Italian chef Marcello Lippi found Mexican chili too hot for his liking, after the South Americans beat Italy 2-1 in a World Cup warm up. Italy were never in contention, after Carlos Vela's early strike. With less than 10 minutes to go to the final whistle, Alberto Medina doubled the score. Italy's consolation goal came when Bonucci scored in the final minute. This was Mexico's last warm up match before the tournament in South Africa. The score-line of 2-1 does not tell the whole story; the fact is that a young Mexican side completely dominated a fifth ranked Italian side. The seventeenth minute of the match saw a beautiful pass from Giovani Dos Santos to Carlos Vela, and Vela made no mistake in one-timing it into the Italian net even as a helpless Gianluigi Buffon watched on. In the eighty-fourth minute, the Italian defence could do nothing to stop Alberto Medina who dashed past them to put the ball between the posts to put the Mexicans 2-0 up. Following a corner, Leonardo Bonucci's 89th minute strike to reduce the margin would have done nothing to console the Italians who had clearly been outplayed. The victory in their last warm up before the tournament proper was the perfect preparation that Mexico would have hoped for. When Mexico manager Javier Aguirre announced his plan to have his team play 13 warm up matches before the South Africa event, he was subjected to a lot of criticism. Critics warned against possible fatigue before the main event. But based on their showing against the 2006 world champions, Aguirre's plan appears to be working.