Mario Balotelli sees red as Nice beat Lorient to go second

Balotelli sees red as Nice beat Lorient to go second
By Reuters

18/02/2017 at 22:10Updated 18/02/2017 at 22:48

Mario Balotelli was sent off as Nice moved up to second in Ligue 1 after Wylan Cyprien's first-half goal earned them a 1-0 win at bottom side Lorient on Saturday.

Italian striker Balotelli picked up a straight red card when he argued with referee Tony Chapron in the 68th minute but Nice held firm to secure victory thanks to Cyprien's 15th-minute effort.

Nice have 56 points from 26 games, three behind leaders Monaco who were held to a 1-1 draw at Bastia on Friday.

French champions Paris St Germain will reclaim second place and move within one point of Monaco if they beat Toulouse at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.

Cyprien put Nice ahead with a fine right-footed effort from the visitors' first clear chance.

The hosts went close 10 minutes into the second half but Nice keeper Yoan Cardinale denied Zargo Toure and Francois Bellugou in quick succession.

The defeat left Lorient with 22 points, five from safety.