Balotelli scores as Nice draws from 2 goals down in Ligue 1

PARIS (AP) Mario Balotelli scored from the spot and Ismael Traore added an own goal as Nice erased a two-goal deficit to draw with Angers 2-2 in the French league on Friday.

The Nice hosts trailed 2-0 after 34 minutes after Mateo Pavlovic headed home a free kick and Karl Toko-Ekambi scored from close range with a fine volley at Allianz Arena.

Midfielder Thomas Mangani was sanctioned five minutes later for a handball in the box and Balotelli converted the penalty by sending `keeper Alexandre Letellier the wrong way.

It was Balotelli's 23rd goal in all competitions for Nice since the former Manchester City striker joined last year.

Traore was unfortunate to beat Letellier in the 76th when he inadvertently diverted the ball in while trying to clear a free kick.

Nice stands in sixth place, eight points behind leader Paris Saint Gemain, which travels to Montpellier on Saturday.

Updated September 22, 2017

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