Balotelli was one of several surprise call ups including Brazil-born Joao Pedro, now an Italian citizen, who was recently cleared to play for Italy.
Balotelli held off Loic Perrin and twisted his body to volley the ball home from a corner in the 12th minute.
Italy striker Mario Balotelli is hoping to get back on track as he joined Olympique de Marseille from fellow Ligue 1 side Nice on a six-month contract on Wednesday.
Italy achieved their first victory under their new manager, Roberto Mancini.
Italy's new coach Roberto Mancini is putting his trust in Mario Balotelli, saying the maverick forward has matured during his two seasons with Ligue 1 side Nice.
Roberto Mancini outlined his plans to take Italy back to the top and recall maverick forward Mario Balotelli to the line-up.
Italian striker Mario Balotelli on Saturday dropped a strong hint he could leave Nice at the end of the season after two years with the Ligue 1 club.
The agent is convinced that the player "has matured" and that he is ready to face a new stage in his football career.
OGC Nice said their Italian striker Mario Balotelli was the victim of racist abuse during their 3-2 defeat at Dijon in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
On this day on June 28, 2012, Euro 2012 semi-finals witnessed a great assist, goal, and celebration by the Italian National Team against Germany.
The first thing a player does when they are transferred to a new club is pick the number on the back of their shirt.