AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has defended Mario Balotelli after his spotkick miss.

Balotelli's penalty gaffe helped Genoa earn a point from the San Siro.

Allegri said: "The team did everything it had to in order to win, creating chance upon chance and allowing Genoa just one shot on target throughout the 90 minutes - and that was a penalty.

"Of course Balotelli was demoralised by the penalty miss, but he did good things and is an important player for us. After the spot-kick, Genoa put 10 men behind the ball and there wasn't much space."

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