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A late Mario Balotelli penalty saw Ajax and AC Milan draw 1-1 at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Ajax enjoyed the best of the first half as Milan struggled. After a quarter of an hour, Daley Blind, impressive in the opening stages, evaded three defenders on the left to set up Viktor Fischer, who sent a shot just wide from outside the area.

Then, on the 35th minute, Lerin Duarte’s left footed shot from an acute angle on the left was smartly tipped over by Christian Abbiati. A minute later, Ajax again had a chance, Niklas Moisander slicing a volley just over. Milan had just 30% of possession in the first half, and failed to create a chance.

The second half brought the first Milan shot of the match, when Robinho found Balotelli in space on the left. The striker cut onto his right foot, and unleashed a fierce shot which Jasper Cillessen tipped onto the bar Five minutes later, Stefano Denswil was hugely lucky to escape a penalty after handling a Robinho cross.

In the last minute before added time, Ajax made a rare venture forward. From a corner on the right, Denswil found space as Sulley Muntari dithered, and appeared to win the game with a powerful close range header.

Then, three minutes later, AC Milan were desperately pressing forward for an equaliser. As Balotelli jostled for a cross with Mike Van Der Hoorn, he dragged him to the ground and was inexplicably awarded a penalty.

Despite his recent miss against Napoli, Balotelli returned to normal service, and his penalty gave Milan a share of the points.

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