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Former Liverpool Flop Balotelli Scores Twice On Nice Debut


’s disputed new signing scored twice on his debut as the Cote d’Azur side won 3-2 over Marseille in a Mediterranean derby at the Allianz Riviera on Sunday.

Balotelli, who moved to the French club on a reported free transfer, found the back of the net from the penalty spot just seven minutes into the home game.

nice-balotelliHe added a second in the 78th minute, heading home a cross from Ricardo Pereira from close range.

They proved to be the first league goals for the 26-year-old in 355 days after two miserable years with trapped with injuries and doubts, with his last coming during his loan spell with .

Florian Thauvin, on loan from Newcastle, equalized for Marseille on 14 minutes before ex-Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis put the visitors in front with a spot-kick in the 73rd minute.

Just three minutes from time, Wylan Cyprien scored a superb long-range winner to help Nice roar back and snatch all three points after Balotelli’s second goal.

mario-balotelli-niceWith the victory, Nice move up to the second place on table, behind leaders Monaco on goal difference.

In the other top-flight games on Sunday, Metz romped to a 3-0 win at Nantes to maintain their impressive start to the season, thanks to Mevlut Erding’s hat trick, while Rennes beat Caen 2-0 at home.

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