HOUSTON (AP) — Mario Balotelli bent in a free kick from long range in AC Milan's 3-0 victory over Mexico's Guadalajara in a rugged friendly match on Wednesday.
Mbaye Niang got to a cross inside the box against two defenders and his left-footed finish gave AC Milan a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute. Balotelli's goal in the 38th minute doubled the advantage and an unmarked Giampaolo Pazzini buried a Michael Essien cross in the 72nd minute.
Chivas' Fernando Arce had a close-range shot hit the crossbar in the second minute. His chip from distance in the 13th needed a lunging save by goalkeeper Christian Abbiati.
The match was marred by poor field conditions at NRG Stadium. The temporary grass and sand placed on top of the artificial surface created many unpredictable bounces.