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Mario Balotelli scores winner against Mexico, gets yellow for shirtless flex

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With teammate Danielle De Rossi on his back, Mario Balotelli reproduced his famous shirtless flex goal celebration from Euro 2012 after scoring the 78th minute winner in Italy's Confederations Cup group stage match against Mexico.

Balotelli added to Andrea Pirlo's lovely goal from a free kick in the first half by chasing down a lobbed pass in the box and fired the ball pass Mexico's keeper while falling backwards. He was then shown a yellow card — his third in three matches — for removing his shirt and substituted in the 86th minute to avoid the possibility of another.

After the match, Italy manager Cesare Prandelli issued a public warning to Mario about the impromptu gun shows he keeps inviting everyone to. From Football Italia:

“There are no more words for Andrea [Pirlo], just a huge embrace and round of applause. As for Mario, he’s got to stop showing off his muscles, because the yellow cards do count.”

With the 2-1 win, Italy ended Mexico's 13-match unbeaten streak. They face Japan next, while Mexico will have another tough task against Brazil.

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