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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

Formation 4-5-1

  • 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

Formation 4-3-2-1

  • 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
  • 22Dos Santos LeiteBooked 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Catania 1, Milan 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Catania 1, Milan 3.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Nicolás Spolli (Catania).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Milan. Conceded by Gino Peruzzi.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Nicolás Spolli (Catania).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Catania. Sebastián Leto replaces Pablo Barrientos.

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Nigel de Jong (Milan).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Milan. Alessandro Matri replaces Mario Balotelli.

  19. 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.

  20. Booking

    Kaká (Milan) is shown the yellow card.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 1st December 2013

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