French Ligue 1
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Nice 2-1 Dijon

Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli has scored eight goals in eight Ligue 1 appearances for Nice

Mario Balotelli scored twice to send Nice four points clear at the top of Ligue 1 - as they beat Dijon while Monaco lost 3-1 at home to Lyon.

The former Liverpool striker converted a 32nd-minute penalty after Alassane Plea was brought down.

Julian Tavares equalised from the spot for the visitors before half-time, but Balotelli turned in Arnaud Souquet's cross soon after the interval.

Dijon had captain Cedric Varrault sent off late on.

Lyon climbed to fourth with victory at Stade Louis II, going ahead through Rachid Ghezzal's goal before Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy was sent off for kicking out at Corentin Tolisso.

Anthony Lacazatte then saw a weak penalty for the visitors saved by keeper Danijel Subasic, but they went 2-0 up when Ghezzal set up Mathieu Valbuena.

Tiemoue Bakayoko pulled a goal back for the 10 men with a deflected shot, but Lacazette sealed Lyon's victory with three minutes left with a turn and volley after Subasic had palmed out a corner.

Line-ups

Nice

  • 30Cardinale
  • 2SouquetBooked at 36mins
  • 31Costa Santos
  • 20Le Marchand
  • 32Sarr
  • 6SeriSubstituted forKozielloat 78'minutes
  • 25Cyprien
  • 18Walter
  • 14Pléa
  • 9Balotelli
  • 5Belhanda

Substitutes

  • 8Lusamba
  • 15Burner
  • 22Donis
  • 24Bodmer
  • 26Koziello
  • 33Marcel
  • 40Benítez

Dijon

  • 30Reynet
  • 26Chafik
  • 2LangSubstituted forBelaat 81'minutes
  • 27VarraultBooked at 88mins
  • 21AbdelhamidBooked at 31mins
  • 23RüfliBooked at 41mins
  • 8Lees-MelouSubstituted forSammaritanoat 75'minutesSubstituted forRiviereat 89'minutes
  • 17Abeid
  • 22GastienBooked at 84mins
  • 9Diony
  • 11Tavares

Substitutes

  • 1Leroy
  • 4Loties
  • 7Riviere
  • 10Bela
  • 18Sammaritano
  • 20Amalfitano
  • 25Bouka Moutou
Referee:
Benoit Millot
Attendance:
29,229

Match Stats

Home TeamNiceAway TeamDijon
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Nice 2, Dijon 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nice 2, Dijon 1.

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

Foul by Yohann Riviere (Dijon).

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

Foul by Yohann Riviere (Dijon).

Foul by Vincent Koziello (Nice).

Jeremie Bela (Dijon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Yohann Riviere (Dijon).

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Nice).

Vincent Rüfli (Dijon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Dijon. Yohann Riviere replaces Frederic Sammaritano.

Dismissal

Cedric Varrault (Dijon) is shown the red card.

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

Foul by Cedric Varrault (Dijon).

Foul by Remi Walter (Nice).

Yunis Abdelhamid (Dijon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Alassane Pléa (Nice) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Remi Walter.

Foul by Malang Sarr (Nice).

Jeremie Bela (Dijon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Johan Gastien (Dijon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Johan Gastien (Dijon).

Substitution

Substitution, Dijon. Jeremie Bela replaces Ádám Lang.

Attempt missed. Vincent Rüfli (Dijon) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Frederic Sammaritano.

Foul by Remi Walter (Nice).

Mehdi Abeid (Dijon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nice. Vincent Koziello replaces Jean Michael Seri.

Attempt missed. Frederic Sammaritano (Dijon) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Vincent Rüfli.

Corner, Dijon. Conceded by Maxime Le Marchand.

Substitution

Substitution, Dijon. Frederic Sammaritano replaces Pierre Lees-Melou.

Attempt missed. Cedric Varrault (Dijon) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mehdi Abeid with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Maxime Le Marchand (Nice).

Lois Diony (Dijon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Vincent Rüfli (Dijon).

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Nice).

Mehdi Abeid (Dijon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Nice) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Wylan Cyprien.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 18th December 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nice18134134132143
2Monaco18123354193539
3PSG18113433151836
4Lyon17101632191331
5Guingamp188552317629
6Marseille187652018227
7Rennes188371922-327
8Toulouse187562219326
9Saint-Étienne186751816225
10Bordeaux186662026-624
11Montpellier185762830-222
12Bastia185581621-520
13Lille1862101724-720
14Nancy185581523-820
15Angers185491522-719
16Caen175391930-1118
17Metz175391634-1818
18Dijon183782429-516
19Nantes174491126-1516
20Lorient1843112033-1315
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