Mario Balotelli saved his club Monzas chance to snatch his immediate qualification card to the Italian League after he led his team to a 3-1 victory over Salernitana in the 35th round of Italian second division.
Before the start of the match, Salernitana started in third place with 60 points, Monza was fourth with 55 points, while Empoli leads the standings with 67 points, followed by Lecce with 61 points.
It is worth noting that the first and second qualify directly for the Italian League, while the third to the eighth place holders are competing for the last card in the annexation system with the exit of Al-Malghoub
At Stadio Arici in Salerno, Monza came forward in the 49th minute through David Frattese, on loan from Sassuolo.
In the 51st minute, the Ivorian Cedric Gondo scored the equalizer, and 10 minutes before the end of the match, Christian Procci had signed on, former Milan coach Mario Balotelli, to lead the Monza attack.
One minute Balotelli scored Monzas second goal, and after 3 minutes he quarreled with the opposing club’s administrators and got a yellow card.
In the first minute of time, instead of stoppage, Balotelli scored his second and third goal for his team, snatching the three points and winning the second successive, which brought the team closer to the direct qualification seats.
49 ‘Salernitana 0-1 Monza
51 ‘Salernitana 1-1 Monza
Mario Balotelli comes off the bench for Monza in the 80th minute 👇
81 ‘Salernitana 1-2 Monza
90 ‘Salernitana 1-3 Monza
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— Italian Football TV (@IFTVofficial) May 1, 2021
Balotelli raised his score to 4 goals scored this season.
After the end of the 35th round of matches, Empoli had 67 and Lecce 61, as they both lost to Ascoli and Cittadella, respectively.
While the difference between Monza and Salernitana narrowed to only two points, and Monza meets with Lecce in the next round, and winning means the cards are scattered in the direct qualification struggle before two rounds to the end.