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Super Mario earns AC Milan win

Mario Balotelli stuck four minutes from the end as AC Milan scraped a 1-0 win over Bologna in Serie A on Friday night.

The Rossoneri were looking to bounce back from last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Napoli, their first league loss under new coach Clarence Seedorf, and only just avoided another frustrating outing as Bologna's battling rearguard finally gave way in the closing stages.

The win will come as a boost to a Milan side preparing for a tough encounter with Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League, which gets under way with the first leg at the San Siro on Tuesday.