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Mario Balotelli helps AC Milan beat Chievo 1-0

Balotelli inspires Milan to victory over Chievo as race for Champions League spots hots up

PUBLISHED:

20:02 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:02 GMT, 30 March 2013

Mario Balotelli helped AC Milan take a huge step towards securing Champions League football by playing a major role in the Rossoneri’s win over Chievo Verona.

Milan moved provisionally into second place in Serie A after they won 1-0 and Fiorentina and Roma both lost.

The win lifts Milan six points above fourth-place Fiorentina as the race for next seasons Champions League hots up.

Helping hand: Mario Balotelli played his part in Milan's win

Helping hand: Mario Balotelli played his part in Milan's win

Beating his man: Balotelli skips past Luca Rigoni

Beating his man: Balotelli skips past Luca Rigoni

Celebration time: AC Milan's midfielder Riccardo Montolivo celebrates with Balotelli and teammates after scoring

Celebration time: AC Milan's midfielder Riccardo Montolivo celebrates with Balotelli and teammates after scoring

Chievo goalkeeper Christian Puggioni could only parry Balotelli's fierce free kick and Riccardo Montolivo was quickest to react and smashed home the rebound.

Dario Dainelli was sent off for Chievo following a second booking 13 minutes from time.

Domenico Crolla creates pizzas to mark Celtic"s Champions League tie with Juventus

Is this what victory tastes like Scottish restauranteur creates commemorative pizzas for Celtic's tie with Juventus

By
Liv Lee

PUBLISHED:

11:43 GMT, 11 February 2013

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UPDATED:

11:44 GMT, 11 February 2013

Juventus are gearing up to battle Celtic for a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it looks as though fans are keen to get a slice of the action.

Scottish-born Italian pizza specialist Domenico Crolla has chosen to mark the occasion in his own particular way, by baking one-of-a-kind pizzas emblazoned with the team's crests.

Celtic take on the Italian giants, who are currently top of the Serie A table, on Tuesday night.

Crolla is known for his designs and won Pizza Desginer of the Year in 2009

Creative: Domenico Crolla is known for his designs and won Pizza Desginer of the Year in 2009

Domenico Crolla created the pizzas to mark Celtic's clash with Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League

Football fan: Crolla created the pizzas to mark Celtic's clash with Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League

Celtic will fight the Italian side for a place in the quarter-finals on Tuesday night

Battle: Celtic will fight the Italian side for a place in the quarter-finals on Tuesday night

Celtic are in a similar position, currently topping the Scottish Premier League, and are aiming to become the first Scottish team to make it into the final eight with the competition in its current format.

They warmed up to the tie with a 3-1 win over Inverness CT at the weekend, while Juventus are also on winning form, having beaten Fiorentina 2-0 last week and Chievo before that.

The man behind restaurant chain Bella Napoli, Crolla, decided that this was a tie worth celebrating, and set about creating the original pizzas to get people salivating over the match.

The artistic restauranteur has previously adorned pizza's with the faces of Kate Middleton, Bruce Forsyth, Marylin Monroe and Jackie Chan, among others.

So renowned is his culinary artistry that he was named Pizza Designer of the Year in 2009.

Mario Balotelli scores on debut for Milan

Super Mario scores TWICE on debut for Milan to seal win as sickening chants elsewhere in Italy tarnish Balotelli's return

By
Nick Pisa

PUBLISHED:

21:16 GMT, 3 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:44 GMT, 3 February 2013

Mario Balotelli marked his Milan debut with a goal in each half to secure a 2-1 victory for his new club.

The controversial striker started up front for the club he supported as a child as they welcomed Udinese in the Serie A clash.

The 22-year-old, who completed a 19.5million move away from Manchester City on deadline day, peeled off his man as Stephan El Shaarawy jinked his way down the left.

In the goals: Mario Balotelli scored the opener for Milan as they pulled ahead of Udinese

In the goals: Mario Balotelli scored the opener for Milan as they pulled ahead of Udinese

After the cross deflected into his path, Balotelli hooked in a volley from close range to give the hosts the lead.

After Giampiero Pinzi levelled up the match, it looked as though Balotelli and his team-mates would have to settle for a home draw. That was until El Shaarawy was awarded a soft penalty decision.

The Milan forward surged into the box in the third minute of stoppage time before hitting the deck under what appeared to be a fair tackle.

Balotelli kept up his 100 per cent record from the spot – after performing a few kick-ups before setting the ball down – and rolled the ball into the bottom left corner, sending Daniele Padelli the wrong way.

But the Italy international's arrival was met with derision elsewhere in the country, as fans in the Chievo-Juventus clash earlier in the day sang sickening songs which joked about the striker's death.

The travelling Juventus supporters chanted 'If we jump Balotelli will die' several times throughout that match, which the Turin side won 2-1 to go top of Serie A.

In the thick of it: Danilo tries to get to grips with the new Milan striker

In the thick of it: Danilo tries to get to grips with the new Milan striker

Making friends: Balotelli thanked his international team-mate Stephan El Shaarawy, who set up his goal

Making friends: Balotelli thanked his international team-mate Stephan El Shaarawy, who set up his goal

It was not the first time that Balotelli has been targeted by opposition fans – in January 2010 authorities ordered Juventus to close a section of their Olympic stadium for one match after racist chants were aimed at the former Manchester City striker.

Racism is still widespread in Italian football and the incident was one of the main reasons that Balotelli quit Serie A and headed to the Premier League where the problem has been largely eradicated – even though he scored on his debut he will still be a target for bigoted fans something he didn't experience in Britain.

Iconic: Balotelli wears the No 45, as he did for Manchester City

Iconic: Balotelli wears the No 45, as he did for Manchester City

Marred: Elsewhere, supporters at the Juventus v Chievo clash chanted sickening songs about Balotelli

Marred: Elsewhere, supporters at the Juventus v Chievo clash chanted sickening songs about Balotelli

Another familiar face: Nicolas Anelka was on the bench for Juventus

Another familiar face: Nicolas Anelka was on the bench for Juventus