Ligue 1 results – Nice suffer second straight defeat; Depay and Mariano on target as Lyon record second win

Nice 1-2 Troyes

Rennes 1-2 Lyon

  • Rennes 1-2 Lyon

Lyon held on to win their second match in as many tries in Ligue 1 this season with a 2-1 victory at Rennes.

Bruno Genesio’s side struck twice in the second half through Memphis Depay and Mariano to open up a 2-0 lead and survived an anxious finale after Benjamin Bourigeaud’s late free kick reduced the deficit.

Former Manchester United forward Depay struck direct from a free kick to break the deadlock for Lyon soon after the break and striker Mariano notched his third goal in two games when he headed home their second in the 74th minute.

  • Nice 1-2 Troyes

Saif-Eddine Khaoui’s late winner sank Nice as newly promoted Troyes secured a shock 2-1 win against the Champions League hopefuls.

Tunisian midfielder Khaoui struck the decisive goal in the 85th minute after Alassane Plea’s second-half penalty appeared to have rescued a point for Nice by cancelling out Adama Niane’s brilliant strike for the visitors.

Nice, who travel to Napoli on Tuesday for the first leg of their Champions League second-round qualifying tie, are left waiting for their first league points after last week’s opening-day defeat at St Etienne.

Troyes, who drew their opening game last week at home against Rennes, took the lead in style through Niane’s thunderbolt eight minutes into the second period.

Plea equalised from the spot 10 minutes later after Oswaldo Vizcarrondo’s foul on Pierre Lees-Melou, but Khaoui steered home the winner after being set up by Niane.

Former Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder join Ligue 1 side Nice

Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder has joined French Ligue 1 side Nice on a free transfer.

The 33-year had agreed a contract in principle to move to Ligue 1 having been released by Galatasaray by mutual consent and with the deal confirmed on Monday afternoon, the midfielder will be reunited with Mario Balotelli, with whom he won the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010.

Sneijder, who also confirmed the move by stating “Bonjour Nice” in a video on the Ligue 1 side’s Twitter account.

The former Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan has signed a one-year deal, the club said.

“It’s now official. OGC Nice’s 2017-18 squad now has a third UEFA Champions League winner in it,” a statement on the club’s website said. “After Dante and Mario Balotelli, former European champion Wesley Sneijder will also wear the red-and-black shirt this season after passing a medical on Monday.”

Sneijder, who trained with his new team-mates on Monday, will wear No 10 after Mickaël Le Bihan agreed to pass on the shirt number to the new signing.

“He also knows which shirt he’ll be wearing this season. Mika Le Bihan respectfully agreed to ‘give up’ the number 10 he had been wearing it to present it to the new arrival in the dressing room,” the statement added.

Galatasaray paid £8.4m for Sneijder after he made over 100 appearances for Inter, who bought him from Real Madrid for £12.6m in 2009.

He started his career at Ajax before switching to Real in in 2007.

Sneijder played in the 2010 World Cup final for the Netherlands and has won league titles in four countries.

He is the most-capped player in his country’s history, was with Galatasaray for five seasons, where he scored 45 goals in 174 appearances following a 2013 move from Inter.

Nice, who lost their opening Ligue 1 game of the season 1-0 to St Etienne at the weekend, are through to the Champions League playoff round, where they face Napoli for a place in the group stage of the competition.

Mario Balotelli  sign new contract with French club Nice

Mario Balotelli has signed a one-year contract extension at Nice that keeps him at the club next season.

Nice announced the news on the team’s website on Sunday with a photo of Balotelli signing his contract alongside president Jean-Pierre Rivere and general manager Julien Fournier.

The club credited the 26-year-old for not prioritising the financial aspect of the deal, saying: “We are proud to have convinced the superstar to join us last year and to have seen him flourish on and off the field.
“The Italian international has made considerable financial efforts to continue the Nice adventure, as he always intended during this off-season, favouring the sporting aspect and the choice of his heart.

“Today we are happy. Welcome to you, Super Mario.”

Balotelli shared his club’s sentiments, adding on Instagram: “Anyone happy? I am.”
The former Liverpool and Manchester City striker enjoyed an excellent debut season in French football, scoring 17 goals in 28 appearances.

Nice ended the campaign third in Ligue 1, their highest finish since 1976, securing a place in qualifying for next season’s Champions League.