Balotelli scores twice on Nice debut

The Italian striker made an instant impression at his new club, firing home a spot-kick early on in their Ligue 1 clash before heading home to make it 2-2 in the second half

Mario Balotelli took just seven minutes to open his account for new side Nice, netting a penalty to give his team the lead against Marseille before adding a second after the break.

The Italian, who left Liverpool for the Ligue 1 side over the summer, scored his first league goal for 355 days, firing past the goalkeeper who dived the right way but could not keep it out.

Premier match. Premier but. Super Marioooooooo #OGCNOM pic.twitter.com/M3hggalbTh

— OGC Nice (@ogcnice) September 11, 2016

Nice’s lead was short-lived, however, with Florian Thauvin, on loan from Newcastle, equalising for the visitors just six minutes later before a Bafétimbi Gomis spot kick put Marseille ahead.

However, Balotelli then levelled for his side, heading home from close range to make it 2-2 on 78 minutes before Cyprien made it 3-2 to secure all three points.

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