Balotelli's header edged the World Cup opener 2-1 in Italy's favour.
âI am so happy, it was truly a unique emotion,â he said.
âIt was my first World Cup match and a wonderful sensation to experience. I dedicate the goal to my future wife and to my family."
Balotelli announced his engagement this week after popping the question to girlfriend Fanny Neguesha in Italyâs Brazilian training camp.
âThe climactic conditions were just terrible tonight in Manaus, as it was far too hot. Italy always suffer, but the important thing is to win.
âWe have to play without getting ahead of ourselves, so we must keep our feet on the ground, otherwise weâre going nowhere.â
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