Double pack of Balotelli: Nice stops RB opponent Monaco
The triumphal march of Master AS Monaco is abruptly stopped. Nice gives the defending champion a smack, in which Mario Balotelli plays a major role. OGC Nice stopped the triumphant march of defending champions AS Monaco in the French championship on the fifth matchday, with former Bundesliga coach Lucien Favre’s side beating Monegasque 4-0 (2-0) in the end. The goals in the derby for the Favre team were scored by the Italian European Championship hero of 2012, Mario Balotelli (6th, penalty kick/61st), Alessane Plea (18th) and Igniatius Ganago (85th), with the leading position in the standings coming from Paris St. Germain with 15 points. Monaco has 12 points in the account. On Wednesday, Nice will play in the first group match of the Champions League against Bundesliga club RB Leipzig, and on Friday evening, PSG celebrated their fifth victory in the fifth game at the debut of the next million newcomer Kylian Mbappé. Paris prevailed 5-1 (1-1) with world champion Julian Draxler in the start of Metz FC, Edinson Cavani (31st) leading the favourites, but Emmanuel Rivière (37th) equalled for the hosts. After a relegation against Benoît Assou-Ekotto (56th) the guests got into a good mood and Mbappe with his premiere goal (59th), Neymar (69th), Cavani (75th) and Lucas (87th) ensured the clear success. Draxler played through, national goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was only on the bench at PSG.