Italy coach Pierluigi Casiraghi believes the 1-1 friendly draw with the Netherlands in Kerkrade will help him to "make decisions" over squad selection for the UEFA European Under-21 Championships.
The Azzurrini came from behind to secure a result against a Netherlands B team, with Juventus star Sebastian Giovinco scoring to cancel out Siem de Jong's opener.
The game proved to be enlightening for the coach, whose side have just one more friendly to go before the June finals in Sweden.
"It's been a useful fixture for me and it will help me to make decisions," Casiraghi said. "It was a tough game; they're a quality team, more mature than us and with more experienced players.
"However, apart from the first 20 minutes, when we were a little bit frightened, we had several chances to score so in the end I'm satisfied; we're improving."
Giovinco's goalscoring performance presented a stark contrast to those of his strike partners Mario Balotelli and Robert Acquafresca, who were not at their best, but Casiraghi remained calm.
"Our forwards also had defensive work to do and you have to bear in mind that we only had one training session together before this game, so in the end I think everything went well," he said.
"I am happy because, even though they are quality players, I've seen them put aside their usual style of play to defend when needed, and that is a good sign."
Italy will play Denmark in their last friendly test on June 9, before opening the European Under-21 Championship finals in Sweden against Serbia seven days later.