Balotelli was included in Italy's squad by his old Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, and awarded his first start for the national team following a four-year exile.
The enigmatic 27-year-old led the line for Italy in their 2-1 friendly win over Saudi Arabia, six months after the Azzurri missed out on World Cup qualification for the first time since 1958.
Balotelli got off to a fast start in Switzerland as he swivelled and drilled home his strike in the 21st minute. Cue a typically muted celebration...
Andrea Belotti extended Italy's lead in the 68th minute with a powerful header, preceding Yahya Al-Shehri's consolation four minutes later.
After the game, Balotelli took to Instagram to dedicate his goal to the late Fiorentina captain Davide Astori.
He wrote: "I know it’s late and that you’re already there… but I am convinced that you were up there watching the game with my dad today!
"This goal, even if it might not mean anything, even if it’s no use to anyone, I dedicate it to you. #forzaitalia #thankstoallofyou"
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