Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli came up big with a header to give Italy the lead early in the 2nd half which proved to be the game winning goal in a 1-2 win for the Azzurri.
Italy XI: Sirigu; Chiellini, Barzagli, Paletta, Darmian; De Rossi; Verratti, Pirlo, Marchisio; Candreva; Balotelli
Sunderland did not put on a display that reflected recent performances as they looked a club content with avoiding relegation in a 1-3 loss to Swansea City.
Crystal Palace remain three points clear of fellow Premier League strugglers Sunderland after a goalless draw at a windy Stadium of Light.
Sunderland beat Manchester United 2-1 in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg.
Fabio Borini collapsed during halftime of the Cardiff City - Sunderland game and was taken to the hospital but the illness is not considered serious.
Fabio Borini made the crowd erupt at the Stadium of Light with a late game winning goal, as Sunderland earn their first victory of the season, defeating Newcastle 2-1.
Sunderland have completed a deadline-day season-long loan deal for Liverpool forward Fabio Borini.