The Czech champions had been narrowly edged out 1-0 by Sparta within the three hundredth Prague Derby on Sunday as their staggering 54-match unbeaten league run got here to a haltVideo LoadingVideo UnavailableThe video will auto-play soon8CancelPlay nowDidn’t deserve greater than some extent: Arteta on Brighton recreationSlavia Prague have eclipsed Arsenal’s Invincibles regardless of their record-breaking unbeaten run ending in derby defeat to metropolis rivals Sparta Prague. The Czech champions had been narrowly edged out 1-0 by Sparta within the three hundredth Prague Derby on Sunday as their staggering 54-match unbeaten league run got here to a halt. A deflected free-kick from Sparta winger Lukas Haraslin, who starred for Slovakia at this summer season’s Euro 2020, proved to be the distinction as Slavia, who performed a lot of the match with ten males, suffered their first league defeat in over a yr and seven months. The defeat to their metropolis neighbours means a primary Prague Derby loss in over 5 years, a powerful run stretching again to March 2016.
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Shortly after the full-time whistle, Slavia’s official Twitter account proudly tweeted: “All good issues come to an finish… But this unbeaten run was one thing! 54 video games. 1 yr, 7 months and 3 days. All-time Czech report. Thank you, lads!” Incredibly, the 54-match streak tops even that of Arsenal ’s iconic Invincibles of 2004, with the Czech facet going 5 higher. That yr, Wenger’s Invincibles grew to become solely the second group within the historical past of English soccer to go a complete home league season undefeated, after Preston North End 115 years beforehand, who solely performed 22 leagues video games in contrast with Arsenal’s 38. The Gunners started their epic 49-match run with a 6-1 hammering of Southampton at Highbury in May 2003 and noticed their streak resulted in controversial trend.
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In what has now turn into often called ‘The Battle of the Buffet’, Wenger’s males failed to lengthen their run to 50 matches as a controversially-awarded penalty helped Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United to a streak-ending 2-0 win at Old Trafford. Tempers boiled over within the tunnel after the match and amid the carnage, Ferguson was struck by a slice of pizza in a conflict that has gone down in Premier League folklore. But how does Slavia’s run evaluate with the opposite nice unbeaten streaks from round Europe? Astonishingly, their 54-game stretch is simply the sixteenth longest, some 50 matches behind the all-time European record-holders Steaua Bucharest of Romania, who remarkably managed 104 league matches unbeaten from 1986 to 1989. Were Arsenal’s Invincibles the best group within the historical past of English soccer? Have your say within the feedback.
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Longest unbeaten league run: 104 – Steaua Bucuresti (1986–1989) 88 – Lincoln Red Imps (2009–2014) 63 – Sheriff Tiraspol (2006–2008) 62 – Celtic (1915–1917) 61 – Levadia (2008–2009) 60 – Union SG (1933–1935) 59 – Shirak (1993–1995) 59 – Pyunik (2002–2004) 58 – AC Milan (1991–1993) 58 – Olympiacos (1972–1974) 58 – Skonto (1993–1996) 56 – Celtic (2016–2017) 56 – Benfica (1976–1978) 55 – Porto (2010–2012) 55 – Shakhtar Donetsk (2000–2002) 54 – Slavia Prague (2020–2021)
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