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Mario Balotelli sets personal record

Ligue 1 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 03/04/2017

Mario Balotelli scored, assisted and set a new personal record for ball touches in a Nice shirt during Sunday’s 2-1 win against Bordeaux.

Liverpool loanee Balotelli managed 54 touches in 90 minutes, his best statistic in a Nice shirt, and he has banged his 11 goals in the Ligue 1 campaign so far, although of them have come on home ground.

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The 26-year-old performance was marred by getting to referre book at the final stage of the game, which rule him out of their next encounter against Nancy on April 15.

Gazzetta dello Sport described the Italian’s contributions as “a suggestion of greater involvement, both in attack and defense”.

The result allowed Nice to move just a point behind second-placed Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 and within four of leaders Monaco, although both sides possess a game in hand over the southern French outfit.