Italy drew with Switzerland, 1-1 after falling behind to Gokhan Inler's goal. Sampdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella making a strong push for a starting XI scored the equalizer.
Why is the result so significant? There is historical precedent. Italy scored 1-1 all draws in the two previous occasions they met Switzerland - before the 1982 and 2006 World Cups, which they went on to win.
How's that for a morale booster? Italy can do with one. Their World Cup build up has been quite dismal.