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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

Robin van Persie in Arsenal 2013 diary: Gunners fans fume

So what is Van Persie doing in Arsenal's official 2013 diary Fans see red over former striker's appearance

summer transfer window,’ said a spokesperson from stationary specialists Danilo, who make the diary.

Despite complaints, the diary is still available for 5 on the club website.

Danilo blasts Andre Villas-Boas for visiting Hulk

Danilo blasts Spurs boss AVB for visiting target Hulk at Brazil team hotel

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UPDATED:

21:51 GMT, 19 July 2012

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Porto’s Brazilian defender Danilo has criticised Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas for meeting his club-mate Hulk at Brazil’s team hotel after they arrived on Tuesday.

‘I did not like seeing Villas-Boas at the national team’s hotel,’ he wrote on Facebook.

‘This isn’t a market. It’s a workplace.’

Visitor: Hulk (left) was met by Andre Villas-Boas at the Brazil hotel

Visitor: Hulk (left) was met by Andre Villas-Boas at the Brazil hotel

Tottenham are interested in signing
Chelsea target Hulk, but Villas-Boas is friends with the attacker so
could have visited for other reasons than business.

Piermario Morosini dies during Serie B game after collapsing

Livorno midfielder Morosini dies during Serie B game after collapsing on the pitch

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UPDATED:

15:52 GMT, 14 April 2012

Italy Under 21 and Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini has died in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest during his team's Serie B match at Pescara.

The 25-year-old collapsed in the 31st minute and received treatment on the pitch – reportedly including a heart massage in a bid to resuscitate him – before being rushed to hospital.

Scare: Piermario Morosini collapsed during Livorno's game with Pescara

Scare: Piermario Morosini collapsed during Livorno's game with Pescara

The match was abandoned and the players left the field in tears.

Lega Serie B then confirmed on their
website: 'Tragedy on the field. After suffering a cardiac arrest during
the match between Pescara and Livorno, Piermario Morosini has died.

'The 25-year-old player, who came
through the youth ranks with Atalanta, arrived at Livorno from Udinese
in January and played nine times for the Amaranto.

Speaking in the aftermath of the
match, escara's general manager, Danilo Iannascoli, said: 'He looked at
me in the eyes when he was taken into the ambulance. We are living
through a drama.'

Italian media said a car belonging to
traffic police blocked the ambulance's way into the stadium and a
window had to be broken so the car could be moved.

'I don't know if the ambulance was
late, but I know that the entrance onto the pitch was blocked by a
vehicle,' Iannascoli said. 'Morosini collapsed, he tried to get back up
but then collapsed again.'

Later it was announced that all matches in Italy's top two divisions had been postponed.

Ivory Coast 3 Equatorial Guinea 0: Drogba and Yaya Toure ensure Elephants march into semis

Ivory Coast 3 Equatorial Guinea 0: Drogba and Yaya ensure Elephants march into semis

Didier Drogba scored twice after
missing a penalty and Yaya Toure put the seal on Ivory Coast's
quarter-final victory over co-hosts Equatorial Guinea at the African
Nations Cup.

The Premier League pair did the
damage in Malabo as the tournament favourites marched through to a
semi-final meeting with Gabon or Mali.

Safe passage: Drogba celebrates

Safe passage: Drogba celebrates

Magic moment: Clementino saved Drogba's penalty

Magic moment: Clementino saved Drogba's penalty

Ivory Coast were back to full strength after resting a host of stars for their final group game, and that added up to danger for Equatorial Guinea, who had Laurence Doe back from suspension.

After a slow start, Ivory Coast began to step up the pace of their play midway through the first half, and Gervinho, Toure and Max Gradel threatened to open the scoring before Didier Zokora was brought down to bring about a penalty.

Goalkeeper Danilo kept out the Chelsea striker's spot-kick, but could not prevent him firing the Ivorians ahead in the 36th minute after a defensive mix-up.

A thrilling run from Gervinho midway through the second half saw the Arsenal forward wind his way into a threatening position but he lost control at the critical moment, when he should have been firing the ball past Danilo.

It did not matter because Ivory Coast doubled their lead after 70 minutes when Drogba headed in a fine second goal from Toure's free-kick.

With the Manchester City midfielder pulling the strings in midfield and Drogba a serious menace to any defence in this competition, it is little wonder many have tipped Ivory Coast from before the tournament.

Toure showed his pedigree again from a set-piece with eight minutes remaining when he curled home a fine strike to make absolutely certain of victory.

Udinese 1 Celtic 1: Di Natale leveller puts Hoops out as away day misery goes on

Udinese 1 Celtic 1: Di Natale leveller puts Hoops out as away day misery goes on

Celtic saw their hopes of Europa League progression dashed in Italy as an Antonio Di Natale strike on the stroke of half-time negated Gary Hooper”s opener.

With just one win to their name in the last 32 away fixtures in Europe, Celtic”s chances looked slim ahead of the Group I decider in the Stadio Fruili.

But the visitors began impressively, with Hooper and Georgios Samaras going close in the early stages.

Sickener: Antonio Di Natale makes no mistake from close range, levelling the scores on the stroke of half-time

Sickener: Antonio Di Natale makes no mistake from close range, levelling the scores on the stroke of half-time

MATCH FACTS

Udinese: Handanovic, Benatia, Danilo, Ekstrand, Basta, Agyemang-Badu (Pinzi 29), Asamoah, Doubai (Isla 46), Armero, Abdi, Di Natale. Subs not used: Padelli, Neuton, Fabbrini, Pereyra, Floro Flores.

Booked: Armero, Danilo.

Scorer: Di Natale 45.

Celtic: Forster, Cha, Majstorovic, Wanyama, Mulgrew, Brown, Kayal (Stokes 71), Ki, Forrest, Samaras (Bangura 83), Hooper. Subs not used: Zaluska, Kelvin Wilson, Toshney, George, Twardzik.

Booked: Hooper, Cha, Brown.

Scorer: Hooper 29.

Referee: Michail Koukoulakis (Greece).

Hooper”s strike was a fitting reward for their efforts, with the English striker netting from close range after a calamitous clearance from keeper Samir Handanovic.

The Slovenian saw his kick deflected by a defender, and Hooper was on hand to convert.

But Celtic”s joy was short lived as Serie A top scorer Di Natale hit a crisp effort just before the break.

And despite a frantic late spell of pressure, the hosts held on toend Celtic”s participation in the competition.

More follows…

Off the mark: Gary Hooper converts from close range to give Celtic the lead

Off the mark: Gary Hooper converts from close range to give Celtic the lead

Looking good: Celtic started well in Udine and took the lead through Hooper

Looking good: Celtic started well in Udine and took the lead through Hooper

On the charge: Udinese

On the charge: Udinese”s Danilo challenges Georgios Samaras

Neymar inspires Santos Club World Cup win

Neymar shines as Santos star inspires Club World Cup victory ahead of expected Barca showdown

Brazil striker Neymar showed why Europe”s best are hot on his heels as he inspired Santos to an exciting 3-1 victory over Japan”s Kashiwa Reysol in a Club World Cup semi-final in Toyota.

The Libertadores Cup holders are expected to face European champions Barcelona in this weekend”s final, barring the unthinkable in Barca”s semi-final against Qatar”s Al Sadd on Thursday.

Glorious: Neymar opened the scoring with a sumptuous piece of skill and even more classy finish

Glorious: Neymar opened the scoring with a sumptuous piece of skill and even more classy finish

All hail: The young Brazilian was at his brilliant best for most of the match against Japan

All hail: The young Brazilian was at his brilliant best for most of the match against Japan”s Kashiwa Reysol

Neymar struck fear into Reysol every time he touched the ball, and the 19-year-old put Santos ahead after 19 minutes, curling a superb, left-foot shot into the top corner from 25 yards.

He had already hit the post as Santos, crowned South American champions for the third time in June almost 50 years after Pele led them to back-to-back titles, surged forward from the start.

Anything you can do...: Borges also got in on the act with a memorable strike of his own

Anything you can do…: Borges also got in on the act with a memorable strike of his own

.... but it was Neymar who stole the show with a performance worthy of Santos

…. but it was Neymar who stole the show with a performance worthy of Santos” next opponents

Strike partner Borges smashed in a second goal from the edge of the box in the 24th minute as Santos flexed their muscles and the floodgates threatening to burst open.

Defender Hiroki Sakai threw Reysol a lifeline with a powerful header nine minutes into the second half, until Danilo bent a breathtaking free kick around the wall in the 63rd minute to slam the door on the J-League title holders.

Hope: Hiroki Sakai did give his side a lifeline with a second half header

Hope: Hiroki Sakai did give his side a lifeline with a second half header

Next up, Barcelona: Santos have therefore advanced to the final of the World Club Cup

Next up, Barcelona: Santos have therefore advanced to the final of the World Club Cup

Substitute Ibson rattled the crossbar as Santos came close to a fourth goal. On such form, the Brazilians will be hard to beat, even by Barcelona, who are chasing a second Club World Cup title in three years.

Barcelona”s semi-final against Asian champions Al Sadd and Sunday”s championship match both take place in Yokohama.