A booking within 30 seconds of coming on and a second-half goal… just another day at the office for Balotelli at Milan
22:40 GMT, 8 March 2013
07:59 GMT, 9 March 2013
Mario Balotelli came off the bench fire 10-man AC Milan to a 2-0 win at Genoa in a crazy Serie A match for the former Manchester City striker on Friday.
The Italian was booked within 30 seconds of coming off the bench in the first half to replace the injured Giampaolo Pazzini, who had just given Milan the lead.
Balotelli then latched onto Cristian Zapata's pass to fire home the second goal with an hour played.
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On target: Mario Balotelli scored Milan's second goal in their 2-0 win at Genoa
Regular: Balotelli scored for the fifth time in as many games since his move to Milan
It was Balotelli's fifth goal in as many matches since joining Milan. The former City forward was making his first appearance since the Milan derby two weeks ago.
Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini was also booked for diving as he tried to win a penalty in the second half.
Blow: Balotelli replaced the injured Giampaolo Pazzini, who earlier gave Milan the lead
Eventful: The former City striker was booked just 30 seconds after coming off the bench
Milan came under extreme pressure after
Kevin Constant was sent off in the 65th minute for lashing out at Genoa
defender Cesare Bovo, but their defence held firm as they strengthened their grip on third place in Serie A ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Barcelona.
Milan now have 51 points, two behind second-placed Napoli and four ahead of Inter Milan and Lazio.
VIDEO: Watch Mario Balotelli's clinical finish against Genoa