Balotelli grabs late spot-kick as AC Milan's surge stalls
FORMER Manchester City man Mario Balotelli converted a late penalty as AC Milan's recent resurgence was stalled as they were held to a 1-1 draw by relegation-threatened Cagliari.
The Italy striker notched his third goal in two games for Milan after he was fouled. Cagliari took the lead just before half-time when Victor Ibarbo got between two Milan defenders to head home Daniele Conti's free-kick
Juventus remain in control as they opened up a five-point lead at the Serie A summit with a 2-0 win over Fiorentina while second-placed Napoli could only manage a 1-1 draw at Lazio. First-half goals from Mirko Vucinic and Alessandro Matri sealed the victory.
Lionel Messi extended his record by scoring for a 13th consecutive league game as Barcelona hammered Getafe 6-1 at Nou Camp. Andres Iniesta was instrumental for the home side, controlling much of the game for the league leaders.
David Alaba scored twice as Bayern Munich extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to 15 points with a 4-0 thrashing of struggling Schalke.
Alaba opened the scoring from the spot in the 19th minute and then made it 3-0 at the start of the second half after Bastian Schweinsteiger had doubled Bayern's lead with a free-kick.
Mario Gomez completed the rout in the 63rd minute as Bayern took full advantage of second-placed Borussia Dortmund's surprising 4-1 home defeat to Hamburg.
Nigeria ended a 19-year wait to regain the African Nations Cup when a stunning goal from striker Sunday Mba gave them a deserved 1-0 win over Burkina Faso in Johannesburg yesterday.
The 24-year-old, who plays in the domestic league with Warri Wolves, looks destined for greater things after he struck after 40 minutes when the ball bounced off a defender following a shot from Chelsea star Victor Moses.
Mba flicked it over Mohamed Koffi then reacted quickest to score with his other foot to send the 90,000 crowd into raptures.