Copa Libertadores

With Mario Balotelli rested, Nice wins anyway to stay top

PARIS (AP) Striker Mario Balotelli was rested to protect a sore hip and his replacement Alassane Plea scored the winner as Nice beat struggling Nancy 1-0 Sunday to stay top of the French league.

Keeping Thursday's Europa League match at Russian side Krasnodar in mind, Nice coach Lucien Favre thought it best to leave out Balotelli and put other regulars on the bench.

"Mario's hip was hurting so it was too risky ... We'll see for Thursday," Favre said. "We have a long trip to Krasnodar and the Europa League will take its toll for sure."