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Mario Balotelli scores as Milan beat Genoa 2-0

A booking within 30 seconds of coming on and a second-half goal… just another day at the office for Balotelli at Milan

By
Sunni Upal

PUBLISHED:

22:40 GMT, 8 March 2013

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UPDATED:

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

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

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

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

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

Antonio Cassano set to swap AC Milan for Inter Milan

The Milan swap shop: Cassano heads to Inter as Pazzini goes the other way

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UPDATED:

12:55 GMT, 20 August 2012

AC Milan forward Antonio Cassano and Inter Milan striker Giampaolo Pazzini were discussing personal terms on Monday over a surprise swap deal.

Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani confirmed the possible exchange between the rival clubs after the Rossoneri's 3-2 defeat by Serie A champions Juventus in the Berlusconi Trophy friendly on Sunday.

'Talks are ongoing. Antonio has asked to be sold, let's see what happens. The most probable scenario is a swap,' he told reporters.

Swapping sides: Antonio Cassano looks set to join Inter Milan

Swapping sides: Antonio Cassano looks set to join Inter Milan

The deal would seem to make sense for both sides who are not immune to doing business together and saw rivals Juve seal the scudetto last term after the Milan duo had dominated for five years.

Milan and owner Silvio Berlusconi are cutting costs and sold top striker and former Inter player Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris St Germain last month but have so far failed to replace the powerful Swede, angering fans who feel the club have lost ambition.

Italian international Cassano, who has only been at Milan for a year and a half and was struck down by a heart complaint for much of last term, said at Euro 2012 in June that he was unsure about his Rossoneri future.

On the move: Cassano looks set to leave AC Milan

On the move: Cassano looks set to leave AC Milan

Milan need an out-and-out striker like Pazzini to replace Ibrahimovic. Cassano plays more in the 'hole' behind a forward and Massimiliano Allegri's side already use Robinho in that role.

Inter and Pazzini struggled in front of goal last term and the Italy striker, who missed out on being picked for Euro 2012 where the Azzurri lost to Spain in the final, has long been linked with a move.

A transfer to seven-times European champions Milan is better than the 28-year-old could have ever hoped for as he tries to reignite his career.

The Serie A season starts this weekend with a cloud over Juve after manager Antonio Conte was banned for 10 months for not reporting match-fixing while at Siena. He is appealing against the suspension.