Balotelli scores 2, AC Milan draws 2-2 at Livorno

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm •  Published: December 7, 2013
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ROME (AP) — 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."

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