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Mario Balotelli scores four minutes into Monza debut

Serie B side Monza had to wait less than four minutes for the anticipated impact from Mario Balotelli, who scored on his debut against Salernitana.

Mario Balotelli scores four minutes into Monza debut

Mario Balotelli made a flying start to life in Serie B with a debut strike after just four minutes for Monza against Salernitana.

Balotelli off to a flier in Italy's second tier

The former AC Milan, Liverpool and Manchester City forward signed for Monza - owned by ex-Rossoneri chief Silvio Berlusconi - earlier this month until the end of the season. The 30-year-old made his second-tier bow on Wednesday, lining up alongside Kevin-Prince Boateng, another former Milan man, from the start at home to the league leaders. And Balotelli needed just three minutes and 53 seconds to get on the scoresheet as he turned in Carlos Augusto's cross with the first shot of the match and his first touch.

Balotelli has played in the top flight in Italy, England and France but only in Ligue 1, with Nice in 2016, had he previously netted on his debut in a new league.