Balotelli managed to keep his composure in the Milan derby after being subjected to insults by fans of his former club. The now AC Milan star was insulted all game long and was also a victim of numerous racial abuse from Inter fans who have yet to forgive him for signing with their biggest rival.
Internazionale supporters waved inflated bananas and whistled at the former Manchester City striker during the derby at San Siro on Sunday night. Balotelli responded by holding a finger to his mouth midway through the second half.
The striker didn't have the best of games as he faced his former team for the first time since coming back to Italy. He missed a number of chances, most notably when his header was spectacularly saved by the Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.
"Balotelli did very well not to react to the provocations, I'm just sorry he wasn't able to score," said the Milan manager, Massimiliano Allegri, after the game. "He had a great first half. Let's not forget that he's 22 years old and he was playing against his former squad. It's to be expected that he felt pressure for this match."
The derby della madonnina ended 1-1 after the Inter substitute Ezequiel Schelotto scored his first goal for the club three minutes after coming on to cancel out Stephan El Shaarawy's first-half goal for Milan.