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Bradley Barcola took up the absent Kylian Mbappe’s mantle as Paris St Germain ended 10-man Nice’s Champions League hopes with a 2-1 win at the Allianz Riviera.

Barcola scored the opening goal and then set up defender Yoram Zague on his 18th birthday for the second in a blistering start by the champions, who were without the older Mbappe brother because of injury.

Mohamed-Ali Cho pulled one back before the break, but Melvin Bard’s second-half dismissal ended any hopes of a fightback.

Nice were unfortunate not to take a fifth-minute lead after Khephren Thuram hit the post, but it was the visitors who went ahead with 18 minutes gone when Barcola dispossessed defender Jordan Lotomba and then accepted Fabian Ruiz’s return pass before curling a shot past keeper Marcin Bulka.

It was 2-0 within five minutes when Barcola skipped past Lotomba on the left and squared for full-back Zague to score from close range.

Cho dragged the home side back into it when he blasted home a 32nd-minute drive after good work by Jeremie Boga.

After the break, Nice substitute Gaetan Laborde fired straight at keeper Arnau Tenas after prompting a 72nd-minute error from the keeper as he closed him down.

However, the home side’s chances went up in smoke with 15 minutes remaining when last man Bard was dismissed for a barge on Barcola as he broke from a defensive corner, and Barcola volleyed against the post from Zague’s late cross.

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