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Roberto Mancini doesn't care for Mario Balotelli's backheel

Mario Balotelli of Manchester City in action against

Mario Balotelli of Manchester City in action against Los Angeles Galaxy. (July 24, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Behold, another highlight from the "because-scoring-with-the-front-of-my-foot-is-just too-easy-for-me" department ...

When this backheeled penalty kick made its way around cyberspace last week, Mario Balotelli must've been watching.

The Manchester City youngster blew an easy scoring opportunity in a preseason match against the LA Galaxy and immediately drew the ire of manager Roberto Mancini. In the 29th minute, rather than blast a point-blank shot on goal for a probable 2-0 lead, Balotelli opted to twirl over the ball and backheel it -- rolling it five yards wide of the net. The Galaxy crowd didn't appreciate his ruse.

Neither did Mancini. Within a minute of the move, James Milner was yanked off the bench and Balotelli got the hook. The two exchanged words as he took his seat on the bench.

"If you are serious, you can play 90 minutes. If not, you can come and sit by me on the bench," Mancini said.


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