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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) If last year's European Championship was the moment Mario Balotelli revealed himself to a global audience, this year's Confederations Cup is shaping up as confirmation that he is a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.
And if Italy appeared hesitant at times to heap too much pressure on Balotelli in Poland and Ukraine, that's no longer an issue.
When Balotelli scored the winning goal in Sunday's 2-1 win over Mexico, it didn't come as a surprise. He was a force to be reckoned with throughout the game at the Maracana Stadium.