Monday, February 25, 2013


Smoked out: Balotelli stands amongst fog caused by the flares being lit

Former Manchester City star, Mario Balotelli was subjected to racial taunts by Inter Milan fans as he took on his former club on Sunday night.

Despite the abuse he kept his composure and signalled for them to be quiet by putting a finger to his mouth.

Some Inter fans waved inflatable bananas and whistled at the AC Milan striker during the derby clash.

Out of luck: Balotelli was denied by some great saves but was also culpable of poor misses

'Balotelli did very well not to react to the provocations, I'm just sorry he wasn't able to score,' Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri said.

'He had a great first half. Let's not forget that he's 22 years old and he was playing against his former squad. It's to be expected that he felt pressure for this match.'

Balotelli played for Inter between 2006-10 before moving to Manchester City. 

The San Siro had more Inter fans than Milan supporters - the former side were at home - and they mocked their former striker.

Atmospheric: Inter fans light flares which filled the San Siro with smoke

He was whistled at and there were some reports of Inter fans waving inflatable bananas at him.
Balotelli responded to the taunts by holding a finger to his mouth.
Temper temper: Balotelli argues with Inter stalwart Javier Zanetti
He only had himself to blame as his side were pegged back in the San Siro after taking the lead.

The Italian striker had several opportunities to score in the first half, as Milan dominated.

Stephan El Shaarawi opened the scoring for Milan after receiving Kevin-Prince Boateng's through ball and flicking it round Samir Handanovic with the outside of his right boot. 
Derby delight: El Shaarawy celebrates by leaping in to the air

However, Argentine midfielder Ezequiel Schelotto, who came on as a 69th minute substitute headed home Yuto Nagatomo's cross for Inter Equaliser two minutes later

Tears: Schelotto cries as he celebrates with coach Andrea Stramaccioni
Inter continued to press after that but could not break through, as Milan fell away.
The draw left Milan third, six points behind second-placed Napoli and 13 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus. Inter are one point behind Milan in fifth.

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