New faces graced the lineups of both teams. Diego Costa started as the No. 9 for Spain, while Gabriel Paletta made his Italian debut in the heart of the Azzurri defense alongside Andrea Barzagli.
More than a World Cup preview, this match was an excellent opportunity for both coaches to try out fringe players or unleash new tactical ideas.
Here are five things we learned from this international friendly between two sides that could meet in a high-profile match at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.