Italy vs. Brazil: 6 Things We Learned from International Friendly

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Italy vs. Brazil: 6 Things We Learned from International Friendly
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Brazil and Italy played out a scintillating 2-2 draw in Geneva on Thursday night in a match that defied the reputation of friendlies being dull, lifeless affairs.

The Selecao led by two goals at half-time, thanks to some excellent counter-attacking and wonderful finishes from both Fred and Oscar. Italy were not done yet, though.

After the interval, the Azzurri fought back and, had it not been for the miraculous goalkeeping of Julio Cesar, could easily have left with a positive result. In the end, though, goals from Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli could only earn the European side a draw.

Without further ado, let's take a look at the lessons learned from the clash in Switzerland.

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