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3 February 2013
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: P. Valeri
• Attendance: 35152
M. Balotelli 25', 90'+
G. Pinzi 55'
Shots on Target
What a finish. What a night for Mario. Catch you next time.
90' + 5'
And that's full time. And Udinese have every reason to be furious. El Shaarawy attempted to lift the ball over a sliding Heurtaux. The defender clearly got the ball, turning it behind for a corner as the Milan man went to ground. The penalty was given, though, and Milan and Balotelli have won this 2-1.
90' + 4'
Penalty Goal Mario Balotelli
GOAL! Was there ever going to be any other outcome? Balotelli wins it!
90' + 4'
last kick of the game is a Balotelli penalty. Unreal.
90' + 3'
Crazy decision. Absolutely nothing wrong with the tackle from Heurtaux on El Shaarawy. He clearly got the ball.
90' + 2'
Yellow Card Allan
90' + 2'
Penalty to Milan! Surely not!
90' + 1'
Hang on, though, free kick to Milan. Montolivo plays in to Balotelli, who goes down just outside the box looking for a foul. Nothing doing, and the ball falls to Montolivo who strikes wide from the edge of the box.
Milan have had 19 efforts on goal tonight; Udinese 6, just one of which was on target. It started so promisingly.
Looks like we're heading for a draw here, folks.
Bojan gives it away and Basta bursts forward before shooting over. Bojan hasn't quite been at his best since coming on.
Balotelli strikes it... saved. He went low, and Padelli turned it away for a corner.
Free kick to Milan, some 25 yards out. They're lining up, but Super Mario wants this. Could it be?
Yellow Card Gabriel Silva
Milan are going for broke here, but Udinese could still pinch this.
Bojan shows some really neat footwork to work the space for a shot from the edge of the box, but his effort flashes wide.
Off the bar! Blimey! Montolivo made a run into the box, Balotelli chipped a lovely ball towards him, and as it was half cleared it feel to Niang. He absolutely smashed his volley off that bar. He hit it so hard it must have nearly made it to the halfway line before landing back on the turf.
Robinho set to come on for Milan too. Allegri;s going for it.
Stat attack: There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Milan's last 6 home games in the league. So maybe it's not over just yet.
El Shaarawy twists and turns into the box before laying it off to Niang, but he had little to aim at and his shot is wide.
Chance for Mario. Abate's cross is again poor, but this time Constant sends it back into the box and Balotelli can only volley over from inside the box. Looks like Danilo got just enough on it as it came in.
And here comes former River man Roberto Pereyra - that boy's got an engine on him.
Nope, it's Nocerino.
Bojan is about to come on for Milan. For El Shaarawy perhaps?
Yellow Card Andrea Lazzari
Lazzari goes into the book for a blatant trip on Niagn as the young Frenchman had skipped away down the right.
Udinese finally look to be settling and are posing a threat up front now.
Guidolin surely has to do something to stop Abate and Niang running riot on Udinese's left at some stage.
Niang tries his lick this time, cutting in from the right and trying an ambitious left-footed shot from distance, but it flies harmlessly wide.
El Shaarawy pounces on a mistake in the Udinese defence and finds Balotelli inside the box. Mario looked to have been crowded out, but managed to get a low, left-footed shot at goal that sends Padelli sprawling to make a good save.
Constant will have to shoulder some of the blame there, he was caught way too high up the pitch, leaving two Udinese players to exploit the space behind him.
Goal Giampiero Pinzi
GOAL! Milan caught out at the back and Muriel slides Pinzi who clips his finish over Amelia.
Consant tries his luck from distance, but that's way wide.
Di Natale has been making excellent runs all night, and at long ast they find him as Lazzari plays a lovely deep ball over Zapata, but the veteran sends his volley high and wide from inside the box. First real chance for Udinese.
Balotelli again uses his strength to hold the ball up, before laying it off to El Shaarawy who sees his low shot saved.
El Shaarawy finds space on the left ducks inside and attempts to smash one for the far corner - but that's in row z.
Basta tries to close down Constant... nuts!
And we're back.
And that's half time. Milan have been superb, but they're only one up. Udinese need to regroup, and can count themselves lucky to still be in this one.
Domizzi's not pleased. He's given a free kick as Balotelli stretches an arm out behind him, but there appeared little contact, certainly not enough for the Udinese man to be holding his neck like that.
By the way, Milan fans, Alexandre Pato has scored on his Corinthians début tonight.
Milan could really do with another goal while they're in top here. They've been superb so far, but still only lead by one goal.
Wonderful stuff from Milan. Balotelli spreads a cross field pass to El Shaarawy, who plays an instant one two with Constant before his low cross is very nearly converted by the onrushing Flamini.
Brilliant from Balo. First he chests a lovely pass down the line to Abate, and then whipping a dangerous cross into towards El Shaarawy that forces Padelli to rush from his line and pat the ball away.
Yellow Card Maurizio Domizzi
Domizzi goes into the book for a needless tacking from behind on Balotellu.
Stat attack: AC Milan have won six of their last seven league games at San Siro.
Naing gets in behind on the right again. And again his final ball is poor, sending his low cross right into the arms of Padelli. If he and Abate can produce an end product, there's a lot of joy to be found on that flank.
This young Milan front line certainly looks more dynamic with Balotelli between El Shaarawy and Niang, especially the former Man City man drops, allowing the other two to exploit the space centrally.
Balotelli goes close again! Fantastic curling effort from 25 yards looked to have Padelli beaten, but the Udinese goalkeeper makes a spectacular stop to tip it around the post.
It had to be, didn't it. Milan well worth their lead, they've dominated from the start.
Yellow Card M'Baye Niang
Goal Mario Balotelli
GOAL! And of course, it's Balotelli!!! El Shaarawy got in down the left after playing a one two with Montolivo and his cross is deflected into Balotelli's path, who aims a low volley past Padelli from six yards.
Udinese enjoy their first sustained period of possession but another sloppy passes surrenders the ball. Montolivo shoots from distance and it's another corner for Milan. It's aimed towards Zapata, but it's cleared.
Abate again gets in on the right, and crosses for El Shaarawy who can only head over the bar at the far post.
Danilo picks it up in midfield and tries an ambitious 30-yarder that won't trouble Amelia. First effort on goal for the visitors, but little more than that.
Niang and Abate combine again down the right, but the latter's cross is too deep and El Shaarawy can't make anything of it.
Yellow Card Riccardo Montolivo
Late tackle from Montolivo and he'll go into the book too.
Muriel at the other end, commits the last Milan defender, but took too long to find Di Natale and the chance is wasted.
Yellow Card Giampiero Pinzi
Pinzi goes into the book for hauling down Nocerino as he burst forward to launch a counter attack.
Balo slides in Niang, who's one on one with Padelli from 12 yards, but his shot is straight at the keeper. Real chance.
Lovely switch from Constant, which is instantly controlled by Abate before the right-back darts into the box, but he's crowded out in a congested Udinese penalty area.
Montolivo delivers, but it's cleared.
Things just calmed down a little after a frantic start, and Niang still heavily involved as Milan concentrate their play down the right as the young Frenchman wins a free kick.
Balotelli will score the winning goal, says Goal.com reader Baba Alhaji. Wouldn't that be something.
Good start from Milan here. Balo has certainly given the place a lift.
Niang with a flip flap to bypass Gabriel in the corner, but he's crowded out.
Niang picks it up on the right and his cross is deflected behind off Domizzi for a corner. Niang takes, cleared.
WOW! Balotelli's first touch and he skips around two and shoots just an inch wide. What a start that would have been!
And we're off.
Just to confirm - MILAN (4-3-3): Amelia; Abate, Zapata, Bonera, Constant; Flamini, Montolivo, Nocerino; Niang, Balotelli, El Shaarawy.
1001 days since Super Mario last played at San Siro. This is awfully exciting, isn't it?
Would you believe it? Pazzini was injured during the warm-up. Balotelli starts!
UDINESE (3-5-1-1): Padelli; Heurtaux, Danilo, Domizzi; Basta, Allan, Pinzi, Lazzari, Gabriel Silva; Muriel; Di Natale
MILAN (4-3-3): Amelia; Abate, Zapata, Bonera, Constant; Flamini, Montolivo, Nocerino; Niang, Pazzini, El Shaarawy.
The teams are in, and it’s bad news folks – Super Mario’s on the bench.
Afternoon, all. Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE text commentary of this evening’s Serie A clash between Milan and Udinese. My name is Rupert Fryer and I will be guiding you through the action. Abuse me on Twitter @Rupert_Fryer, if you like.
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