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Mario Balotelli nets on Marseille debut but loss to Lille

By Vincent Ashitey
Mario Balotelli nets on Marseille debut but loss to Lille
Mario Balotelli nets on Marseille debut but loss to Lille

Lille won 2-1 at Marseille in a match delayed for around 40 minutes after a firecracker was thrown on to the pitch.

The visitors, second in the Ligue 1 table, were leading 1-0 through Nicolas Pepe's penalty in first-half injury time when the object landed on the playing area in the 56th minute.

It exploded just in front of Marseille players Kevin Strootman and Jordan Amavi, who both seemed visibly shaken by the incident.
Referee Amaury Delerue took the players back to the dressing room and they did not emerge again for around 40 minutes.

Until the safety of the players could be established, the game was halted for almost an entire half of action.

When the match resumed, a red card for home forward Florian Thauvin did little to improve the atmosphere inside the Stade Velodrome. Thauvin was sent off after 67 minutes for a foul on Lille left back Youssouf Kone.

Pepe scored his second goal of the game in injury time to seal the win for Lille but there was still time for new signing Mario Balotelli, on as a second-half substitute, to mark his Marseille debut with a goal by heading in a Strootman cross.

There was to be further controversy before spectators headed home as one was tackled to the ground by stewards after running onto the pitch.

Source: Dailymail

Read also: OFFICIAL: Mario Balotelli completes six-months loan move to Marseille

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