Mario Balotelli Scores PK, Insane Scissor-Kick Goal Disallowed in AC Milan Draw

Adam HirshfieldFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2013

From the spats with old manager Roberto Mancini to reported run-ins with local police to racist insults hurled his way by the brother of his new owner, there has been plenty of excitement surrounding Mario Balotelli’s January transfer from Manchester City to AC Milan

But everyone seems to forget amid the TMZ-style tumult: Hey, Balotelli’s a terrifically talented player!

The Mohawked 22-year-old netted twice in Milan’s 2-1 win last weekend against Udinese.

And on Sunday, Balotelli scored a goal for the ages…that was disallowed.

After nestling home a penalty in the 82nd minute to draw the Rossoneri level at Cagliari, he quieted the taunting crowd with his fingers to his lips.

Just several minutes later in injury time, he came breathtakingly close to getting the winner.

A cross from the right wing was headed back into the six-yard box by Robinho, and Balotelli expertly volleyed it—scissor-kick-style with his left foot—into the back of the net.

Referee Antonio Giannoccaro, however, blew the whistle, as the ball had gone out of bounds before Robinho’s pass.

It was a major disappointment for the Milan (and Balotelli) fans out there, as was the frustrating 1-1 draw. But you can’t argue against the impact the Italian has made in his two Serie A matches.