Marc Wilmots’ much-fancied side opened their Euro 2016 campaign against a weak-looking Azzurri team, but the game didn’t pan out as many had predicted.
Belgium lacked cohesion from start to finish, while Italy defended in typically superb fashion, and looked slick on the counter-attack.
The 21-year-old replaced Everton‘s Romelu Lukaku, who had endured an extremely poor night, missing a golden opportunity to equalise in the second-half.
Origi added a spark that Lukaku had failed to provide, but he was also guilty of missing two glaring opportunities to equalise late in the day.
One glancing header should have nestled into the back of the net, and shortly after, he mistimed his jump when stationed right in front of goal.
It was a humbling evening for Origi and his Belgium teammates, who despite having a huge amount of talent in their squad, looked lacking in fight and balance.
Origi will hope that he did enough to usurp Lukaku for their next group game, against Republic of Ireland on Saturday.