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Milan show resilience ahead of Barcelona return

Published: Friday 8 March 2013, 23.12CET
Giampaolo Pazzini and Mario Balotelli scored the goals as AC Milan warmed up for their UEFA Champions League round of 16 decider against FC Barcelona with a 2-0 victory at Genoa CFC.
Milan show resilience ahead of Barcelona return
Giampaolo Pazzini takes the acclaim after opening the scoring ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 8 March 2013, 23.12CET

Milan show resilience ahead of Barcelona return

Giampaolo Pazzini and Mario Balotelli scored the goals as AC Milan warmed up for their UEFA Champions League round of 16 decider against FC Barcelona with a 2-0 victory at Genoa CFC.

AC Milan strengthened their grip on third place in Serie A with a 2-0 victory away to Genoa CFC.

A point ahead of FC Internazionale Milano at the start of play, the Rossoneri moved further away from their city rivals thanks to goals in either half from Giampaolo Pazzini and Mario Balotelli against a Genoa side that remain five points clear of the bottom three.

The home side had the better of the formative stages but Pazzini (22) fired in a spectacular opener off the bar from the edge of the area as Massimiliano Allegri's men attempted to close to within eight points of leaders Juventus. The goalscorer could not continue after his strike, but his replacement Balotelli took up the baton with aplomb.

Genoa nearly levelled five minutes into the second half when Cesare Bovo's free-kick struck an upright before Milan doubled their advantage. Balotelli (60) rifled in his fifth goal in as many league games from Cristián Zapata's cunning reverse pass but the result remained in the balance when Kévin Constant was sent off five minutes later.

Last updated: 09/03/13 8.46CET

Results

Italian Serie A 2012/13

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HomeAway
Last updated: 10/04/2013 17:45 CET

08/03/2013

GenoaGenoa0-2MilanMilan

Pazzini 22, Balotelli 60

Venue: Genova

Standings

*UC Sampdoria have had 1 points deducted
*Torino FC have had 1 points deducted
*Atalanta BC have had 2 points deducted
*AC Siena have had 6 points deducted
Last updated: 10/04/2013 17:45 CET

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