With Man City trailing Borussia Dortmund 1-0 and facing a second straight Champions League group stage loss, Mario Balotelli came off the bench in the 81st minute and was given the chance to prove his clutch brilliance once again.
The 22-year-old striker has never missed a penalty in his short career and when Dortmund defender Neven Subotic was called for a handball in the 89th minute, Mario had the opportunity to keep his streak going. Upset about the call, Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller tried to put Balotelli off by walking up to him and whispering in his ear as Mario just stared, blocking him out like all the other abusive voices he has to deal with on a regular basis.
And after a stuttering run up, Balotelli calmly put the ball in one corner of the net while Weidenfeller dove towards the other, giving City a much needed equalizer. Mario then picked the ball out of the net and made a talking gesture at Weidenfeller as he jogged away. This is why it's hard not to love Mario Balotelli.
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