2018-19 French Ligue 1, Regular Season
  • Florian Thauvin (19')
  • Mario Balotelli (25')

Mario Balotelli scores again as Marseille ease past SC Amiens

Mario Balotelli scored again as Marseille beat Amiens 2-0 to move up to fourth place in Ligue 1.

Balotelli, who joined Marseille on a free transfer from Nice last month having not found the back of the net all season, had come off the bench to score on his debut in a 2-1 defeat to Lille three weeks ago and bagged another in midweek as Marseille won at Dijon.

The Italy international then made it three goals in four appearances on Saturday when he scored his side's second goal against Amiens in the 25th minute.

Florian Thauvin had put Marseille in front six minutes earlier, appearing to pull up with a hamstring injury in the celebration.

Balotelli latched on to a Thauvin flick on to score his goal, and both players then mocked the apparent injury after his goal.

Video review took away another potential strike from Balotelli, whose headed effort midway through the second half was ruled out for offside.

Marseille moved into fourth place and six points behind third-placed Lyon as they push for a spot in the Champions League qualifying rounds.