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Balotelli Stunners Inspires Milan To Victory

Italian Serie A

Result: Udinese 2-3 AC Milan

Date: 22 September 2015

Venue: Stadio Communale Friuli

Mario Balotelli scored a sublime free-kick for AC Milan, as they secured a 3-2 win over Udinese on Tuesday evening.

Balotelli was handed his first start of the season alongside Carlos Bacca, while Nigel De Jong was also drafted into the midfield in placed of Juraj Kucka.

Milan opened the scoring after just five minutes when Balotelli curled home a wonderful free-kick into the corner from 25-yards out. His first for the season.

The visitors doubled their lead five minutes later when Montolivo picked out Giacomo Bonaventura in the box and the midfielder showed good chest control before firing into the bottom corner.

It was one way traffic in the opening half and Milan nearly extended their advantage in the 26th minute but Carlos Bacca's failed to trouble Karnezis from inside the box.

However, Milan managed to get a third goal on the stroke of halftime when Cristian Zapata headed home Bonaventura's cross at the back post.

Udinese pulled a goal back in the 51st when a cross from the left fell to Badu on the edge of the area and the midfielder volleyed home a low effort.

The home side then pulled another back two minutes later when Duván Zapata turned home Cyril Thereau's low cross at the far post.

De Jong nearly restored Milan's two-goal advantage after the hour-mark when he got on the end of Balotelli's set-piece, but the Dutchman's glancing header sailed wide of the mark.

Diego Lopez came to Milan's rescue in the 90th minute, as the goalkeeper pulled off a stunning save to keep out Bruno Fernandes' effort from 25-yards out.

Udinese's night went from bad to worse in stoppage time, as Fernandes was shown a red card after picking up his second booking on the night.

The win sees Milan move into fourth spot in the Serie A standings, while Udinese remain in 17th.


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