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Italian Serie A

(ATT 12,000) 8th May 2013 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: C Russo

Pescara Pescara vs AC Milan AC Milan

Pescara 0

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AC Milan 4

M Balotelli (pen 9, 57)
S Muntari (33)
M Flamini (51)

Balotelli at the double

Last Updated: 08/05/13 9:31pm

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Mario Balotelli in action for AC Milan.

Mario Balotelli in action for AC Milan.

Mario Balotelli struck twice to bolster AC Milan's bid for Champions League football with a thumping 4-0 win at already-relegated Pescara.

Balotelli smoothed the way for a comfortable night when he opened the scoring from the penalty spot after nine minutes.

Sulley Muntari and Mathieu Flamini put Milan out of sight before Balotelli secured his double just before the hour.

Milan's win ensured they would remain in third place with a full round of fixtures in Serie A.

Balotelli almost fired the visitors into a second-minute lead when he smashed a shot against the woodwork from close range after a corner was allowed to run through to him.

The Italy striker did not have to wait to open the scoring, however, as Milan won a penalty on nine minutes when Antonio Nocerino was tripped by Uros Cosic.

Balotelli slotted the penalty home, with Mattia Perin diving the wrong way, to ensure his perfect record from the spot.

Muntari doubled Milan's lead on 33 minutes when he was left unmarked to turn in a free-kick.

Milan were well on track for victory and they were 3-0 up through Flamini six minutes after half-time.

Balotelli started the move as he freed Robinho, who profited from Luciano Zauri's slip, to allow him the time to pick out Flamini to tap in.

Balotelli then grabbed his 11th Milan goal in as many appearances on 57 minutes.

The former Manchester City striker received Flamini's pull back before firing in from six yards.

It could have been worse for Pescara but Perin did well to keep out Stephan El Shaarawy late on.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 16 39
2 Roma 16 36
3 Napoli 16 27
4 Sampdoria 15 26
5 Genoa 15 26
6 Lazio 15 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 15 23
9 Udinese 15 21
10 Palermo 15 21
11 Inter Milan 15 20
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 15 17
14 Empoli 15 16
15 Torino 15 14
16 Atalanta 15 14
17 Chievo 15 13
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7