Ligue 1 Roundup: Nice strengthen hold on third place after violence Bordeaux

All of Mario Balotelli’s 11 fasten goals this deteriorate have been scored during home. (Source: Reuters)

Striker Mario Balotelli equalized from a chastisement mark and afterwards helped to emanate a personality as Nice rallied to flog Bordeaux 2-1 in a French fasten on Sunday.

The win changed third-placed Nice one indicate behind Paris Saint-Germain and 4 behind personality Monaco, nonetheless they both have a diversion in palm on Nice, that hosts PSG during a finish of April.

All of Balotelli’s 11 fasten goals this deteriorate have been scored during home, and a Italian brazen quietly struck a 16th-minute chastisement after maestro midfielder Jeremy Toulalan was adjudged to have fouled right behind Arnaud Soquet as he detonate into a area.

Bordeaux had taken a lead in a ninth notation interjection to a excellent idea from Gaetan Laborde. The striker took advantage of an blunder from Nice’s Brazilian core half Dante to mangle into a chastisement area, flog dual defenders and measure with an pointed finish.

After leveling from a chastisement spot, Balotelli showed crafty expectation to pillow a pass into a trail of midfielder Valentin Eysseric, who incited to strike a shining curling strike past goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso in a 27th notation from usually outward a chastisement area.

There were no goals in a second half though Bordeaux missed 4 chances, with brazen Francois Kamano blank an open idea and blank with another strike.

“In a second half they commanded a game. If we remove a round opposite them, they are lethal,” Nice manager Lucien Favre pronounced of Bordeaux. “But we shouldn’t forget that we have several players injured, so hats off to a team.”

Bordeaux is in sixth place, one indicate behind fifth-placed Marseille.


Lyon missed an early chastisement and conceded a late equalizer in a 1-1 pull during 10-man Rennes.

Lyon unsuccessful to take advantage of carrying an additional male for scarcely a whole diversion after Algerian defender Ramy Bensebaini was sent off in a fifth minute. The ensuing mark kick, taken by Lyon tip scorer Alexandre Lacazette, was good saved by goalkeeper Benoit Costil.

Midfielder Corentin Tolisso went tighten 3 times as Lyon dominated a initial half, though a visitors had to wait until a 53rd notation before holding a lead when brazen Maxwell Cornet incited in a cranky from left behind Jeremy Morel.

Congolese brazen Firmin Mubele equalized for midtable Rennes in a 82nd with his initial idea given fasten Rennes from Qatari bar Al-Ahli.

“Given a resources we should have won a match,” Lyon manager Bruno Genesio said. “So, yes, this pull feels like a defeat. We started losing lane of what we were doing 15 mins from a end, and we don’t know why. Perhaps it was a miss of concentration.”

Lyon has not won divided in a fasten given violence personality Monaco 3-1 in Dec and forsaken some-more points in a query to locate third-placed Nice.

Lyon is 16 points behind Nice.

“Given what we showed today, we don’t merit to be on a lectern (in a tip three),” Genesio said. “I’m irritated, for wish of a improved word.”


Burkina Faso striker Prejuce Nakoulma scored both goals as Nantes flog Angers 2-1 to pierce adult to ninth place.

Striker Andy Delort got his fourth idea given fasten from Mexican bar Tigres in Jan as Toulouse won 1-0 during Montpellier to go 10th.

Cameroon striker Benjamin Moukandjo’s 10th fasten idea of a deteriorate helped Lorient flog Caen 1-0 as it bids to equivocate relegation. Lorient is 19th though usually one indicate behind 17th-placed Dijon.

Paris Saint-Germain flog Monaco 4-1 in a League Cup final on Saturday.


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