Serie A - Balotelli hits double as Milan thump Pescara

Serie A, Stadio Adriatico - Pescara 0 Milan 4 (Balotelli 9 pen, 57, Muntari 33, Flamini 51)

Serie A - Balotelli hits double as Milan thump Pescara

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Mario Balotelli Milan 2013 AP/LaPresse

Mario Balotelli grabbed a double as Milan boosted their hopes of Champions League football with a 4-0 win in Serie A at relegated Pescara.

The former Manchester City striker has now scored 11 goals in 11 appearances since arriving at the San Siro in January.

He opened the scoring with a penalty kick on nine minutes after Uros Cosic had dumped Antonio Nocerino to the ground before swivelling to thump a high shot into the Pescara net at the Stadio Adriatico on 57 minutes from Mathieu Flamini's cross as Milan declared on four for the day.

Sulley Muntari (33) and Flamini (51) - both finding the net with a volley from Robinho's deliveries - grabbed Milan's other goals in a one-sided contest that illustrated why the home side have already been relegated.

Pescara have conceded at least four goals in six matches in Serie A this season, two of which were against Milan.

Milan are third in the standings and looking good for a Champions League place with champions Juventus and second-placed Napoli already securing places in world football's most celebrated tournament.

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