Mario Balotelli Scores Again for AC Milan, Has Another Ruled out (Video)

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterFebruary 11, 2013

It's just a guess, but Mario and Milan might just make a good match.

Mario Balotelli scored again Sunday as AC Milan secured a late Serie A draw away to Cagliari. The goal was Balotelli's third in two league appearances for the Rossoneri, and he very nearly made it four.

Here's what happened. In the 81st minute, Balotelli won a penalty when he was tugged to the ground by Cagliari's Davide Astori. Astori received his second yellow card for the challenge and was sent off.

Balotelli, 22, converted the penalty a minute later and then made a shushing gesture at the home fans.

It was the second time in as many league matches that Balotelli had scored a crucial penalty late in a match. But he wasn't done.

In stoppage time, he put the ball in the net again with a stylish side-volley scissors kick. The referee, however, ruled that the ball crossed the byline in the buildup before Robinho could head the ball back to Balotelli.

Balotelli's penalty and ruled-out volley appear in the video above. In the short time since he joined Milan from Manchester City last month, he's already begun piling up the highlights.

The draw left Milan in fifth place, three points behind third-placed Lazio and Italy's final Champions League qualification spot. Fourteen matches remain in the Serie A season.

"Balotelli is getting fitter," said Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri (via ACMilan.com). "He hasn’t played a lot this season and now he’s played three games in a week. He has to rest well as on Friday we have an important game against Parma to get to third place for at least a couple of days."

And after that, of course, is Barcelona, the team that sent Milan out of Europe last season. Which brings up an interesting question: Can Balotelli make the difference for the Rossoneri this time around?

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