Balotelli: I felt no pressure

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Mario Balotelli says he did not feel an ounce of pressure when tasked with scoring a last gasp penalty in Manchester City's dramatic win over Tottenham on Sunday.

Ledley King hauled down the Balotelli with only seconds remaining and referee Howard Webb showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Balotelli then stepped up and showed extreme composure to beat Brad Friedel and ensure City captured all three points with a thrilling 3-2 win.

The 21-year-old's goal made sure daylight remained between City and Manchester United in pursuit of the Barclays Premier League title, but the potential importance of the penalty had no effect on Balotelli.

"Nothing," he told Sky Sports when asked if he felt under pressure. "I was calm, like every time I take a penalty."

"Until the goalkeeper gets his hands on one then fine, but yet I have not missed one."

After a tepid first-half at the Etihad Stadium, City drew first blood in the second period when Samir Nasri slammed a slide rule pass from David Silva into the roof of the net.

The home side doubled their advantage just three minutes later thanks to Joleon Lescott, but Jermain Defoe soon pulled a goal back for Spurs.

Gareth Bale then drew the visitors level with a curling effort from the edge of the area before Defoe spurned a glorious chance to put Spurs in front.

It was then down to Balotelli to steal the headlines as he converted the winner with almost the final kick of the encounter.

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