Football bad boy Balotelli scores on his debut for new club

Ligue 1 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 26/01/2019

Football bad boy Mario Balotelli scored on his debut for his new club Olympique Marseille in the 2-1 home defeat to Lille on Friday night.

The 28-year-old Italy international joined Marseille from Nice on a free transfer on Wednesday and appeared as a 74th-minute substitute, but his injury-time consolation came after Arsenal transfer target Nicolas Pepe struck either side of half-time in the Ligue 1 encounter at the Stade Velodrome.

Former Newcastle midfielder Florian Thauvin was dismissed for the hosts in the second half for two bookable offences.

Marseille have won only once since late November and in that time have been eliminated from three cup competitions and dropped to seventh in the league.

Balotelli had made 10 Ligue 1 appearances for Nice this season without finding the net before his winter transfer move to 1993 Champions League winners.