Italy vs. Nigeria: 5 Things We Learned

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Italy vs. Nigeria: 5 Things We Learned
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Italy took on another World Cup-bound nation in Nigeria when they faced off at Craven Cottage in London, England.

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.

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