AT NICE

Paris ti­tle hopes dented af­ter de­feat and two red cards

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PARIS one back.

Anas­ta­sios Do­nis scored Nice’s third in the 90th minute, in be­tween red cards for Thi­ago Motta and An­gel Di Maria.

Tem­pers had flared sev­eral times be­fore that, with PSG for­ward Edin­son Ca­vani in the thick of the trou­ble.

Nice went ahead in the 26th minute af­ter Ri­cardo Pereira broke out of his half and charged down the right.

He seemed to have run into a dead end but turned back and laid the ball off to Balotelli, who held off Marco Ver­ratti and curled a low shot un­der Kevin Trapp’s hands and into the cor­ner from 20 me­tres for his 14th goal of the sea­son.

Shortly af­ter­wards, there was a flare-up when Paul Bay­see and Ca­vani tan­gled in the Nice penalty area but the ref­eree let the feud­ing pair off with a warn­ing.

Nice ex­tended their lead three min­utes af­ter half­time, Pereira cut­ting in­side and curl­ing the ball past Trapp af­ter You­nis Bel­handa had led a quick counter-at­tack.

That was fol­lowed by more trou­ble, firstly when Ca­vani pushed Nice coach Lu­cien Favre out of the way to re­trieve the ball and then when Balotelli an­gered Blaise Ma­tu­idi

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