The Italy vs France friendly match (which ended 3-1 in favor of France) was notable for being the first international match to use video assistant referees. FIFA president Gianni Infantino was at the game and said “football history” had been made when officials consulted video over a potential penalty decision. “You could see that the referee stopped play for a couple of seconds and during those seconds the two referees in the truck verified that there was no penalty,” Infantino told Italy’s Rai TV. “We’ve seen football history here,” he added. “We’re in 2016 so it’s about time to try it.” Infantino says he hoped the technology will be used at the 2018 World Cup. Trials have already taken place in the United Soccer League – the third tier of US football – and the system will also be tested in six other countries in the next two years, including Germany and Italy.
During the match, goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma became the youngest Italy international in 105 years when he replaced 38-year-old legend Gianluigi Buffon. The 17-year-old AC Milan keeper was not born when Buffon made his international debut in 1997.