The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

TA­BLE-TOP­PERS Nice suf­fered their first Ligue 1 de­feat of the sea­son yes­ter­day when they went down 1-0 after a hotly dis­puted penalty at Caen. The south­ern side still top Ligue 1 with 29 points ahead of Monaco on 26 while cham­pi­ons Paris Saint Ger­main are third, also on 26 points after a 4-0 home win over Rennes. Nice have sur­pris­ingly set the pace in France this sea­son un­der new coach Lu­cien Favre and with added zest in front of goal in­spired by Ital­ian cen­tre for­ward Mario Balotelli. But after a tough de­feat in the Europa League in mid­week and an away match at the very op­po­site end of France at Caen they suf­fered their first league re­verse. The goal came from the penalty spot and was con­verted by the Croat Ivan San­tini after the ref­eree de­cided Ronny Rodelin had been fouled in the area on 42 min­utes. “We con­ceded just be­fore the break and that’s never good. We should have gone in 0-0,” lamented Favre. “And then we tried to do it all too quickly. We had a cou­ple of chances and that’s all you should nor­mally need.”

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