Every so often you witness a display where a player justifies the hype and backs up all the ballyhoo about their footballing potential. It is wonderful to watch an emerging star show all they have to offer across 90 magical minutes or so. Fiorentina's Federico Chiesa delivered just such a virtuoso performance to help Italy's Under-21s see off Spain on Sunday night.
For 20 minutes or so, mind you, it appeared he and the rest of his teammates would be skulking away from the scene of the crime with their heads hidden. They were being outpassed and outthought by their opponents, who looked like strolling to victory. It took something to click in the Azzurrini attacker - and the rest of his colleagues - to turn this around.
They stepped up the snarl and snap in their play and suddenly their Spanish visitors looked less assured. It wasn't always pretty but boy was it effective. And, in Chiesa, they had a man with the verve, energy and killer instinct to deliver the deadly blows.
The icing on the cake was a cool as you like penalty from Lorenzo Pellegrini as Gigi Di Biagio got this star-studded generation to deliver a result worthy of their reputation. In a tough group - and a tight competition - there is still work to be done, but this was a huge step forward. And it was appropriate that the man at the centre of so much transfer speculation was also at the centre of most of the good things Italy produced.
This was a cracking team performance, of course, but Chiesa felt like its conductor. He has a great attitude to the game that seemed to crackle through his companions as the match progressed. No wonder clubs in Serie A and elsewhere are reputedly lining up for his signature. Rocco Commisso has said he wants to keep him - but will he be able to if the price keeps rising with performances like this?
Of course, some doubters will remain to be convinced. It was only the Under-21s, which is true enough, but this was still a game where Enrico's boy genuinely looked the business. He danced around defenders, cracked in a couple of goals and constantly tormented the opposition with his drive and determination. If this is what an overrated player looks like - give me a team of 11 of them.
Italy will need more of the same, for sure, if they hope to make the semi-finals - such is the nature of this event - but this had the potential to be a watershed moment. The Azzurrini used to boss this age category, but it is a while since they have managed to do so. Top of their group with the senior team, the women's side performing brilliantly and the Under-20s going close at their World Cup - things are definitely looking up for Calcio. It might be another false dawn, who knows, but everything feels a lot brighter than it did just a summer ago. And Federico Chiesa is definitely one of the reasons the fans have to be cheerful as he is starting to show with more and more regularity. Let's try and enjoy him while we can. That isn't so much to ask, is it?