Balotelli reveals joy at goalscoring AC Milan debut

Mario Balotelli has revealed his delight at scoring both goals in his debut for AC Milan, in which the side beat Udinese 2-1 on Sunday night.

The Italy forward was due to start the game on the bench, but Giampaolo Pazzini picked up an injury in training, which meant the €22 million January signing started the game on the pitch.

He scored after 25 minutes to put the Rossoneri ahead, but a goal from Giampiero Pinzi looked to have settled the game as a draw. However, a late – and very controversial – penalty was awarded and the striker calmly put away the spot kick to secure a stoppage-time victory.

Balotelli told reporters after the game: “I was supposed to be on the bench and Pazzo [Pazzini] was meant to play but he had a problem. I played from the start and it went well.”

The former Inter starlet admitted that his fitness needs a lot of work, however, but exclaimed his joy despite his post-match exhaustion.

“I’m happy even if the game was difficult,” Balotelli added. “I’m strong but my legs are still heavy. I haven’t played many games and I have to train a lot.”

The win leaves the Rossoneri level on points with archrivals Inter, and fourth in Serie A.

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