Nice moved six points clear at the top of Ligue 1 thanks to a convincing 4-1 winagainst Nantes.
A Wylian Cyprien brace, partnered with goals from Mario Balotelli and Alassane Plea, secured a sixth straight Ligue 1 victory for Les Aiglons, handing them a commanding lead at the summit of French football.
The league leaders began on the front and opened the scoring inside 10 minutes when a bustling run through the middle from Balotelli ended with the ball breaking kindly for Cyprien to roll the ball into an empty net for his second goal in as many games.
Balotelli went one better just before the half-hour mark, superbly beating the offside trap from Jean Michael Seri’s pass, before finishing easily for his sixth goal in five Ligue 1 games.
Shortly after the restart, Les Canaris clawed their way back into the game when Mathieu Bodmer was dispossessed on the edge of the area but Emiliano Sala was on hand to fire beyond Yoan Cardinale.
Plea then headed Seri’s corner beyond Remi Riou to restore the hosts’ two-goal cushion on the hour mark. And the three points were as good as wrapped up with more than 20 minutes still left to play when Balotelli and Ricardo combined to set up Cyprien for his second of the game with a powerful and clinical finish.
Marseille and Bordeaux drew 0-0 at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday evening.
OM had the better of the chances, with double the number of efforts on goal, but Rudi Garcia’s side had to settle for a second successive goalless draw.
The hosts had 12 efforts, three of them finding the target, but could not claim a third win in five Ligue 1 games.
Bordeaux kept a fourth clean sheet in 11 games this season and the Girondins next play Lorient.
OM are next in action at Montpellier.
Rennes extended their unbeaten Ligue 1 run to five games with a 1-0 win overMetz on Sunday.
Wesley Said’s goal 11 minutes into the second half saw the hosts claim a fourth win in the last five games and complete an unbeaten October.
Rennes are now fifth in the table, nine points behind leaders Nice and three behind second-placed Monaco.
Metz, by comparison, have lost four straight Ligue 1 games, conceding 13 goals in the process.
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Culled from ESPNFC