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Nice v PSG Live Commentary, 30/04/2017

3 - 1
M. Balotelli (26)
Ricardo Pereira (48)
A. Donis (90+2)
Marquinhos (64)
Allianz Riviera


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Nice will have ambitions of passing PSG in second place now, although they can still mathematically beat out Monaco for the crown. However, Leonardo Jardim's men look all but certain to claim the title now.
Unai Emery's men got back into the game through Marquinhos, but they couldn't find another way through the Nice backline. Frustration built and as a result Thiago Motta and Angel di Maria lost their heads late in the game, with both men being dismissed for violent conduct.
Nice all but end Paris Saint-Germain's title hopes this evening as goals from Mario Balotelli, Ricardo Pereira and Anastasios Donis secure the win. 
The referee ends the contest.
Á. Di María
Red Card
OFF! Madness from Di Maria as he scythes Souquet down on the flank and receives a straight red. It's an awful high challenge as frustration gets the better of the Argentine.
A. Donis
GOALLLL!!!!! DONIS SECURES THE WIN! Nice will wrap up the three points this evening as Pereira's cross to the back post is deflected into the path of Donis and he makes no mistake, sending the ball into the net from close range.
T. Motta
Red Card
OFF! Motta sends Baysse tumbling to the deck in the box at the free-kick. The assistant referee is the official that spots the incident and the referee is alerted. He brings play back to dismiss the PSG midfielder.
Pereira jumps at the front of the Nice defensive line to clear the danger and the home side break on the counter.
PSG win a free-kick 40 yards from goal on the left flank. Di Maria will whip the ball into the box. What can the Argentine produce?
Cavani collects Di Maria's low pass into the box and he tries to turn Baysse, but the Nice skipper makes a vital intervention to quell the opening. 
Meunier makes a rare mistake on the right flank as he allows the ball to travel under his foot and out for a throw-in. Emery's men are running out of time to force an equaliser.
CHANCE! Di Maria whips the ball into the box and Cavani's header finds its way to Lucas at the back stick. He pulls the trigger on a half-volley, but he pulls his effort wide of the post.
M. Obbadi
V. Koziello
Obaddi replaces Koziello for the home side.
WIDE! Dalbert makes an important headed clearance at the back post to keep the ball away from Lucas. Meunier gathers the loose ball and goes for the strike, only to blast his effort well wide.
It's all hands on deck for the home side at the back now. PSG are throwing everyone forward as they have to in their bid for the title. A draw is probably not good enough for Emery's men this evening.
Di Maria is causing havoc with his corners with Thiago Silva seemingly having the freedom of the Nice area. This time the PSG skipper does not get a clean connection on his header, while Matuidi's effort on the follow-up is blocked.
M. Le Bihan
M. Balotelli
Balotelli is done for the day as he is replaced by Le Bihan up front.
Lucas Moura
J. Draxler
Lucas replaces Draxler for the visitors.
Di Maria has the legs on Dante down the right flank and he lifts the ball into the box looking for Cavani's run. Baysse holds off the striker while he waits for Cardinale to come forward to punch clear. The keeper does, but the referee awards a free-kick against PSG anyway.
A. Donis
V. Eysseric
Eysseric makes way due to injury and is replaced by Donis.
OFF THE LINE! Draxler curls a cross into the box from the right and Thiago Silva heads the ball down towards the net, but Cardinale comes up with a big save to push the ball off the line. Motta tries to smash home the rebound, but Dante makes an important block.
Nice are temporarily down to 10 men as Essyeric goes off to receive treatment. PSG pile men forward aiming to capitalise on the situation.
WIDE! Cavani latches on to Di Maria's cross after making a clever run across Dante, only to head his effort well wide of the target.
SAVE! Di Maria swings another dangerous cross into the box, but the home side clear their lines. Meunier collects and shoots first time on the volley on the edge of the box. His effort has power and comes through a crowd, but Cardinale gets down well to make the stop.
Nice are slowly being pushed back towards the edge of their own box. They need an out ball from somewhere to alleviate the pressure on their backline.
PSG are beginning to exert control over the contest. They're dominating possession now and are attempting to pull the home side out of their defensive shape.
A. Rabiot
S. Aurier
Aurier makes way for Rabiot for the visitors. An attacking change from Emery.
Thiago Silva
Thiago Silva rises highest in the box to head Di Maria's corner towards goal. His effort may have gone in anyway, but Marquinhos gives it a flick to ensure that it travels into the net.
GOALLLL!!! PSG ARE BACK IN IT! Di Maria produces a quality cross from the left and Thiago Silva attacks the ball on the penalty spot. His header travels towards goal, but Marquinhos gives it another flick to steer it past Seri on the post. A lifeline for the visitors.
PSG win another corner this time down the left flank. What can Di Maria produce from this angle?
CLOSE! Seri almost catches Trapp off guard on his line as he swings the ball towards goal from the left flank. The keeper punches clear, but the home side's attack ends anyway with a foul on Aurier.
No surprise that Balotelli is caught in the middle of an argument, but the referee has now pleaded with captains Thiago Silva and Baysse to bring their respective teams under control.
Balotelli has a showboat or two down the left flank as he attempts to beat Meunier. Matuidi takes exception to his tactics and charges into the back of the striker. The referee awards a free-kick to the home side, but tempers are still flaring.
E. Cavani
Yellow Card
Cavani is booked for his part in the melee.
J. Draxler
Yellow Card
Draxler goes into the book for the challenge on Belhanda.
DRAMA! Draxler slides in hard on Belhanda as he leads a counter down the left. The ferocity of the challenge causes a melee between the teams, which the referee eventually brings under control.
CHANCE! Di Maria produces quality from a set-piece on this occasion as he whips the ball to the near post. Cavani rises to head at goal, but Cardinale makes a fine reaction stop to beat the ball away.
Di Maria tries to thread the ball through to Cavani in the box, but the ball takes a deflection. Baysse shields off the forward as he waits for his keeper, who takes his time, but eventually slides to gather.
PSG win a corner down the right and Di Maria takes the resulting set-piece. However, he swings his delivery too close to Cardinale, who punches the ball clear with two strong fists.
It's an important stage of the game for the visitors. Their title hopes hang in the balance, with a defeat putting Monaco in an extremely strong position.
T. Meunier
Yellow Card
Meunier goes into the book for a loose challenge on Balotelli.
OFFSIDE! Di Maria breaks through the Nice defensive line and hammers an effort at goal on the half-volley. Cardinale makes the save, but it would not have counted anyway as a late flag went up for offside.
Y. Belhanda
Belhanda leads the counter upfield before reclaiming possession on the edge of the box to tee up Pereira for his super strike.
Ricardo Pereira
GOALLLLLL!!!!! PEREIRA DOUBLES NICE'S LEAD! The winger scores a stunner from the edge of the box as he cuts inside on his left foot before rifling an effort beyond the reach of Trapp and into the net with the aid of the post. Belhanda played a huge role in the goal, leading the counter before teeing up Pereira for the strike.
PSG start the second half on the front foot, with Meunier raiding forward with promise down the right, although his cross is blocked by Dalbert.
T. Meunier
Meunier replaces Maxwell for the visitors, which will see Aurier switch to left-back.
We're back underway in this Ligue 1 clash.
Unai Emery's men have been off the boil this evening, especially in the final third. They've had a couple of half chances, but other than that have been extremely poor, with Edinson Cavani, Julian Draxler and Angel di Maria all far from their best.
Mario Balotelli's strike has put Nice ahead at the break, with the Italian displaying deadly composure in front of goal to bury his left-footed strike into the bottom corner. The home side have played fairly well, although that was the only clear-cut opening they created.
The referee ends the first half.
BLOCK AND OVER! The visitors probe on the edge of the box, with Verratti taking on the first strike, but his effort is blocked by Baysse. Motta pounces on the rebound, only to blast his strike well over the bar. A waste from the midfielder.
PSG break with menace in the final third, but the pass from Cavani to Aurier down the right flank is overhit and goes out for a goal-kick. He's not having the best of games the Uruguayan.
J. Seri
Yellow Card
Nice's attack comes to nothing and as Seri tries to press - he goes in too hard on Verratti and goes into the book.
Di Maria tries to force the ball into Cavani's feet on the edge of the box, but Dante gets ahead of the forward and clears the danger, allowing Nice to break.
CHANCE! Souquet collects Essyeric's pass in the final third and he takes a decent first touch to open up space for a strike on his left foot. However, Thiago Silva makes a vital challenge to stop the strike, sending the ball behind for a corner.
The home side are playing the ball around at the back again and Motta seizes on a loose pass, but as Draxler and Maxwell attempt to combine Baysse manages to guide the ball out for a goal-kick.
Nice are controlling proceedings at the moment, with their backline doing a fine job of keeping Cavani, Draxler and Di Maria in check in the final third.
WIDE! Di Maria tries a strike out of nowhere from 35 yards and Cardinale scrambles across his line, but the ball curls past the post. A decent effort from that distance from the Argentine.
Eysseric finds Pereira in space down the right, but the winger chooses the wrong option as he floats his cross rather than whipping into the box with power for Balotelli's run. 
Thiago Silva goes in hard on Balotelli and the referee awards a free-kick. A lot of meaty challenges flying around in this contest.
DRAMA! Cavani and Baysse have a coming together in the box, with the home fans begging for the Uruguayan's dismissal. However, the referee acts sensibly and has a word with both players before allowing the action to restart.
The visitors raid in response as Draxler approaches the edge of the box. He tries to link up with Cavani, but the ball is deflected into the path of Di Maria. The Argentine strikes at goal, only to place his volley over the bar.
M. Balotelli
GOALLLLLl!!!! BALOTELLI STRIKES! The Italian fires the home side into the lead with a crisp left-footed drive into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Pereira created the opener with a great run down the right before teeing up Balotelli, who provided the sublime finish beyond the reach of the Trapp.
Ricardo Pereira
Pereira turns defence into atack as he raids forward and beats the tackle of Maxwell before cutting the ball back to Balotelli to apply the finish.
PSG probe on the edge of the box with Di Maria and Matuidi, but they are met with fierce resistance from Souquet and Dante with strong challenges.
Dalbert Henrique
Yellow Card
Dalbert goes into the book for a heavy challenge on Aurier.
OVER! Seri floats the ball into the box and Balotelli peels off his marker to connect first time, but as he stretches the ball goes over the bar.
Eysseric wins a free-kick for the home side as he goes down under the challenge of Draxler. An opportunity for Nice to send the ball into the box.
Seri is in the right place at the right time for the home side as he glances Cavani's goalbound header away from danger. The Uruguayan rose highest to nod Di Maria's header towards the net, but the midfielder was on the spot.
Favre's men are beginning to knock the ball around in the PSG half rather than their own, bringing better results, although they are yet to test Trapp between the sticks.
Dalbert goes on the charge down the left with Aurier for company. He gets sent tumbling to the floor by the Ivorian, but the referee plays on.
Draxler sends the ball into Cavani's feet on the edge of the box and he tries to turn the ball around the corner to Matuidi, but Baysse makes the interception.
Balotelli and Marquinhos get involved in a minor scuffle on the sideline. The PSG defender was slightly late, but the referee awards a throw-in only to the home side. Something to monitor between the two players.
Nice are continuing to play with the ball around the back and Cardinale's pass puts Baysse under pressure, yielding a mistake and a throw-in for PSG deep in the home side's territory.
Dalbert and Koziello link up down the left to release the Brazilian. He tries to fire at goal, but Aurier gets back just in time to make the block.
Maxwell does brilliantly down the left to chase a lost cause to send a threatening cross into the box. Cavani almost makes contact, but Baysse does enough to put him off before Cardinale collects.
CHANCE! Di Maria strikes from the edge of the box and although his effort appears to be tame Cardinale fumbles it inside his six-yard box. Fortunately for the keeper Dante beats Cavani to the rebound to clear the danger.
Cavani collects Verratti's low pass into the box and rounds Cardinale, but the angle is far too narrow for him to strike at goal, with the Uruguayan keeping the attack alive.
Nice have been a bit fast and loose with possession at the back in the early stages, but thus far have managed to get away with knocking the ball around the edge of the box.
Maxwell and Draxler link up down the left flank to send the full-back into the inside channel, but his low cross is cleared away by the home side.
We're underway at the Allianz Riviera.
The players are making their way out on to the pitch, so we should be underway shortly.
A second-half brace from Edinson Cavani brought PSG back from the brink in their clash earlier in the campaign against Nice. Strikes in the first half from Wylan Cyprien and Alassane Plea had put the visitors in control, but the Uruguayan denied Lucien Favre's men the win.
Emery has made two changes from his side that hammered Monaco during the week. Kevin Trapp returns between the sticks, while Serge Aurier replaces Thomas Meunier at right-back.
Nice have made two changes from their draw with Toulouse last time out. Mario Balotelli and Paul Baysse return to the fold, with Maxime Le Marchand and Mickael Le Bahin dropping out of the line-up.
PSG subs: Kimpembe, Lucas, Meunier, Goncalo Guedes, Areola, Lo Celso, Rabiot.
PSG (4-3-3): Trapp; Aurier, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Maxwell; Verratti, Motta, Matuidi; Di Maria, Cavani, Draxler.
Nice subs: Obbadi, Le Bihan, Srarfi, Walter, Donis, Sarr, Benitez.
NICE (4-2-3-1): Cardinale; Souquet, Baysse, Dante, Dalbert; Seri, Koziello; Ricardo Pereira, Belhanda, Eysseric; Balotelli.
The team news has been announced and we'll start with Nice.
Emery's men hammered an under-strength Monaco side in the Coupe de France semi-final during the week and he will be hopeful that they retain their killer instinct this evening.
However, the defending champions are unbeaten in their last 16 league matches, dropping just four points in the process. PSG are going to make Monaco work down to the last minute to wrestle the crown away from them.
Nice's title hopes are all but spent, but they can still play a crucial role in deciding the outcome of the race for the crown. Defeating PSG this evening will hand a deadly blow to Unai Emery's hopes of unseating Monaco in pole position.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Ligue 1 clash between Nice and Paris Saint-Germain at the Allianz Riviera.