Balotelli only started the game after Giampaolo Pazzini broke down in the pre-match warm-up.
â€śI was supposed to be on the bench, but then Pazzo hurt himself so I played instead,â€ť Balotelli told Sky Sport Italia.
â€śIâ€™m happy it turned out like that, as I put in a good performance. We are strong in attack, even if I havenâ€™t played much and feel my legs are heavy. I must work to improve my fitness levels.
â€śIt is a good start, but now I must continue scoring goals. We created a great deal this evening, but Daniele Padelli performed some good saves.
â€śWe deserved to win and in the end we did it.â€ť