Mar 17, 2013 at 2pm UK at ​San Siro
AC Milan
2-0
Palermo
Balotelli (8' pen., 66')
Zapata (31')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Muñoz (71')

Result: Mario Balotelli guides AC Milan past Palermo

Mario Balotelli scores twice to guide AC Milan past Palermo at the San Siro.

AC Milan survived a nervy afternoon to keep their Champions League chase on track with a 2-0 victory over Palermo, thanks to a brace from Mario Balotelli.

AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring against Palermo on Match 17, 2013© AP Photos

Palermo were up against it from the outset and conceded a penalty early on when Salvatore Aronica was penalised for holding Balotelli in the area.

The Italian forward stepped up to coolly finish from the spot and give Massimiliano Allegri's side the lead.

The visitors felt that Cristian Zapata should have been sent off soon after for denying Jospil Ilicic a clear run at goal with his hand.

Despite fierce protests from Palermo players, the referee decided that a yellow card was sufficient punishment for the Colombian defender.

Milan struggled to control possession in the second half but sealed the points when Balotelli took advantage of a fortunate deflection to tap home his second from close range.

Palermo were unable to respond in the closing stages as Milan recorded a win that keeps them third in Serie A.

New AC Milan signing Mario Balotelli warms up prior to his side's match with Udinese on February 3, 2013
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