Mario Balotelli scored his first Serie A goal in two months as AC Milan ended a run of five league games without a win by beating 10-man Catania.

The home side took an early lead through a deflected Lucas Castro effort but Riccardo Montolivo quickly volleyed in Milan's equaliser.

Balotelli put his side ahead with a low free-kick before Panagiotis Tachtsidis was sent off for Catania.

Stumbling Serie A giants

  • AC Milan have won the Italian top flight on 18 occasions, their most recent title coming in the 2010-11 season
  • However, they have not won a major trophy in the past two seasons and have won just four of their 14 league games this season

Kaka made the points safe late on, finishing from a tight angle.

The win ensured Milan finished a turbulent weekend on a high.

Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani announced his intention to retire on Friday after 27 years at the club.

However, club president Silvio Berlusconi said on Saturday that Galliani would remain in his post following a restructuring.

The victory, only Milan's fourth of the season, means they move up to ninth with 17 points.

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (5)

Catania

  • 21 Andujar
  • 02 Peruzzi
  • 34 Biraghi
  • 08 Plasil Booked
  • 05 Rolín
  • 03 Spolli
  • 19 Castro (Guarente - 68' )
  • 28 Barrientos Booked (Leto - 88' )
  • 10 López
  • 07 Tachtsidis Dismissed
  • 18 Monzón (Gontán Gallardo - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Frison
  • 06 Legrottaglie
  • 11 Leto
  • 17 Guarente
  • 20 Freire
  • 22 Sebastián Álvarez
  • 24 Gyömbér
  • 26 Gontán Gallardo
  • 31 Cabalceta
  • 32 Petkovic
  • 33 Capuano
  • 35 Ficara

Milan

  • 59 Vasconcellos Ferreira
  • 16 Poli Booked
  • 28 Emanuelson
  • 34 N. de Jong
  • 26 Silvestre Booked
  • 25 Bonera Booked
  • 23 Nocerino
  • 18 Montolivo
  • 45 Balotelli (Matri - 83' )
  • 14 Birsa (El Shaarawy - 74' )
  • 22 Kaká Booked

Substitutes

  • 08 Saponara
  • 09 Matri
  • 21 Constant
  • 24 Cristante
  • 33 Vergara
  • 35 Coppola
  • 61 Ferrari
  • 78 Niang
  • 92 El Shaarawy
Ref: Nicola Rizzoli

Match Stats

Shots

12 13

On target

3 7

Corners

2 5

Fouls

18 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Catania 1, Milan 3.

90:00 +4:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Catania 1, Milan 3.

90:00 +3:33

Offside, Milan. Antonio Nocerino tries a through ball, but Alessandro Matri is caught offside.

90:00 +1:05

Attempt saved. Urby Emanuelson (Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:26

Alessandro Matri (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:26

Foul by Nicolás Spolli (Catania).

89:34

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Gino Peruzzi.

88:25

Alessandro Matri (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:25

Foul by Nicolás Spolli (Catania).

87:54

Attempt saved. Sebastián Leto (Catania) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gino Peruzzi.

87:33

Attempt saved. Stephan El Shaarawy (Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gabriel.

87:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Catania. Sebastián Leto replaces Pablo Barrientos.

86:41

Attempt missed. Pablo Barrientos (Catania) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jaroslav Plasil with a cross.

85:07

Attempt blocked. Keko (Catania) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

83:55

Foul by Nigel de Jong (Milan).

83:55

Maxi López (Catania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:38

Offside, Milan. Urby Emanuelson tries a through ball, but Stephan El Shaarawy is caught offside.

82:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Alessandro Matri replaces Mario Balotelli.

80:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Catania 1, Milan 3. Kaká (Milan) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Riccardo Montolivo.

79:30 Booking

Booking Kaká (Milan) is shown the yellow card.

79:20

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

79:20

Tiberio Guarente (Catania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:44

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:44

Foul by Nicolás Spolli (Catania).

73:54 Booking

Booking Pablo Barrientos (Catania) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

73:49

Nigel de Jong (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:49

Foul by Pablo Barrientos (Catania).

73:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Stephan El Shaarawy replaces Valter Birsa.

71:31

Matías Silvestre (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:31

Foul by Nicolás Spolli (Catania).

70:59

Corner, Catania. Conceded by Matías Silvestre.

69:15

Attempt missed. Keko (Catania) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Maxi López.

68:26

Attempt saved. Mario Balotelli (Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kaká with a through ball.

68:11

Attempt blocked. Pablo Barrientos (Catania) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jaroslav Plasil.

67:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Catania. Tiberio Guarente replaces Lucas Castro.

66:43

Foul by Antonio Nocerino (Milan).

66:43

Keko (Catania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:24

Riccardo Montolivo (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:24

Foul by Lucas Castro (Catania).

65:49

Attempt missed. Jaroslav Plasil (Catania) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Lucas Castro.

64:37

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

64:36

Delay in match Mario Balotelli (Milan) because of an injury.

63:49 Dismissal

Dismissal Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Catania) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

63:43

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:43

Foul by Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Catania).

62:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Catania 1, Milan 2. Mario Balotelli (Milan) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

61:48

Valter Birsa (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:48

Foul by Nicolás Spolli (Catania).

60:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Catania. Keko replaces Fabián Monzón.

60:00

Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Milan) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Riccardo Montolivo with a cross.

58:37 Booking

Booking Jaroslav Plasil (Catania) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58:34

Kaká (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:34

Foul by Jaroslav Plasil (Catania).

55:10

Attempt blocked. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Kaká.

55:09

Attempt missed. Kaká (Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Valter Birsa.

54:07

Matías Silvestre (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:07

Foul by Maxi López (Catania).

53:05

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Gino Peruzzi.

50:20

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:20

Foul by Nicolás Spolli (Catania).

49:36

Attempt missed. Pablo Barrientos (Catania) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

48:43

Foul by Andrea Poli (Milan).

48:43

Lucas Castro (Catania) wins a free kick on the left wing.

48:01

Foul by Valter Birsa (Milan).

48:01

Gino Peruzzi (Catania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:42

Hand ball by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

45:00

Second Half begins Catania 1, Milan 1.

45:00 +1:58 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Catania 1, Milan 1.

45:00 +0:56

Attempt saved. Valter Birsa (Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

44:44

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:44

Foul by Alexis Rolín (Catania).

43:38

Attempt saved. Fabián Monzón (Catania) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Maxi López.

42:49

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:49

Foul by Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Catania).

40:49

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Lucas Castro.

39:07

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Nicolás Spolli.

38:29

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Gino Peruzzi.

38:00

Urby Emanuelson (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:00

Foul by Pablo Barrientos (Catania).

36:36

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

36:30

Delay in match Gabriel (Milan) because of an injury.

35:54

Offside, Catania. Pablo Barrientos tries a through ball, but Maxi López is caught offside.

34:05

Foul by Daniele Bonera (Milan).

34:05

Maxi López (Catania) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:43

Offside, Catania. Lucas Castro tries a through ball, but Panagiotis Tachtsidis is caught offside.

32:13

Corner, Catania. Conceded by Kaká.

31:43

Attempt blocked. Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Catania) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

30:45 Booking

Booking Matías Silvestre (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

30:43

Foul by Matías Silvestre (Milan).

30:43

Alexis Rolín (Catania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

27:31

Delay in match Jaroslav Plasil (Catania) because of an injury.

26:24

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

26:24

Nicolás Spolli (Catania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:49

Foul by Daniele Bonera (Milan).

25:49

Pablo Barrientos (Catania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:53 Booking

Booking Andrea Poli (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

24:49

Foul by Andrea Poli (Milan).

24:49

Fabián Monzón (Catania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:12

Attempt missed. Nigel de Jong (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

21:46

Foul by Kaká (Milan).

21:46

Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Catania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:58

Antonio Nocerino (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

19:58

Foul by Gino Peruzzi (Catania).

18:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Catania 1, Milan 1. Riccardo Montolivo (Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Urby Emanuelson with a cross.

17:45

Attempt missed. Pablo Barrientos (Catania) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

17:11

Nigel de Jong (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:11

Foul by Lucas Castro (Catania).

16:32

Attempt missed. Lucas Castro (Catania) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

16:06

Riccardo Montolivo (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:06

Foul by Lucas Castro (Catania).

15:13

Attempt missed. Antonio Nocerino (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Riccardo Montolivo with a cross.

12:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Catania 1, Milan 0. Lucas Castro (Catania) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Maxi López.

9:53

Foul by Kaká (Milan).

9:53

Pablo Barrientos (Catania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:11

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:11

Pablo Barrientos (Catania).

5:43

Attempt blocked. Valter Birsa (Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Antonio Nocerino.

4:46

Offside, Milan. Daniele Bonera tries a through ball, but Urby Emanuelson is caught offside.

2:41

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

2:41

Nicolás Spolli (Catania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:42

Foul by Nigel de Jong (Milan).

0:42

Pablo Barrientos (Catania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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