Tuesday 23 October 2018

Mario Balotelli scores the winner for Nice... before being sent off for nasty challenge

Nice's Italian forward Mario Balotelli (R) reacts after receiving a red card by French referee Olivier Thual (L), during the French L1 football match between and Dijon on November 5, 2017 at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, southeastern France. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Nice's Italian forward Mario Balotelli (R) reacts after receiving a red card by French referee Olivier Thual (L), during the French L1 football match between and Dijon on November 5, 2017 at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, southeastern France. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

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Striker Mario Balotelli scored the winner and was later sent off as struggling Nice ended their four-match losing streak in Ligue 1 by beating Dijon 1-0.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool man converted a 39th-minute penalty into the bottom-right corner to claim his sixth league goal of the campaign after Alassane Plea was pulled down in the area by Jordan Marie.

Balotelli's afternoon ended on a sour note, however, as he was shown a straight red card in the closing minutes for a tackle from behind on Dijon defender Cedric Yambere.

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