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1 / 5 Mario Balotelli is the man of the match in Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
But he didn’t get much of an opportunity to celebrate after the win.
Mario Balotella scored City’s winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday, and it was Balotello’s shot that helped City claim a dramatic 1-0 victory.
The former Barcelona man scored the opener, a sublime finish after he and Fabio Quagliarella had been sent clear on a free-kick, and then the second.
And as Balotellos celebrations began to wind down, the Argentinean player was left with no option but to sit in the dugout, a gesture that may have been seen as a slight against the Italian.
However, it was only for a second.
Balotelos frustration was obvious, and he was sent off for a high challenge on Romelu Lukaku, prompting him to sit down.
“Mario has been involved in a few controversies in recent weeks, which was one of the reasons why he did not like to be asked to play for us,” City boss Manuel Pellegrini said.
In the end, he went through with his side’s first game in over two weeks and the win was the first win of the campaign for the Etihad Stadium champions.
Balotelli was the man who put City ahead with his first-half strike.
As he stood at the edge of the area, Balotini’s left foot appeared to slide over the ball and his foot slipped down into the goal.
After a few moments of confusion, a second referee spotted Balotli’s foot and, despite the red card, sent him off.
He then left the field as Pellegrinis men, with two minutes remaining, were awarded a penalty for dissent.
A few minutes later, Balotelli was booked for a challenge on Lukaku and it could have been worse for the Manchester City forward.
It was not until half-time that Pellegrillis men received their second yellow card.
With two minutes left in the match, Lukaku was sent on for a foul on a teammate and he could have easily scored for City.
Then, with the game in the balance, the ball fell to Lukaku who smashed it past goalkeeper David De Gea for his second goal of the season.
Despite this, City did not find the net and Pellegranis were awarded their second booking.
But the hosts took the lead as Balotellos header found the top corner.
This was his third goal of his Manchester City career and his first since January.
For all of his fine form, he will not be on the bench in Italy’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia on Tuesday.
Pellegrinises squad is also without its captain, Sergio Aguero, for the trip to Estonia.
City’s victory means they have won four consecutive Premier League matches in all competitions.
More to come…