It is easy to look down on friendly internationals. For many fans, not to mention club coaches, they are an unwelcome distraction from the regular season that put their stars at risk of injury.
For national teams themselves, they serve a valuable role in working out the strongest 11 players. This is even more important in a World Cup year, as the last few kinks are ironed out before the most important tournament on the calendar.
Wednesday's internationals gave us several exciting clashes. They also helped several footballers further their cause for Brazil 2014 after impressing midweek.