Alves, Di Maria spoil Balotelli’s return as PSG down Nice

18 March at 18:30

Dani Alves’ late header snatched a hard-fought victory for runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain as they came from behind to beat Nice 2-1.

In a frenetic encounter at Allianz Riviera, Alves’ first Ligue 1 goal proved the difference in the 82nd minute, with Angel Di Maria having cancelled out Allan Saint-Maximin’s 17th-minute opener.

Having stepped into the void left by the injured Neymar, Di Maria has been excellent for Unai Emery’s side in recent weeks, and netted his 11th goal of the campaign in spectacular fashion 21 minutes in.

Nice still presented a threat on the counter, though – Balotelli heading against the crossbar with 15 minutes remaining. The Italian made his return from injury at went the full 90 minutes. It was also the first game since being snubbed by the Italian national team again.

But PSG would not be denied a ninth successive league victory as Alves had the final say, the Parisians near certainties to regain the title with a 17-point lead over Monaco at the top.

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