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February 10, 2013 2:00 PM GMT
Stadio Is Arenas — Quartu Sant'Elena
Referee:‬ A. Giannoccaro‎
Attendance:‬ 9500‎
 
Mario Balotelli 82′ (PG)
Top of the Match
Víctor Ibarbo
Víctor Ibarbo
Cagliari
Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli
AC Milan
Flop of the Match
Sulley Muntari
Sulley Muntari
AC Milan
Davide Astori
Davide Astori
Cagliari

Cagliari 1-1 AC Milan: Balotelli rescues Rossoneri against Rossoblu

Massimiliano Allegri's side are now three points behind Lazio after the striker scored from 12 yards to prevent his side slipping to defeat in Sardinia

By Robin Bairner

Balotelli & Astori - Cagliari-Milan - Serie A
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Mario Balotelli was on target once again for AC Milan as they ground out a 1-1 draw at Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday afternoon.

The Rossoneri enjoyed the greater of the possession but the home side fashioned the better chances in the opening period and scored on the stroke of half-time thanks to a header from Victor Ibarbo.

Cagliari then soaked up great pressure in the second period, but eventually they crumbled as Davide Astore was dismissed and Balotelli converted from the spot.

The Rossoblu began brightly and Ibarbo was released by the impressive Conti, but after beating compatriot Cristian Zapata he had the ball robbed from him by Ignazio Abate.

Marco Sau’s cunning was to the fore and the next chance was fashioned for the South American down the left channel, but the forward slashed hopelessly over the top with only Christian Abbiati to beat.

Philippe Mexes, who had a wretched afternoon, then conceded a needless free kick 35 yards from his goal, just before half-time and the resultant delivery from Danieli Conti was beautifully glanced home by the Colombian.

Prior to that, Milan had been extremely flat. Although M’Baye Niang was making progress down the right-wing, only Balotelli was provoking any real threat to Michael Agazzi’s goal.

Having struck twice last weekend, the striker was full of confidence, yet his long-range free kicks were comfortably fielded by Michael Agazzi, despite their awkward, bobbling nature.

While the hosts had provided a genuine counterattacking threat in the opening half, they were considerably more limited after the break and became largely a defensive unit. Despite this, their well-organised nature meant that Milan were frustrated and there appeared no prospect of a levelling goal before Astori’s moment of foolishness.

With nine minutes remaining he dragged down Balotelli in the penalty area and the referee opted to award a penalty and dismiss the defender.

That left the former Manchester City man to stroke home his second spot-kick in a week and make it 1-1, with the draw  meaning Milan remain unbeaten in Serie A since the turn of the year.



Cagliari

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Michael Agazzi
Goalkeeper
4.00
13
Davide Astori
Defender
67′ 81′
3.50
14
3.00
15
Luca Rossettini
Defender
3.50
29
Nicola Murru
Defender
47′ 70′
3.50
5
Daniele Conti
Midfielder
45′ 51′
4.00
20
Albin Ekdal
Midfielder
3.50
21
Daniele Dessena
Midfielder
68′
3.00
-
3.00
23
4.00
9
Marco Sau
Striker
76′
3.00

AC Milan

3.00
32
3.00
2
2.50
5
2.50
17
3.50
20
2.00
4
Sulley Muntari
Midfielder
3.50
20
3.00
21
3.00
9
3.50
45
2.50
92

Substitutes

25
Vlada Avramov
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
3.00
24
 - 
34
 - 
7
Andrea Cossu
Midfielder
56′
3.00
16
 - 
-
 - 
18
Nenê
Striker
 - 
51
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
1
Marco Amelia
Goalkeeper
 - 
59
Gabriel
Goalkeeper
 - 
33
Mario Yepes
Defender
 - 
3
 - 
81
 - 
-
3.00
9
 - 
-
Bakaye Traoré
Midfielder
2.50
7
Robinho
Striker
80′
3.00
-

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0