Spain vs. Italy: 5 Things We Learned from Confederations Cup Semifinal

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Spain vs. Italy: 5 Things We Learned from Confederations Cup Semifinal
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It was close, but in the end the Spanish prevailed.

After a fine effort, Cesare Prandelli's Italy succumbed to a 7-6 penalty shootout defeat. Jesus Navas' decisive spot-kick allowed Vicente del Bosque's Spain their place in Sunday's final against hosts Brazil.

Nonetheless, for 120 minutes, the Azzurri went toe-to-toe with the side who battered them 4-0 in last summer's European Championship final. The performance is a cause for renewed optimism amongst Italian supporters as much as anything.

For the Spanish, it is another competitive win and another clean sheet against top-level opponents in a knockout match—their last knockout concession came against the United States at this tournament in 2009. The 2010 World Cup winners just continue to churn out results, even when they aren't quite at their best.

With that being said, here's a look at five things that we've learned from the Spain vs. Italy Confederations Cup semifinal:

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