VIDEO: Nice 2 – 1 Lorient [Ligue 1] Highlights 2016/17
The Italian was controversially dismissed in the closing stages as Lucien Favre’s side regained top spot in Le Championnat and now faces a one-game ban
Mario Balotelli had a bittersweet afternoon at the Allianz Riviera, where he scored a stunning winning goal to put Nice top of Ligue 1 but was later dismissed in the 2-1 win over Lorient.
The Italy international, who was overlooked for a recall to the Azzurri this weekend despite his excellent form in France, shot brilliantly into the top corner with a curling shot from the edge of the box with four minutes to restore his side’s advantage after Benjamin Moukandjo cancelled out Ricardo Pereira’s opener.
Balotelli, however, was booked for his celebration as he removed his shirt following what proved the game’s decisive moment.