TSN TV Schedule TSN2 TV Schedule
Soccer

Balotelli scores two but AC Milan held to draw at Livorno

{eot}
The Canadian Press
12/7/2013 2:19:28 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

ROME -- Mario Balotelli scored twice and also hit the crossbar but AC Milan still had to scramble for a 2-2 draw at promoted Livorno in the Serie A on Saturday.

Also, Napoli surrendered the lead twice in a 3-3 draw with Udinese and wasted a chance to pull level with second-place Roma.

In Livorno, Balotelli put Milan ahead seven minutes in after redirecting a cross from Kaka then scored the equalizer in the 82nd with a splendid free kick over a Livorno wall.

Balotelli nearly produced a winner in the 89th but his long-distance effort banged off the underside of the crossbar and bounced in front of the goal.

Livorno's Luca Siligardi made it 1-1 in the 26th with a shot from beyond the area and Paulinho put the hosts ahead in the 58th by finishing off a counterattack.

Milan moved into eighth place while Livorno moved to fifth from bottom.

Balotelli has scored four goals in his last three matches after a six-match scoreless streak in all competitions.

"I've always been fine. There were never any big problems like was written," Balotelli said. "We were just lacking some goals. ... And we need to be more attentive when our opponents go on counterattacks."

Milan's next match is versus Ajax on Wednesday at the San Siro in the Champions League.

Napoli also has a key European match on Wednesday against Arsenal.

At the San Paolo stadium, Goran Pandev scored for Napoli in the 38th and 41st. First, the Macedonia striker was set up by Federico Fernandez then for his second he took a pass from Gonzalo Higuain and shot between a defender's legs.

Udinese pulled one back in the 45th with an own goal from Fernandez, who was attempting to block a header from Thomas Heurtaux, then Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes equalized with a long lob in the 70th that caught Napoli goalkeeper Rafael out of position.

Blerim Dzemaili restored Napoli's lead a minute later, knocking in a rebound of a shot from Higuain, and Dusan Basta took advantage as Napoli's defenders stood idle to equalize in the 80th from close range.

Napoli moved two points behind Roma, which hosts Fiorentina on Sunday.

Mario Balotelli (Photo: The Canadian Press)

zoom

(Photo: The Canadian Press)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story


Premier League Shows on TSN.ca

TSN.ca is Canada's exclusive home to highlight and feature programs from the Barclay's Premier League. Check out the latest programs on VOD below.


Net Busters

BPL Match Pack

Podcasts

TSN FC with Luke Wileman, Jason deVos & Kristian Jack - Apr 15

Luke, Jason and Kristian recap the Hillsborough tribute at Anfield, chat Toronto FC & Whitecaps, plus the NCAA route and how it develops players.

TSN 690: oranges at halftime: Apr 14 - Patrice Bernier

We chat Chicago disappointments, Karl Ouimette and PatriceBernier.com with the Impact captain

TSN 690: oranges at halftime: Apr 14 - Gareth Wheeler

Can Liverpool hang on to top spot, will Fulham and Wenger survive - Barclays Premier League breakdown with the host of the BPL on TSN Radio


More Podcasts

TSN TweetBox
© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television