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Football: Super-Mario strikes to seal Milan win over Bologna

Published on Feb 15, 2014 6:56 AM
AC Milan's Mario Balotelli shoots to score against Bologna during their Italian Serie A soccer match at San Siro Stadium in Milan February 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MILAN (AFP) - Mario Balotelli hit a 25-metre rocket to secure a late 1-0 win for Milan at home to Bologna and boost flagging morale ahead of a crucial week for the struggling Serie A giants.

Milan coach Clarence Seedorf has been under scrutiny and was looking for a morale-boosting performance ahead of the visit of Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday.

Instead, the 37-year-old Dutchman was witness to a mediocre display against a Bologna side that defended in numbers and came close to breaking the deadlock several times at the end of counter-attacking moves.

Seedorf eventually opted to shake things up when he replaced Japan international forward Keisuke Honda with striker Giampaolo Pazzini, who added some extra fizz to Milan's flat attack when he came on 20 minutes into the second half.

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