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Nice 2-1 Lorient

Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli scored the winner and was sent off for two yellow cards inside six minutes

Mario Balotelli scored a late winner and was sent off as Nice beat Lorient to return to the top of Ligue 1.

The Italian produced a sublime curling strike in the 86th minute to restore his side's lead and was booked for removing his shirt in celebration.

In added time, he was dismissed after being shown another yellow card for a clash with Lorient's Steven Moreira.

Despite Balotelli's red card, Nice easily held on to extend their unbeaten start to the season to eight games.

Ricardo Pereira had given the hosts the lead in the 11th minute before Benjamin Moukandjo equalised for Lorient shortly after the hour mark.

Nice's victory means they moved above Monaco, who had gone top on Saturday by thrashing Metz 7-0.

Line-ups

Nice

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 30Cardinale
  • 4Baysse
  • 31Costa Santos
  • 33SarrBooked at 59mins
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 25Cyprien
  • 24BodmerSubstituted forPléaat 76'minutes
  • 6Seri
  • 29Chagas EstevaoSubstituted forEyssericat 63'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 5Belhanda
  • 9BalotelliBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Hassen
  • 2Souquet
  • 13Eysseric
  • 14Pléa
  • 18Walter
  • 22Donis
  • 26Koziello

Lorient

Formation 4-3-3

  • 40Lecomte
  • 20MoreiraBooked at 90mins
  • 5Toure
  • 13Ciani
  • 25Le Goff
  • 7MvuembaSubstituted forBen Khemisat 85'minutes
  • 6BellugouBooked at 27minsSubstituted forMesloubat 64'minutes
  • 8Ribeiro DiasBooked at 85mins
  • 27Cabot
  • 12MoukandjoSubstituted forWarisat 72'minutes
  • 21Mara

Substitutes

  • 9Waris
  • 16Delecroix
  • 17Mesloub
  • 23Fofana
  • 26Ben Khemis
  • 28Barthelme
  • 34Koffi
Referee:
Olivier Thual
Attendance:
17,816

Match Stats

Home TeamNiceAway TeamLorient
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home8
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nice 2, Lorient 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nice 2, Lorient 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Younès Belhanda (Nice).

  4. Post update

    Michael Ciani (Lorient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Nice. Conceded by Steven Moreira.

  6. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Mario Balotelli (Nice).

  7. Booking

    Steven Moreira (Lorient) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Valentin Eysseric (Nice) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Walid Mesloub (Lorient).

  10. Post update

    Offside, Nice. Paul Baysse tries a through ball, but Mario Balotelli is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Mario Balotelli (Nice) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Issam Ben Khemis (Lorient).

  13. Booking

    Valentin Eysseric (Nice) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Valentin Eysseric (Nice).

  15. Post update

    Issam Ben Khemis (Lorient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Booking

    Mario Balotelli (Nice) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Nice 2, Lorient 1. Mario Balotelli (Nice) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Wylan Cyprien.

  18. Booking

    Cafú (Lorient) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Valentin Eysseric (Nice) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Cafú (Lorient).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 2nd October 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nice8620145920
2Monaco86112291319
3PSG85121761116
4Toulouse8422116514
5Lyon8413159613
6Bordeaux84131110113
7Rennes8413910-113
8Metz8413915-613
9Saint-Étienne8332108212
10Guingamp832398111
11Bastia831466010
12Angers831489-110
13Caen8314714-710
14Marseille8233101009
15Dijon82241113-28
16Nantes822448-48
17Montpellier8143915-67
18Lille8215814-67
19Lorient8206513-86
20Nancy8125310-75
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