Italian Serie A
Catania1AC Milan3

Mario Balotelli scores as AC Milan secure win

Mario Balotelli scores his first goal in over two months as AC Milan win

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.

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.

Line-ups

Catania

  • 21Andujar
  • 2Peruzzi
  • 34Biraghi
  • 8PlasilBooked at 59mins
  • 5Rolín
  • 3Spolli
  • 19CastroSubstituted forGuarenteat 68'minutes
  • 28BarrientosBooked at 74minsSubstituted forLetoat 88'minutes
  • 10López
  • 7TachtsidisBooked at 64mins
  • 18MonzónSubstituted forGontán Gallardoat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Frison
  • 6Legrottaglie
  • 11Leto
  • 17Guarente
  • 20Freire
  • 22Sebastián Álvarez
  • 24Gyömbér
  • 26Gontán Gallardo
  • 31Cabalceta
  • 32Petkovic
  • 33Capuano
  • 35Ficara

AC Milan

  • 59Vasconcellos Ferreira
  • 16PoliBooked at 25mins
  • 28Emanuelson
  • 34de Jong
  • 26SilvestreBooked at 31mins
  • 25BoneraBooked at 59mins
  • 23Nocerino
  • 18Montolivo
  • 45BalotelliSubstituted forMatriat 83'minutes
  • 14BirsaSubstituted forEl Shaarawyat 74'minutes
  • 22KakáBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 8Saponara
  • 9Matri
  • 21Constant
  • 24Cristante
  • 33Vergara
  • 35Coppola
  • 61Ferrari
  • 78Niang
  • 92El Shaarawy
Referee:
Nicola Rizzoli

Match Stats

Home TeamCataniaAway TeamAC Milan
Possession
Home29%
Away71%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home18
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Catania 1, Milan 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Catania 1, Milan 3.

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

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

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

Foul by Nicolás Spolli (Catania).

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Gino Peruzzi.

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

Foul by Nicolás Spolli (Catania).

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

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Catania. Sebastián Leto replaces Pablo Barrientos.

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.

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

Foul by Nigel de Jong (Milan).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. Alessandro Matri replaces Mario Balotelli.

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.

Booking

Kaká (Milan) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

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

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

Foul by Nicolás Spolli (Catania).

Booking

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

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

Foul by Pablo Barrientos (Catania).

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. Stephan El Shaarawy replaces Valter Birsa.

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

Foul by Nicolás Spolli (Catania).

Corner, Catania. Conceded by Matías Silvestre.

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

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.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Catania. Tiberio Guarente replaces Lucas Castro.

Foul by Antonio Nocerino (Milan).

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

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

Foul by Lucas Castro (Catania).

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.

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