Mario Balotelli joins fans in a bar to watch Nice progress in Champions League

ShareClose Comments
The Italian striker was forced to sit out a tense qualifying contest through injury, but he took in the action surrounded by jubilant supporters

Mario Balotelli may have been forced to sit out Nice’s Champions League qualifier with Ajax, but the Italian striker joined fans in a bar to take in the action.

A tense evening in Amsterdam saw last season’s surprise package in Ligue 1 book their place in the play-off round on away goals.

dabblebet: Get the latest UCL odds

A 2-2 draw on Dutch soil, following a 1-1 stalemate in France, saw Nice through.

Balotelli made the trip to Holland despite nursing an injury, but rather than make his way to the stadium, the enigmatic Italian opted to mingle with jubilant supporters in the city centre.

Balotelli’s presence was well received by the Nice supporters, who chanted “Super Mario” at him throughout.

The 26-year-old clearly enjoyed the attention, and the action on the field, as he can be seen beaming in the video above.

Article continues below

WATCH: Balotelli's dizzy penalty fail

He saw Vincent Marcel grab a 79th-minute equaliser for Nice to edge them a step closer to the Champions League group stage.

Balotelli will be hoping to play a leading role in their play-off tie, especially as Nice could be paired with his employers at Liverpool in Friday’s draw – with Sevilla, Napoli, CSKA Moscow and Sporting Lisbon other possible opponents.

Next article:
African giants require victories as Caf Champions League returns
Next article:
Ronaldo trading Real Madrid for Juventus in an effort to remain motivated - Kaka
Next article:
Neymar, Sampaoli's Argentina & the biggest disappointments of World Cup 2018
Next article:
Goal Premier League Fantasy Football: How to play, prizes and new rules for the 2018-19 season
Next article:
Which teams could still get relegated from the Super League
Close