Europa League

Sick Balotelli scores again for Nice, before nearly vomiting

Balotelli slipped as he struck a curling shot home in the 43rd minute for Nice against Krasnodar, before bending over to cough, retch and then being substituted.

Sick Balotelli scores again for Nice, before nearly vomiting

Mario Balotelli opened his Europa League account for Nice on Thursday before keeling over sick as Nice went into half-time of their game against Krasnodar in Russia at 2-1 down.

Score, cough and retch

Trailing after strikes from Fedor Smolov on 22 minutes and Joaozinho, 11 minutes later, the 26-year-old Balotelli slipped as he struck a curling shot home in the 43rd minute before bending over to cough and retch.

It was Balotelli's fifth goal in four games for Nice after twice bagging braces in Ligue 1 wins over Marseille and Monaco.

The Italian striker, having been in some distress, was replaced at half-time

Nice lost their first Europa League Group I game 1-0 to Schalke 04.