Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain both danced to 5-0 victories as Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid also won on a night in which Messrs Aguero, Ibrahimovic, Kiessling, Ribery, Ronaldo and Rooney starred.
Juventus moved to within two points of Roma with a 3-2 victory over an injury-plagued AC Milan side, while Napoli also kept the pressure on the Serie A leaders with a 4-0 win over Livorno.
Now playing a more expansive style, Italy have been vindicated by their results and are making no effort to hide their ambitions ahead of Brazil 2014. FIFA.com takes a closer look a team on the rise.
Individual records for Anders Svensson and Miroslav Klose feature alongside achievements by Brazil, France, Italy and Luxembourg in FIFA.com's latest stats review.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli hailed the battling qualities of his team after a 2-1 comeback victory over Czech Republic sealed passage to the FIFA World Cup™ for the fourteenth successive time.
Italy recovered from behind to beat Czech Republic 2-1 and secure their place at Brazil 2014, with Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Balotelli getting the decisive goals.