MILAN (Sporting Alert) — Mario Balotelli made an immediate impact for his new side AC Milan after scoring both goals in the 2-1 Serie A win over Udinese at San Siro on Sunday.
The former Manchester City striker, who made the switch back to Italy in the January transfer window, gave AC Milan the lead in the 25th minute when he volleyed home past Daniele Padelli from a cross by striker partner Stephan El Shaarawy.
Balotelli got a huge roar from the home supporters after blasting home his first goal for his new club.
Udinese pulled a goal back through Giampiero Pinzi in the 55th minute to setup an interesting game in the second half.
AC Milan were given a lucky break in stoppage time when El Shaarawy drew a controversial penalty off Thomas Heurtaux with a smart run inside the penalty area.
And Balotelli, one of the most trusted spot kick takers, stepped up and calmly send Padelli the wrong way for to complete his brace and give Milan all three points.
The victory saw AC Milan moving up to fourth place on 40 points, three points behind third place Lazio in the Serie A table standings.