It would seem Mario Balotelli is having a great time in Italy, even when he's not playing.
Balotelli, as you'll recall, signed for Milan last month and in the process left behind some troubled times at Manchester City. Back in his homeland, the 22-year-old Italian forward has already scored four goals for the Rossoneri.
But because he played for Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League group stage, he was cup-tied and unable to play for Milan on Wednesday against Barcelona.
Without Balotelli on Wednesday night at the San Siro, AC Milan stunned Barcelona anyway, winning 2-0 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie. While that was going on, Balotelli could be seen in the stands having a pretty good time with teammate Robinho and a group of friends.
On the field, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari scored the goals for Milan on the pitch. Off it, Balotelli and Robinho led the celebration.
Footage of the celebration appears above and serves as our Set Piece Video of the Day for this post-Champions League Thursday. Enjoy.
In a rather more restrained celebration, Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri hailed his club's "beautiful night." He said (per UEFA.com):
The return leg will be a different game and we know it will be difficult, so it's a pity we didn't score the third at home. The boys were very good at restricting (Lionel) Messi, but we need to show the same intensity on the pitch if we want survive at Camp Nou and reach the quarter-finals. Barça made our life difficult in the first half, when they kept the ball on the flanks, but we stayed focused and now we can enjoy this beautiful night.
We can only hope Balotelli was prominently involved.