Balotelli’s Showboat FAIL overshadows Man City penalty shoot-out win in LA

LA Galaxy 1 – Manchester City 1* (Pens. 6-7) (World Football Challenge, July 24, 2011) It took Manchester City 20 minutes to break the deadlock against David Beckham and co. Mario Balotelli dispatching a penalty after Micah Richards had been fouled.

The incident that will propel this match to all parts of the globe came ten minutes later. Mario Balotelli burst through on goal with a fine run on the angle, perhaps to take the piss, or simply to enhance the viewing spectacle, he then tried an elaborate pirouette Showboat and hit the ball wide. Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini went mental and immediately substituted the Italian striker.

The full Mario Balotelli Showboat FAIL can be seen here.

LA Galaxy equalised at the start of the second half with a quality goal. Mike Magee volleying past Joe Hart.

Manchester City starting XI: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, De Jong, Barry, A Johnson, Silva, Dzeko, Balotelli

Post-match interview: Roberto Mancini.