Nice win again mi­nus Balotelli

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

NICE may have been with­out Mario Balotelli but they ground out a 1-0 win at Nancy yes­ter­day to go back to the top of the Ligue 1 ta­ble. With Balotelli, scorer of four goals in his first two ap­pear­ances in French foot­ball, left be­hind on the Cote d’Azur due to an ad­duc­tor prob­lem, his fel­low striker Alas­sane Plea scored the only goal of the game at the Stade Mar­cel-Pi­cot. The re­sult main­tained Nice’s un­beaten start to the French sea­son un­der new coach Lu­cien Favre and al­lowed them to end the week­end at the sum­mit af­ter Monaco briefly usurped them on Satur­day evening. Monaco had been taken apart in a 4-0 derby de­feat in Nice in mid­week but bounced back to beat Angers 2-1 in the ab­sence of Radamel Fal­cao, who was re­cov­er­ing from con­cus­sion. Nice’s vic­tory means they are a point clear of Monaco and three points clear of Toulouse, who stunned stum­bling Paris Saint-Ger­main 2-0 on Fri­day to leave the cham­pi­ons in fourth spot. “We played well in the sec­ond half, much bet­ter than in the first half when we were squeezed like lemons,” said Favre. “To have 17 points af­ter seven matches is mag­nif­i­cent. We are all happy.” Sain­tE­ti­enne came good in the sec­ond half to beat Lille 3-1 and leave their op­po­nents rooted to the foot of the ta­ble. In the late game, Mar­seille came from be­hind to beat Nantes 2-1 at the Velo­drome with Clin­ton Njie can­celling out Emil­iano Sala’s opener be­fore Bafe­timbi Gomis grabbed the win­ner from the penalty spot. – AFP


COLOGNE fans or­gan­ised a sit-down protest to block the team bus of op­po­nents RB Leipzig yes­ter­day, forc­ing the Bun­desliga match to start 15 min­utes late. Pho­to­graphs showed around 100 Cologne sup­port­ers sit­ting down on the road to the sta­dium in a protest against Leipzig which is bank-rolled by en­ergy drinks man­u­fac­turer Red Bull. The bus even­tu­ally reached the sta­dium via an al­ter­na­tive route al­though it could not en­ter the un­der­ground car park, caus­ing fur­ther prob­lems for the vis­i­tors, Ger­man me­dia said. “We had a bit of trou­ble get­ting to the sta­dium and we needed more time to pre­pare pro­fes­sion­ally for the match,” Leipzig coach Ralph Hasen­huettl told re­porters.

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