Mario Balotelli marked his first appearance for Italy in nearly four years with a goal as Roberto Mancini kicked off his tenure with a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia.
The former Manchester City bossÂ included Balotelli in his starting XIÂ for the international friendly as he looked toÂ put his own stampÂ on the ‘Azzurri’.
It provedÂ ingenious when the striker skipped past a Saudi defender on the edge-of-the-area beforeÂ firing home the opener from 20 yards.
Italy then went two goals goodÂ thanks toÂ Torino’sÂ Andrea BelottiÂ in the second half and they looked to be cruising.
Saudi Arabia pulled one back four minutes laterÂ though which Gianluigi Buffon’s replacement Donnarumma could do little about.
The shot-stopper wasÂ left strandedÂ when Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta conceded possession,Â allowing Al Shehri to score a consolation.
However, at least it was aÂ winning startÂ for Mancini who will now face tougher opposition inÂ France (Friday)Â and theÂ Netherlands (June 6).