football match Benevento Calcio vs SS Lazio on october 29, 2017 at the Ciro Vigorito Stadium in Benevento

Record breakers

Benevento had already surpassed the domestic Serie A record for worst start ever outshining the that of Venezia in 1950 (nine opening losses) and their defeat at the hands of Lazio in match-day 11 saw the giallorossi equal the European record in the top 5 leagues held by French outfit Grenoble Foot who dug themselves into a similar hole early on a run off 11 successive defeats to open the 2009-10 campaign.

Next up for Roberto De Zerbi's men is a home clash with 17th placed side Sassuolo and an opportunity for the men in red and yellow to halt their undesirable record.

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