2014 World Cup qualifiers: Mario Balotelli, Marco Reus give Italy, Germany easy wins

Italy striker Mario Balotelli and German forward Marco Reus hit two goals each as their respective national side beat Malta and Kazakhstan.

updated: March 27, 2013 08:58 IST
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Mario Balotelli scored both goals as Italy defeated Malta 2-0 to move three points clear at the top of their World Cup qualifying group B on Tuesday.

The AC Milan striker opened his account early in the first half from the penalty spot before doubling his tally just before half-time, making it 10 goals in his last nine matches for both club and country.

However, the home side could count themselves a little unlucky as they missed a penalty and also clattered the crossbar in the first half.

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