The Azzurri defeated the runners up of last season’s UEFA Nations League.
The Azzurri showed their intentions right off and often exposed the Netherlands’ vulnerable high-line of defence.
The diligence did pay off as Nicolo Barella found the opener with a brilliant header aided by striker Ciro Immobile. The goal marked the fourth with his national team for Barella as he proves to be a crucial player for Roberto Mancini’s side with every passing game.
Barella, who recently became the permanent signing of Inter Milan, looks to have achieved his starter status with the national team.
The men in orange worked hard in the second half in search of the equalizer, but it was to little or no effect. Donny van de Beek had a clear cut chance denied by AC Milan goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma.
It was a deserved victory for Italy after a disappointing draw against Bosnia in the matchday 1. Meanwhile, Holland continues to struggle under caretaker manager Dwight Lodeweges.
The match also marked the debut for Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli, representing the Azzurri. The 22-year-old had a good outing alongside Jorginho and Barella in the midfield.
Chiellini and Bonucci produced an immaculate display as both gave tough times for Memphis Depay and Quincy Promes.
Leonardo Spinazzola shone in the left-back role as he made himself available at the receiving end of cross-field passes from the Italian midfielders. The 27-year-old, who plays for AS Roma, showed great understanding with fellow winger Lorenzo Insigne.