French Ligue 1
Nice4Nantes1

Nice 4-1 Nantes

Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli has scored six goals in his first five games in the French league

Mario Balotelli continued his career revival in France with another goal as Nice beat Nantes to move six points clear at the top of Ligue 1.

The Italian, who has scored seven goals in his first seven Nice games, latched on to Jean Michael Seri's pass over the top to slot home their second goal.

The ex-Liverpool striker had a hand in the opener, Wylan Cyprien scoring after Balotelli was tackled.

Emiliano Sala pulled one back but Alassane Plea and Cyprien sealed it.

Balotelli has scored six goals in his first five games in the French league, having managed only two league goals in the previous two seasons for Liverpool, who let the 26-year-old leave for free on transfer deadline day, and AC Milan.

Nice, who have not won the league since 1959, are unbeaten in their opening 11 Ligue 1 games since the summer appointment of Lucien Favre. They are six points above rivals Monaco and third-placed Paris St-Germain.

Line-ups

Nice

  • 30Cardinale
  • 2Souquet
  • 31Costa Santos
  • 33Sarr
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 25CyprienBooked at 63minsSubstituted forLusambaat 84'minutes
  • 24Bodmer
  • 6SeriSubstituted forKozielloat 81'minutes
  • 14Pléa
  • 9BalotelliSubstituted forEyssericat 75'minutes
  • 5Belhanda

Substitutes

  • 8Lusamba
  • 13Eysseric
  • 22Donis
  • 26Koziello
  • 28Boscagli
  • 34Burner
  • 40Benítez

Nantes

  • 1Riou
  • 15DuboisSubstituted forKwatengat 45'minutes
  • 26DjidjiBooked at 38mins
  • 3Santos Silva
  • 6Alves de LimaBooked at 31mins
  • 14Harit
  • 8ThomassonSubstituted forRongierat 78'minutes
  • 27Gillet
  • 10Bammou
  • 18StepinskiSubstituted forKacaniklicat 68'minutes
  • 9SalaBooked at 53mins

Substitutes

  • 2Aristeguieta
  • 4Vizcarrondo
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 23Thomsen
  • 25Kwateng
  • 28Rongier
  • 30Dupé
Referee:
Sébastien Moreira
Attendance:
24,418

Match Stats

Home TeamNiceAway TeamNantes
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home12
Away16
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Nice 4, Nantes 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nice 4, Nantes 1.

Ricardo Pereira (Nice) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yacine Bammou (Nantes).

Vincent Koziello (Nice) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Amine Harit (Nantes).

Attempt missed. Arnaud Lusamba (Nice) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mathieu Bodmer.

Arnaud Souquet (Nice) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emiliano Sala (Nantes).

Substitution

Substitution, Nice. Arnaud Lusamba replaces Wylan Cyprien.

Substitution

Substitution, Nice. Vincent Koziello replaces Jean Michael Seri.

Substitution

Substitution, Nantes. Valentin Rongier replaces Adrien Thomasson.

Offside, Nantes. Alexander Kacaniklic tries a through ball, but Diego Carlos is caught offside.

Foul by Jean Michael Seri (Nice).

Amine Harit (Nantes) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nice. Valentin Eysseric replaces Mario Balotelli.

Alassane Pléa (Nice) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Diego Carlos (Nantes).

Foul by Ricardo Pereira (Nice).

Yacine Bammou (Nantes) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Nice. Dante tries a through ball, but Alassane Pléa is caught offside.

Offside, Nantes. Emiliano Sala tries a through ball, but Amine Harit is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Nantes. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Mariusz Stepinski.

Goal!

Goal! Nice 4, Nantes 1. Wylan Cyprien (Nice) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ricardo Pereira.

Booking

Wylan Cyprien (Nice) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Wylan Cyprien (Nice).

Amine Harit (Nantes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Mario Balotelli (Nice) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adrien Thomasson (Nantes).

Younès Belhanda (Nice) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yacine Bammou (Nantes).

Goal!

Goal! Nice 3, Nantes 1. Alassane Pléa (Nice) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jean Michael Seri with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Nice. Conceded by Koffi Djidji.

Attempt missed. Diego Carlos (Nantes) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Lima with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Dante (Nice).

Mariusz Stepinski (Nantes) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Younès Belhanda (Nice) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Enock Kwateng (Nantes).

Foul by Alassane Pléa (Nice).

Amine Harit (Nantes) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 30th October 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nice119202481629
2Monaco1172230151523
3PSG117222071323
4Guingamp11623149520
5Rennes116231312120
6Toulouse11533159618
7Saint-Étienne114521410417
8Lyon115151815316
9Bordeaux114431312116
10Marseille113531110114
11Angers114251011-114
12Dijon113441314-113
13Metz114161121-1013
14Bastia11326810-211
15Nantes11326815-711
16Montpellier112541625-911
17Lille113171017-710
18Caen11317921-1210
19Nancy11236713-69
20Lorient11218818-107
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