SI Staff
Thursday September 29th, 2016

Mario Balotelli has played in four games for his new club, Nice, and he's scored in three of them.

The latest goal came in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, helping slice Nice's deficit against Krasnodar at the time to 2-1 in an eventual 5-2 loss. Balotelli, who has recorded braces in the two Ligue 1 matches he's played so far, struck in the 42nd minute in Russia. He laced a right-footed shot from the edge of the area after a layoff from Malang Sarr, scoring his first goal in European competition since February 2015, when he scored for Liverpool in the Europa League.

Nice is grouped with Krasnodar, Schalke and Salzburg. 

The Ligue 1 side fell to Schalke 1-0 in the group opener and faces an uphill climb to reach the knockout stage after the latest defeat.

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