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Ligue 1 Roundup | Balotelli sees red as Nice slip up

Ligue 1 By: Jide Alaka | 22/12/2016


Alassane Plea wasted the best chances for league leaders away to Bordeaux on Wednesday as Mario Balotelli and Younes Belhanda were shown red cards in second half added time. Meanwhile, PSG and Monaco won their respective matches to cut the lead to the leaders to five and two points respectively.


Bordeaux 0-0 Nice

Lucien Favre's side dominated possession but the home side created more goal scoring chances that were fluffed. Mario Balotelli had been bloodied in the first half from the flailing arm of Jeremy Toulalan and the Italian forward had to leave the field to treat his bloodied nose. Plea had clear chances when he was one-on-one with the goalkeeper but he rushed his efforts.

Diego Rolan hit the pit with a flicked effort in the second half. Balotelli was sent off for a foul on Igor Lewczuk and Belhanda followed him down the tunnel for retaliation against Francois Kamano.


PSG 5-0 Lorient

The defending champions closed out 2016 with a thumping 5-0 win over bottom-placed Lorient – a victory that would have eased some of the pressure on PSG manager, Unai Emery.

Names like Louis van Gaal and Fabio Capello were already been mentioned as the likely replacements for the Spanish manager but there will now be a stay of execution until 2017. Edinson Cavani scored his 18th league goal of the season from the penalty spot with three other scorers and an own goal.


Monaco 2-1 Caen

Monaco returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Caen on Wednesday. Radamel Falcao scored the first goal from the penalty spot in the first half while Tiemoue Bakayoko scored the second in the second half for his second goal of the season after his first last weekend.


Other Matches

Marseille needed an injury time goal from Tottenham loanee, Clinton Njie to beat Bastia 2-1. Rudi Garcia’s side are now up to sixth on the table after their fourth win in five. Lyon are in fourth after a straight forward 2-0 win over Angers to stay fourth with 34 points and a game in hand. There were two scoreless draws and 22 goals scored in 10 matches.