Mario Balotelli scores twice as AC Milan beat Pescara

Mario Balotelli

Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli scored twice as AC Milan closed in on Serie A's third and final Champions League qualifying place with a 4-0 win over Pescara.

Balotelli has now scored 11 goals in 11 games for Milan since

Milan are four points clear of fourth-placed Fiorentina with two games left.

But their city rivals Inter Milan have missed out on European football altogether after losing 3-1 to Lazio.

The 2010 Champions League winners have taken just three points from the last 18 possible to drop out of the running for a Europa League spot.

Conversely, victory in either of AC Milan's final two matches - at home to Roma or away to Siena - would ensure they join champions Juventus and second-placed Napoli as the Italian entrants for next season's Champions League.

After hitting the crossbar in the opening two minutes, Balotelli, 22, scored a ninth-minute penalty and later netted from close range to round off the scoring.

Sulley Muntari and Mathieu Flamini, formerly of Portsmouth and Arsenal respectively, scored between the Italy's international's goals.

Serie A's top scorer Edinson Cavani scored his 27th league goal of the season as Napoli secured second spot with a 3-0 win over Bologna while Juventus, already crowned champions, made it nine successive league wins by beating Atalanta 1-0.

Alessandro Matri scored the only goal of the game for the 'Old Lady' in a match that was briefly suspended before Juventus manager Antonio Conte and the Atalanta players appealed to their respective sets of fans to stop throwing fireworks at each other.

If Juventus beat Cagliari and Sampdoria in their final two games, they will surpass the club-record tally of 91 points set in winning the league in the 2005-06 season, a title they were stripped of for their part in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.

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