Mario Balotelli scores fourth Milan goal in three games to beat Parma
• Ex-Manchester City striker succeeds with late free-kick
• Milan third with Lazio, 11 points behind leaders Juventus
Mario Balotelli scored his fourth goal in three matches since joining Milan as his new team beat Parma 2-1.
The Parma defender Gabriel Paletta scored an own-goal in the 39th minute to put Milan ahead at home, accidentally redirecting a cross from Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Balotelli hit the crossbar with a free-kick in the 63rd minute, then found the target with another free-kick in the 78th.
Nicola Sansone pulled a goal back for Parma in added time.
The victory moved Milan provisionally level with third-placed Lazio, 11 points behind the Serie A leaders, Juventus.
Balotelli was unhappy with his treatment by Parma's defenders and with the referee for allowing his opponents too much leeway.
"If I committed fouls like these I would be booked or sent off. Maybe if the referee blew for fouls every now and again, I wouldn't be leaving the field with all these marks," the Italy striker told Sky Sport Italia, showing the cuts and bruises on his legs to the cameras.
However, rough treatment did not stop him scoring the winner with a deft free-kick. "I'd taken a few kicks and couldn't really hit the ball hard like I usually do, so I decided to lift it over the wall instead," added the 22-year-old.
The Milan manager, Massimiliano Allegri, said: "Mario was fouled a lot tonight but was very good. Every now and again he loses his temper but that will improve.
"When players like him arrive, the level of skill in the team goes up. He was a great buy by the club and now we're on for a great comeback in the league."
Next Sunday's match with their city rivals, Internazionale, could be crucial in deciding who qualifies for next season's Champions League.
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