Mario Balotelli lifts Nice to second in Ligue 1
Mario Balotelli scored his first away goals of the season as Nice won 2-1 at Lille to keep their Ligue 1 title hopes alive on Friday.
Nice, without their injured striker Alassane Plea and influential midfielder Wylan Cyprien, moved up to second on 70 points from 32 games.
Nice's Italian forward Mario Balotelli gesture after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Lille (LOSC) and Nice (OGCN) at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq, near Lille, northern France, on April 07, 2017.AFP
Monaco and PSG have two games in hand after the defending champions beat the principality team 4-1 in the League Cup final last Saturday.
Italian striker Balotelli netted his 12th and 13th league goals as Nice came from behind after Ibrahim Amadou's deflected shot put the hosts ahead on 14 minutes.
Three minutes later, Balotelli volleyed home from Valentin Eysseric's long-range pass to equalise.
It was a first for Balotelli, who had netted his 11 previous league goals at home.
The defeat left Lille in 13th place on 37 points.