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Balotelli Starts With A Bang

Mario Balotelli could become a legend at AC Milan after his transfer deadline day move there from Manchester City.

The Italy striker scored twice on his Rossoneri debut against Udinese on Sunday night, having been added to the starting line-up at the last minute.

It was a typically erratic display from Super Mario, who failed to control the ball a number of times, squandered some sitters, but ultimately left with his name in lights.

His first goal was classy snap swivel and finish, and was met with his customary ice cool celebration.

The second goal was a dubious last-minute penalty, awarded when Balotelli’s new partner in crime, Stephen El Shaaraway, theatrically collapsed in the box.

The controversy had nothing to do with Balotelli however, and after making Udinese’s ‘keeper work throughout the game, he killed the match off with his spot kick, the last kick of the affair.

After the match, Super Mario was delighted by his start for the club he supported as a boy, but admitted that he still needs to sharpen up somewhat.

"I'm happy but I need to train to improve my fitness level," he said.

"I wasn't supposed to start but it worked out well for me."

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, ex-Milan striker Alex Pato had an equally storming start at his new club.

It took the Brazilian international all of three minutes to score his first goal for Corinthians, in their 5-0 Paulista rout of Oeste on Sunday.

Pato came on as a second half substitute in his first competitive football for months, and scored his new club’s fifth goal.

"It was a special day because I managed to play (for the first time) after 70 days," 23-year-oldPato told reporters.

"And to close with a 5-0 result was very special. To come here and play with the world [club] champions is a great privilege." 

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