MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Mario Balotelli scored on his Marseille debut on Friday, but it was too late to save his side from a 2-1 home defeat to second-place Lille.
Balotelli rose to powerfully head in a corner five minutes into injury time, shortly after Lille striker Nicolas Pepe had netted his second goal of the game through the legs of keeper Steve Mandanda following a quick counter-attack.
Balotelli, who started on the bench after joining from Nice until the end of the season, remonstrated with referee Amaury Delerue moments after the final whistle for not allowing more time to be played.
Delerue had his hands full all night, having taken the players off 10 minutes into the second half after a firecracker was thrown from the crowd and landed near a linesman and two Marseille players .
Pepe scored his first goal from the penalty spot in first-half injury time. His double took his tally to 15 in the league, two behind top scorer Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain.