Balotelli scores again in win

Mario Balotelli scored for the third game in a row since joining AC Milan to ensure the hosts won 2-1 at home to Parma in the San Siro.

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Mario Balotelli: Scored for the third game in a row

Mario Balotelli: Scored for the third game in a row

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An own goal from Gabriel Paletta gave the Rossoneri the lead in the first half before Balotelli netted his fourth goal in just three games for his new club.

Nicola Sansone scored a consolation for Parma deep in stoppage time but there was no time for the visitors to scramble what would have been an ill-deserved second.

The three points lift Milan above city rivals Inter and level on points with third-placed Lazio.

Paletta could have been Parma's hero in the ninth minute when he popped up inside the Milan penalty area and did the hard work in dribbling past two defenders only to drag his shot wide of the far post.

Unfortunately for Parma, Paletta did find the target at the other end in the 39th minute as he turned Kevin-Prince Boateng's cross into his own net.

Milan set about adding to their lead in a one-sided second half.

Boateng's excellent shot just missed the far post as he tried to turn Balotelli's cross home in the 53rd minute.

With 78 minutes gone, Balotelli preserved his record of scoring in every game since arriving from Manchester City as he curled a free-kick over the wall and beyond Nicola Pavarini's reach.

Parma grabbed a consolation with the last kick of the game when Sansone met Jonathan Biabiany's low cross at the far post.

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Italy Serie A

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Juventus 38 57 102
2 Roma 38 47 85
3 Napoli 38 38 78
4 Fiorentina 38 21 65
5 Inter 38 23 60
6 Parma 38 12 58
7 Torino 38 10 57
8 AC Milan 38 8 57
9 Lazio 38 0 56
10 Verona 38 -6 54
11 Atalanta 38 -8 50
12 Sampdoria 38 -14 45
13 Udinese 38 -11 44
14 Genoa 38 -9 44
15 Cagliari 38 -19 39
16 Chievo 38 -20 36
17 Sassuolo 38 -29 34
18 Catania 38 -32 32
19 Bologna 38 -30 29
20 Livorno 38 -38 25

Updated Sun, 18 May 2014

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