Mario Balotelli took just five minutes to give AC Milan the lead over Udinese in the Serie A this evening.
The former Manchester City striker is currently on loan in Italy from parent club Liverpool, but is already showing better form than he managed during his 12 months at Anfield.
Long-known as a free-kick specialist, this evening’s goal was what Liverpool fans thought they’d be seeing more of when he signed for the Reds in a £16 million deal last summer.
AC Milan have endured a mixed start to the new season, losing away at Fiorentina and bitter rivals Inter Milan, while winning at home against Empoli and Palmero.
They’ve already doubled their lead since Balotelli’s goal, however, with Giacomo Bonaventura getting on the end of a Ricardo Montolivo pass. It means they currently lead 2-0 with just 20 minutes played and are well on the way to their first away win of the season.
Udinese are currently 18th in table. Their only win was a surprise 1-0 victory away at Juventus on the opening day, but the euphoria of that result is quickly evaporating.