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Serie A heavyweights head-to-head

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Feb 10, 2013

Mario Balotelli PK salvages Milan a point

Mario Balotelli earned and converted a late penalty as AC Milan drew 1-1 at 10-man Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday.

The Italy striker stepped up to score his third goal in two games for Milan, following his move from Manchester City. Two of his goals have come from penalties with Balotelli scoring the winner in stoppage time against Udinese.

Cagliari took the lead just before half time when Victor Ibarbo got between two Milan defenders to head home Daniele Conti's free kick.

Milan leveled 10 minutes from time when Davide Astori wrestled Balotelli to the ground in the area. Astori was dismissed off for his second yellow card offense of the match.

"It was a hard-fought game and in the first half the team held out well, but we conceded that Ibarbo goal right before the break," Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "In the second half we started playing again and after the penalty had chances to win it. Unfortunately we were out of time and weren't sharp enough.

"We come away from Sardinia with a deserved point against a good Cagliari side."

Milan slipped to fifth place, two points behind Inter Milan, which beat Chievo Verona 3-1.

Inter had won only once in its past seven league matches but got off to a perfect start when Antonio Cassano scored after just 95 seconds. Luca Rigoni headed in the equalizer, but goals from Diego Milito and Andrea Ranocchia secured the win.

Inter is a point behind third-place Lazio, with Napoli six points further ahead. Defending champion Juventus has a five-point advantage at the top of the table.

There was more bad news for Roma, which lost 3-1 at Sampdoria in Aurelio Andreazzoli's first match in charge, after he replaced Zdenek Zeman on an interim basis.

Alberto Malesani enjoyed a better coaching debut at bottom club Palermo as it drew 1-1 at home to Pescara.

Pescara took the lead when substitute Birkir Bjarnason nodded in Gaetano D'Agostino's free kick in the 73rd but Diego Fabbrini drilled in the equalizer seven minutes later.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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