Thursday, April 10, 2008

Balotelli Claims Record

Mario Balotelli is delighted to have started fulfilling his potential after entering the history books with his top-flight debut goal.

The striker became the youngest player to score in Serie A this season with Inter's second goal at Atalanta on Game Day 32 at 17 years, 7 months and 26 days old.

He said: "It's good to have been given a certain responsibilty and I'm happy to be able to do the right thing."

The win for the reigning champions at the Azzurri d'Italia stadium in Bergamo restored the Nerazzurri's four-point lead over AS Roma in the chase for the title.

The Palermo-born youngster is in line for a place again at the weekend should Roberto Mancini decide not to risk Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the Game Day 33 fixture at home to Fiorentina.

The Sweden international has been struggling with a knee tendon problem and the Inter coach is determined not to aggravate the 26-year-old's injury ahead of the championship run-in.

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