Italy continue to grind out the results on the road to Russia 2018, but the real test will come in September when they face fellow southern European superpower Spain.
The expected hatful of goals did not materialise for Italy when they played Liechtenstein, and a sterner test now awaits against Germany.
For the second match in a row, Giampiero Ventura's Italy secured a result their performance didn't merit.
Paddy Agnew sees Italy retreat into their shell against Spain, as Giampiero Ventura opts for caution over enterprise.
Paddy Agnew looks ahead to Italy's crucial World Cup qualifier against Spain.
At Nice, Mario Balotelli appears to have found the right environment for his talents to flourish.
Giampiero Ventura kicked off his reign as Italy coach with a win and a display of tactical acumen that suggests Antonio Conte won't be missed too much.
New coach Giampiero Ventura will be hoping his Italy team can bounce back from the friendly defeat to France, when they meet Israel in their opening World Cup qualifier.
Continuity is key for Antonio Conte's successor, as Italy look to build on solid foundations.
The victory over Belgium was a reminder of the enduring qualities of Italian football.