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domingo, 11 de septiembre de 2016

Mario Balotelli scores twice on Nice debut as Liverpool flop reveals Anfield move is 'the worst mistake of my life'


  • Mario Balotelli scored twice on his debut for French club Marseille
  • The Italian gave his side the lead from the spot before scoring a header
  • Balotelli was deemed surplus to requirements by Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp 
  • After the game Balotelli insisted Liverpool is 'the worst mistake of my life'
The Italian was quickly deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield by Jurgen Klopp, after he returned from a season-long loan at AC Milan and was immediately frozen out, before ultimately ending up in Ligue 1 after a string of clubs turned down the chance to sign the wild forward.
Balotelli has quickly began to repay Nice's faith, though, as his lethal finishing ability and nonchalant swagger inspired them to victory in their derby clash, before he took a swipe at Klopp, Brendan Rodgers and his overall regret following his 2014 move to Liverpool.
Mario Balotelli scored twice on his debut for French club Nice against Marseille
Mario Balotelli scored twice on his debut for French club Nice against Marseille
His first came from the spot before he equalised for his side in the second half with a header
His first came from the spot before he equalised for his side in the second half with a header
The former Liverpool striker is mobbed by his Nice team-mates after opening his account
The former Liverpool striker is mobbed by his Nice team-mates after opening his accountIt was the worst mistake of my life,' Balotelli told Canal Plus after the game. 
'Apart from the fans, who were fantastic with me, I must be honest, and the players, who I had a good rapport with, I didn't like the club.
'I had two coaches, Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp. As people they didn't make a good impression on me. I didn't get along with them.'
Balotelli coolly rolled his penalty into the corner of the net just six minutes into his debut
Balotelli coolly rolled his penalty into the corner of the net just six minutes into his debut
The former Liverpool player was in impressive form as he led his side to a 3-2 victory
The former Liverpool player was in impressive form as he led his side to a 3-2 victory
The Italian provided the spark in an entertaining game, but it was Wylan Cyprien who fired home the winner for the hosts with three minutes to go. 
On what was a big night for Balotelli, he was involved early on as he narrowly failed to connect with a through-ball to Alassane Plea before then getting close to a near-post header, but he wasn't to be denied for long.
After Jean Seri charged into the box and was shoved to the floor, there was no doubting who was going to take responsibility for the penalty. 
He did, though, spend a fair amount of time on the floor in a fast, physical contest
He did, though, spend a fair amount of time on the floor in a fast, physical contest
But his time in France has started in the best possible way, as he bids to make a fresh start
But his time in France has started in the best possible way, as he bids to make a fresh start
Despite Swansea loanee Bafetimbi Gomis's best efforts to put him off, Balotelli stepped up and calmly rolled the spot kick past Yohann Pele to open his account. 
He celebrated in trademark style, arms stretched wide as he looked into the crowd, but the lead didn't last long as Newcastle loanee Florian Thauvin fired home into the top corner to level matters for the visitors. 
Balotelli continued to threaten without ever being able to overly test Pele, as the hosts pushed for the win, but they found themselves behind with 20 minutes to go.
Wylan Cyprien scored the winner for Nice with a shot from outside the penalty area
Wylan Cyprien scored the winner for Nice with a shot from outside the penalty area
The Nice players, led by Balotelli, celebrate with the fans following their derby victory
The Nice players, led by Balotelli, celebrate with the fans following their derby victory
Bouna Sarr was bundled to the floor, with the referee pointing to the spot before Gomis stepped up and beat Yoan Cardinale. 
But, never one to be out of the limelight, Balotelli struck just a few minutes later as he headed home a well-placed cross with a powerful finish inside the six-yard box.
As Nice pushed for a winner, it was Wylan Cyprien who found it as a well-struck effort and questionable keeping from Pele ensured Balotelli got off to the perfect start. 
The Italian striker applauds the fans after an impressive start to life in the south of France
The Italian striker applauds the fans after an impressive start to life in the south of France



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