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Mario Balotelli is earning rave reviews after marking his return to Italy with two goals in his AC Milan debut.
Balotelli scored both goals - including a stoppage-time winner from the penalty spot - in Milan's 2-1 win over Udinese on Sunday.
Milan vice president Adriano Galliani says ''super, super, super, it's really fantastic ... he could have scored after only 35 seconds, that would have been the top, but it's still great.''
Galliani compared Balotelli to former Milan great Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who left for Paris Saint-Germain in the offseason.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says he is ''happy'' Balotelli has returned to Italy, adding ''now he has to do his talking on the field, as he did yesterday.''
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