Balotelli scores again, Nice goes back top of Ligue 1

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Nice is back atop Ligue 1 – for now – as Mario Balotelli returned to the scoresheet in a 3-1 win over Guingamp.

They moved one point above Monaco and four above Paris Saint-Germain, the two of which play each other later today.

Balotelli has done well to keep himself out of the news for much of the season, and it’s translated onto the field. The 26-year-old scored his ninth goal in 11 Ligue 1 appearances this season. He’s been in and out of the lineup for various reasons, mostly injuries, but when he’s in, he’s been fantastic. Sunday’s goal stopped a short three-game goalless streak for Mario.

In league games Balotelli has scored in this season, Nice has five wins in five. Nice has lost just one game all season, a 1-0 defeat to Caen back in early November. It hasn’t been all sunshine and roses for Nice, as they’ve been dumped out of both French cup competitions in the first game, and they lost four of six games in Europa League group play, but in the French top flight, they’ve been nearly unstoppable.

Balotelli was in the news recently for alleged racial abuse he took during a game against Bastia a week ago, but otherwise, all the talk about the Italian this year has been for his fine form.