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ROME---Mario Balotelli has
expressed astonishment at the reac-
tion to an argument he had with
some Italian football pundits after
a game on Friday.
Following AC Milan s 2-0 loss to
Roma, Balotelli had a tense exchange
with the Sky Italia TV studio hosts.
Balotelli said: "When Milan wins
Mario is great, when it loses Mario
Told by one studio host that he
doesn t move enough on the pitch,
Balotelli responded: "You don t know
anything about football. Trust me."
His comments provoked plenty of
reaction both supportive and critical,
and Balotelli responded on Twitter
around 4 a.m. local time on Saturday
morning, saying in Italian: "Mamma
mia I divide Italy in 2! Wow! While
nearly everyone abroad is united with
Then he added in English: "What
a strange game."
Balotelli, whose career had been
littered with controversies and clashes
with both coaches and teammates,
was largely ineffective against Roma
and he was substituted in the 69th
As Balotelli walked off, he appeared
to question coach Clarence Seedorf s
decision to remove him.
"I didn t understand my substitu-
tion," Balotelli said in the interview.
Told that he doesn t criticize himself
enough, Balotelli said "I m a very nor-
mal player. It s you who says I m a
Balotelli is having a strong season
and set a personal record last week
with his 14th goal of the campaign.
"I chose to take off Balotelli, but
when he came off he didn t say any-
thing special to me," Seedorf said.
"We shouldn t always analyze every
detail, when there is something neg-
ative to say about Balo, you are always
ready. There are things said and done
in the heat of the moment, but then
it s talked about and resolved.
"He s coming off the back of many
positive weeks, both with goals and
with his behavior."
Balotelli has a history of being in
the headlines as much for his antics
off the pitch as his talent on it.
He made light of his troubles in
2011 when he was with Manchester
City by unveiling a T-shirt with the
slogan "Why Always Me?" during a
6-1 rout of Manchester United in a
Premier League derby. That came
after reports that a fire had broken
out at his house when fireworks were
let off in his bathroom.
Balotelli escaped punishment earlier
in 2011 after throwing a dart at a City
youth-team player. No one was hurt
in the incident. (AP)
Bayern rallies, beats Bremen
5-2 in the Bundesliga
warmed up for its Champions League
semifinal against Real Madrid with a
5-2 win over Werder Bremen in the
Bayern trailed twice but scored
three goals in a seven-minute span
in the second half to put the match
away. Franck Ribery scored and played
a role in two other goals as his form
finally improved ahead of Tuesday s
match against Madrid, which holds
a 1-0 lead from the home leg. (AP)
Claudio Pizarro scores twice for
Bayern against his former club.
"We conceded two counter goals
and we can t let it happen on Tues-
day," Pizarro said. "Perhaps it s better
not to score so many if we give away
Bottom clubs Nuremberg and Ein-
tracht Braunschweig both lost, which
means they can avoid relegation only
by reaching the playoff spot at the
expense of Hamburger SV, which plays
today in Augsburg. There are two
rounds left. Hamburg has a match in
hand and could escape from the play-
Nuremberg lost 2-0 in Mainz and
Braunschweig went down 2-0 at
Wolfsburg had its hopes of qual-
ifying for the Champions League
dampened with a 2-2 draw against
Freiburg at home. Hoffenheim and
Eintracht Frankfurt drew 0-0.
Bayer Leverkusen played Borussia
Dortmund in the late match.
Bayern s players wore black arm-
bands and a minute of silence was
observed before kickoff in honor of
former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova,
who died on Friday. Bayern also put
a statement of condolences, in Ger-
man and Catalan, on its website.
Before becoming head coach, Vilanova
was the assistant of Pep Guardiola,
who is now the Bayern coach.
"We experienced a lot together. We
lost together and won together. This
is a very difficult situation," Guardiola
said. "The sadness will accompany
Guardiola said he was disappointed
with his players for the first time this
season after their performance in the
"The fans don t deserve to see such
a first half. In the second, it was bet-
ter," he said. "But the win is good for
Guardiola, wearing a dark blue
sweater instead of his customary suit,
left several regulars on the bench and
saw his team get off to a slow start
and fall behind after 10 minutes.
Cedrick Makiadi led a counterattack
and sent a perfect pass to Theodor
Gebre Selassie, who slotted past
Ribery got the equalizer 10 minutes
later. Pizarro got a loose ball and sent
a through pass to Ribery, who shot
through the legs of Werder goalkeeper
Aaron Hunt made it 2-1 with Bre-
men s second chance. Franco Di Santo
crossed long to the opposite side,
Hunt easily faked Jerome Boateng,
and slotted inside the far post.
Bayern s comeback began in the
54th with a corner from Ribery.
Thomas Mueller headed down to the
far post, where Pizarro sidefooted the
Three minutes later, Ribery gave a
no-look pass to David Alaba, whose
short feed found Pizarro unchallenged
and the striker slid to knock the ball
In the 61st, Philipp Lahm crossed
from the right and Bastian Schwein-
steiger rose to send a powerful header
into the roof of the net.
Arjen Robben scored in the 74th
in his first possession after coming
off the bench. Robben cut inside from
the right in his trademark move and
drove home with his left foot, finding
the low corner as Werder fell to its
seventh straight Bundesliga defeat to
Bayern has already clinched the
Bundesliga title and is seeking to
become the only club to win the
Champions League twice in a row.
While its attacking game fell into
place after the break, Bayern s defense
struggled against the fast break. Bay-
ern has conceded eight goals in its
last three Bundesliga matches at
Getafe's win dooms Betis
to relegation in Spain
BARCELONA---Getafe s 1-0 win over
Malaga condemned last-placed Real
Betis to relegation from Spain s first
division yesterday, while Rayo Valle-
cano scored three times in the second
half for a 3-0 win at 10-man Grana-
da.Getafe s second win in 2014 lifted
it out of the relegation zone, and left
Betis in last place and 13 points from
safety with only four games to play.
Forward Adrian Colunga scored
what proved to be the winner seven
minutes into the match at Getafe
from a pass by Ciprian Marica, who
then left his side a man down from
the 37th for a second yellow card.
But Malaga couldn t take advantage
of the extra man and itself lost a
player when Marcos Angeleri was
sent off for a second booking in the
Rayo has climbed from the drop
zone to provisionally sit in ninth place
with only one loss in its last 10 match-
es.Rayo held Granada in check in the
first half before Yacine Brahimi s dis-
missal for a second yellow card in the
51st turned the match in the visitors
favor, with Saul Niguez s long-range
strike giving Rayo the lead in the 54th.
Joaquin Larrivey doubled the
advantage five minutes later before
Sebas Fernandez headed in Rayo s
third goal in the 86th. (AP)
Balotelli has tense verbal
exchange with TV studio
AC Milan's Mario Balotelli, right, and AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan of
Belgium challenge for the ball during an Italian Serie A soccer match between
Roma and AC Milan at Rome's Olympic stadium, on Friday. AP PHOTOS
Bayern's Arjen Robben of the Netherlands, centre, celebrates with team
mates Franck Ribery of France, left, and David Alaba of Austria after
scoring his side's fifth goal during the German first division Bundesliga
soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and SV Werder Bremen in
Munich, southern Germany, yesterday.
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