Mario Balotelli was sent off for the third time this season in Ligue 1 as Nice leapfrogged Paris Saint-Germain into second place in the table after a 1-0 win at bottom club Lorient.
Balotelli, a free signing from Liverpool last summer, was shown a straight red card for dissent in the 68th minute.
From initial video replays, it seemed difficult to ascertain what Balotelli did wrong other than backing into Lorient defender Zargo Toure with his arms up as they challenged for a ball.
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Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick as Monaco thrashed Metz 5-0 to move clear again at the Ligue 1 summit.
Radamel Falcao added Monaco's other two goals as the prolific pacesetters restored their three-point advantage over Paris St Germain, who beat Bordeaux 3-0 on Friday night.
The win also extends Monaco's unbeaten run to seven games in Ligue 1, six of which have ended in victory, but the result was marred by an injury to home forward Gabriel Boschilia, who was carried off in a stretcher...
Lucas Moura came off the bench to score a stoppage-time winner as Paris Saint-Germain beat Lille 2-1 at Parc des Princes to keep the pressure on at the top of Ligue 1.
A looping header from Edinson Cavani with 20 minutes left looked to have set PSG up for victory, keeping them within striking distance of leaders Monaco.
However, Lille threatened to leave the capital with a share of the points after Nicolas de Preville equalised following a mistake by goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.
Radamel Falcao scored two second-half goals as Monaco moved three points clear in Ligue 1 with a 3-0 victory in their much-anticipated top-of-the-table derby at home to Nice.
Valere Germain's 47th-minute header put Monaco in front before Falcao doubled up with a tap-in on the hour and then his 14th goal of the campaign 10 minutes from time at the Stade Louis II Stadium.
Both goal scorers owed much to the brilliant crossing of Benjamin Mendy as Monaco put distance between themselves and their nearest...