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Balotelli double helps Nice thrash Monaco

Paris: Mario Balotelli scored a brace as Monaco's record 16-match winning streak in Ligue 1 was ended with a 4-0 thumping by Nice at the Allianz Riviera on Saturday.

Balotelli's early penalty put Nice ahead, before Alassane Plea made it two in the 18th minute.

Monaco tried to apply some pressure early in the second period, but Balotelli completed a brace to put the game beyond the reach of the reigning French champions and teenage substitute Ignatius Ganago finished the rout to leave the visitors shell-shocked.

It was a vibrant display from Nice, who finished third last season, after losing three of their first four league games of the season before the international break.

"This game was great for us, it gets us back on track," said Nice coach Lucien Favre, after his side had repeated their 4-0 home win over Monaco from 12 months ago.

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