The 2-2 draw tells the story of a high-octane match that had the drama and electrifying nature of a game with implications beyond that of a meaningless friendly.
For plenty of players on the field, this was a prime opportunity to showcase their skills on a world stage and impress their manager in hopes of getting a call-up to the biggest sporting event.
Following the match, Cesare Prandelli told Sport Mediaset the following (link is in Italian):
The result penalizes us, but I wish we always played this way. We went there to play football and the negative result was highlighted by the goal we conceded from our own possession mix-up. I thought Rossi and Balotelli did well together.
Without further ado, here are five things we learned from this international friendly between the Azzurri and the Super Eagles.