Balotelli scores a brace as Nice outclass Monaco
Nice 4 (Balotelli 6’, 60’, Plea 18’, Gagano 85’) – 0 Monaco
Defending Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco suffered their second defeat of the season, when they faced off against the league’s eighth place team OGC Nice in the Cote d’Azur derby.
Nice absolutely humiliated the champions by scoring four goals past them, in a match which was almost one sided.
The scoring began when Italian striker, Mario Balotelli was taken down by Djibril Sidibe inside the box as Nice was awarded a spot kick, the Nice number nine himself stepped up to take the spot kick and scored to give his team the lead.
Monaco’s best chance in the half came via Joao Moutinho, whose left footed shot went wide past the goal.
Nice’s lead was doubled in the 18th minute when Alassane Plea received a fine through ball from Allan Saint Maximin, Plea then ran down the left flank and thumped the ball past two Monaco defenders and the goalkeeper to make the score 2-0.
The half ended with Nice leading 2-0.
The second half began and by the hour mark, Nice had tripled their lead when Arnaud Souquet crossed the ball from the right side, the cross was met by Mario Balotelli who tapped in the ball from a relatively close distance to complete his brace and give Nice a 3-0 lead.
Monaco players Kamil Glik, Carillo and Sidibe came close to scoring, with Glik and Carillo missing close range headers in the space of a minute and Sidibe fired a shot straight at the Nice keeper.
The final goal came from Ignatius Ganago who was one on one with the keeper after a pass from Pierre Lees-Melou, Ganago kept his composure and scored the fourth goal for Nice.
With this win Nice move onto six points, meanwhile Monaco stay in second place with 12 points on board and three behind leaders PSG.