Chelsea’s Oscar on target but Milan ace Balotelli to the rescue as Italy hold Brazil

Mario Balotelli has continued his stellar run of form with the equalising goal as Italy came from behind to force a 2-2 draw in a friendly with Brazil in Geneva.

The former Manchester City striker, who has scored seven goals in six outings since joining AC Milan in January, scored the Azzurri’s second goal just before the hour-mark to put Cesare Prandelli’s men back on level terms.

Brazil had earlier taken the lead through Fred’s cool back-post volley in the 33rd minute before Chelsea midfielder Oscar doubled the advantage just before half-time with a deft flick after playing a neat one-two with Neymar.

But Italy responded less than ten minutes into the second half when Daniele De Rossi stuck out a boot to divert a corner into the back of the net before Balotelli produced a moment of magic with a curling effort from the edge of the area despite being surrounded by Brazilians.

Italy will now prepare for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier with Malta in Ta’ Qali. They currently sit at the top of Group B with 10 points from four outings whilst Malta are yet to record a point in their three fixtures.

 
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