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FRENCH LIGUE 1

2017/2018 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
14 Rennes 0 1 1 1
15 Nice 0 0 2 0
16 Caen 0 0 2 0
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NiceNice
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Leg 2Aggregate: 3 - 3Nice wins on Away Goals
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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Napoli beat Nice in UCL playoff first leg; Celtic thrash Astana, Sevilla win

Goals from Dries Mertens and Jorginho helped hosts Napoli take a 2-0 first-leg lead over Nice.

Goals from Dries Mertens and Jorginho were enough to earn Napoli a 2-0 win against Nice in their Champions League qualifying play-off first leg.

Mertens rounded Nice goalkeeper Yoann Cardinale after racing on to a ball over the top to fire into an empty net in the 13th minute.

And Christophe Jallet then fouled Belgium international Mertens in the 70th minute to concede a penalty, which Jorginho scored to seal the win.

Nice were not helped by the absence of Mario Balotelli, who is injured, and new...

 By Ben Gladwell

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri calls on team to show they belong in UCL

Nice manager Lucien Favre explains the club's decision to rest Wesley Sneijder and Mario Balotelli against Napoli in the UCL.

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has called on his club to do the city proud and prove they belong in the Champions League by beating Nice to reach the group stage.

The Azzurri face Nice, who will be without Mario Balotelli for Wednesday night's clash at the Stadio San Paolo due to injury, for a place in the lucrative group stage of European football's elite competition.

It is a game which could make or break Napoli's season before the first round of Serie A matches are played next weekend, and Sarri...

 By Ian Holyman

Mario Balotelli, Wesley Sneijder out for Nice UCL playoff trip to Napoli

Nice advanced to the Champions League playoff round on away goals after drawing with Ajax in the qualifier second leg.
Nice have started the Ligue 1 campaign with back to back defeats after a 2-1 home loss to newly promoted Troyes.

Nice will be without Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder for Wednesday's UEFA Champions League playoff first leg at Napoli.

Balotelli has not featured for last season's Ligue 1 third-placed finishers since damaging a hamstring in the first leg of Nice's third qualifying round tie against Ajax.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker underwent a fitness test on Monday, but other than some light work with one of the club's fitness coaches, the Italy international was not able to train normally.

Sneijder's...