Balotelli scores for the third consecutive match.
39′ [1 – 0] G. Paletta (o.g.)
78′ [2 – 0] M. Balotelli
90′ [2 – 1] N. Sansone
Mario Balotelli scored for the third consecutive match as an AC Milan player as the Rossoneri beat Parma 2-1 at the San Siro to close the gap on the top three.
The maverick striker has now scored four goals in three matches since joining Milan from Manchester City in January.
The first chance of the match fell to Balotelli in the opening three minutes, after he was slipped though by Kévin Constant. From the edge of the area, the 22-year-old could only brush the ball wide of Nicola Pavarini’s far post.
Parma rallied and Amauri saw a headed well saved by Christian Abbiati on 25 minutes. However it was an own goal from Gabriel Paletta gave the Rossoneri a half-time lead.
In the second half, former Portsmouth star Sulley Muntari almost doubled the lead after prodding a drilled Balotelli cross towards goal, though it skimmed the post on its way wide.
Eventually, with little over ten minutes remaining, Milan had their deserved second. Fittingly, it came courtesy of the man who so much of Milan’s offensive play had come through.
Super Mario stepped up to curl a free-kick beyond Pavarini with total aplomb, as his Serie A scoring streak went on. The gialloblu did score a consolation in the final 30 seconds after Nicola Sansone converted Biabiany’s low cross, though it was too little, too late after a match which was dominated by the hosts.