Balotelli saves Italy the blushes

Mar 23, 2013, 02:54 IST | AFP

Mario Balotelli admitted he should have scored more in a 2-2 friendly draw with Brazil despite scoring a superb equaliser for the Azzurri. Italy, the four-time World Cup winners, went in for the half-time break 2-0 down to Brazil following goals from Fred and Oscar.

However, Cesare Prandelli switched from a two-man attack to a 4-3-3, giving Italy more width. It proved a decisive move, with two goals coming from Italy in the space of three minutes courtesy of Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi and Balotelli.

Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli

Balotelli’s strike, a looping drive from the edge of the area which landed in the top corner of Julio Cesar’s goal, was particularly impressive. 

But the AC Milan striker, who has scored seven goals in six games for the Rossoneri, was left rueing missed chances earlier in the match.

“I should have put some earlier chances away in the first half,” said Balotelli, who gave himself a mark of “six out of ten”. 

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