French Ligue 1
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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

  • 30Cardinale
  • 4Baysse
  • 31Dante
  • 33SarrBooked at 59mins
  • 21Barbosa 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

  • 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

Match ends, Nice 2, Lorient 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nice 2, Lorient 1.

Foul by Younès Belhanda (Nice).

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

Corner, Nice. Conceded by Steven Moreira.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Mario Balotelli (Nice).

Booking

Steven Moreira (Lorient) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Walid Mesloub (Lorient).

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

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

Foul by Issam Ben Khemis (Lorient).

Booking

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

Foul by Valentin Eysseric (Nice).

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

Booking

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

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.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Cafú (Lorient).

Substitution

Substitution, Lorient. Issam Ben Khemis replaces Arnold Mvuemba.

Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Nice) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Mohamed Mara (Lorient).

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

Foul by Majeed Waris (Lorient).

Attempt missed. Valentin Eysseric (Nice) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ricardo Pereira with a cross.

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

Foul by Michael Ciani (Lorient).

Corner, Lorient. Conceded by Dante.

Attempt blocked. Jimmy Cabot (Lorient) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Cafú.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Nice. Alassane Pléa replaces Mathieu Bodmer.

Attempt missed. Zargo Toure (Lorient) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Cafú.

Offside, Nice. Valentin Eysseric tries a through ball, but Mario Balotelli is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Walid Mesloub (Lorient) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jimmy Cabot.

Attempt blocked. Majeed Waris (Lorient) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Ciani.

Corner, Lorient. Conceded by Jean Michael Seri.

Substitution

Substitution, Lorient. Majeed Waris replaces Benjamin Moukandjo.

Foul by Mathieu Bodmer (Nice).

goal

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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