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Nice stay in title contention with Bordeaux win

Nice stay in title contention with Bordeaux win
By Reuters

03/04/2017 at 05:09Updated 03/04/2017 at 05:19

Nice striker Mario Balotelli scored one goal and set up another as they fought back to maintain their title hopes with a 2-1 home win against Girondins de Bordeaux on Sunday.

Nice fell behind early on but recovered with a Balotelli penalty and Valentin Eysseric strike as remained third in the table with 67 points from 31 games.

They trail leaders Monaco by four points and second-placed Paris St Germain by one, though both of those clubs have a game in hand after they played in the League Cup final on Saturday.

Gaetan Laborde opened the scoring for the visitors in the ninth minute with a low cross-shot but Nice reacted swiftly.

Nice's Italian forward Mario Balotelli (R) is congratulated by his teammate after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Nice (OGCN) vs Bordeaux (GDB) on April 2, 2017 at the "Allianz Riviera" stadium in Nice, southeastern France.

Nice's Italian forward Mario Balotelli (R) is congratulated by his teammate after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Nice (OGCN) vs Bordeaux (GDB) on April 2, 2017 at the "Allianz Riviera" stadium in Nice, southeastern France.AFP

Italian Balotelli converted his spot kick in the 16th minute after Arnaud Souquet was fouled by Jeremy Toulalan.

Balotelli then set up Eysseric who whipped a fine shot past Cedric Carrasso to put the hosts ahead in the 27th.

Olympique Lyonnais stayed fourth on 51 points after being held to a 1-1 draw at Stade Rennais.

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