The Manchester City striker failed to impress in his starting role, while his replacement scored moments after coming onto the pitch, so who do you think should play?
Italy face up against Croatia following a 1-1 draw against tournament favourites Spain in their Euro 2012 opener, but one thing is still undecided for the next game - who will start up front?
In a 3-5-2 formation, the Italians started with the mercurial Mario Balotelli in partnership with Antonio Cassano. However, the Manchester City striker failed to ignite the fireworks when given the opportunity.
He raced through on goal after robbing Sergio Ramos on the right flank, only to stutter in front of goal and allow the Real Madrid defender to get back in and clear the danger.
He was also booked, sparking fears over his temperament, while Cassano was less than impressive in his time on the pitch.
Meanwhile, Balotelli's replacement, Antonio Di Natale, came onto the pitch and had an immediate impact, scoring with one of his first touches of the ball after being put through by Andrea Pirlo.
Not forgetting Sebastian Giovinco, who impressed this season by helping Parma to an eighth-placed finish in Serie A.
HAVE YOUR SAY
So who do you think Italy should pick to start up front? Should they stick with Balotelli? Has Cassano done enough to retain his place? Or do Di Natale and Giovinco deserve a run at the Croatians? Let us know by voting in the poll and leaving a comment below.