Nice coach Lucien Favre said he substituted Mario Balotelli at half-time of Nice's UEFA Europa League defeat to Krasnodar because the summer signing had a sore throat.
Balotelli, 26, was replaced by Alassane Plea at the break in Russia as Nice slumped to a 5-2 defeat in their second Group I game.
"Mario has a cough," Favre told media postmatch. "Things went downhill very quickly. He'd actually asked to come off after 25 minutes.
"Then after a difficult spell, he told us it was a little better. We...
Manchester United laboured to a 1-0 Europa League victory over Zorya Luhansk at Old Trafford as Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed home in the second half to seal the points for the below-par hosts.
United struggled to create clear-cut chances against their well-organised Ukrainian opponents, until Jose Mourinho brought on Wayne Rooney, who within moments was involved in the move that brought the 69th-minute breakthrough.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah found space on the right and pulled the ball back towards Rooney,...