Ligue 1 Roundup: Nice strengthen grip on third place after beating Bordeaux

All of Mario Balotelli’s 11 league goals this season have been scored at home. (Source: Reuters) All of Mario Balotelli’s 11 league goals this season have been scored at home. (Source: Reuters)

Striker Mario Balotelli equalized from the penalty spot and then helped to create the winner as Nice rallied to beat Bordeaux 2-1 in the French league on Sunday.

The win moved third-placed Nice one point behind Paris Saint-Germain and four behind leader Monaco, although they both have a game in hand on Nice, which hosts PSG at the end of April.

All of Balotelli’s 11 league goals this season have been scored at home, and the Italian forward confidently struck a 16th-minute penalty after veteran midfielder Jeremy Toulalan was adjudged to have fouled right back Arnaud Soquet as he burst into the area.

Bordeaux had taken the lead in the ninth minute thanks to a fine goal from Gaetan Laborde. The striker took advantage of an error from Nice’s Brazilian center half Dante to break into the penalty area, beat two defenders and score with an angled finish.

After leveling from the penalty spot, Balotelli showed clever anticipation to cushion a pass into the path of midfielder Valentin Eysseric, who turned to hit a brilliant curling strike past goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso in the 27th minute from just outside the penalty area.

There were no goals in the second half but Bordeaux missed four chances, with forward Francois Kamano missing an open goal and missing with another strike.

“In the second half they dictated the game. If you lose the ball against them, they are lethal,” Nice coach Lucien Favre said of Bordeaux. “But you shouldn’t forget that we have several players injured, so hats off to the team.”

Bordeaux is in sixth place, one point behind fifth-placed Marseille.

RENNES 1, LYON 1

Lyon missed an early penalty and conceded a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw at 10-man Rennes.

Lyon failed to take advantage of having an extra man for nearly the whole game after Algerian defender Ramy Bensebaini was sent off in the fifth minute. The resulting spot kick, taken by Lyon top scorer Alexandre Lacazette, was well saved by goalkeeper Benoit Costil.

Midfielder Corentin Tolisso went close three times as Lyon dominated the first half, but the visitors had to wait until the 53rd minute before taking the lead when forward Maxwell Cornet turned in a cross from left back Jeremy Morel.

Congolese forward Firmin Mubele equalized for midtable Rennes in the 82nd with his first goal since joining Rennes from Qatari club Al-Ahli.

“Given the circumstances we should have won the match,” Lyon coach Bruno Genesio said. “So, yes, this draw feels like a defeat. We started losing track of what we were doing 15 minutes from the end, and I don’t know why. Perhaps it was a lack of concentration.”

Lyon has not won away in the league since beating leader Monaco 3-1 in December and dropped more points in its quest to catch third-placed Nice.

Lyon is 16 points behind Nice.

“Given what we showed today, we don’t deserve to be on the podium (in the top three),” Genesio said. “I’m irritated, for want of a better word.”

OTHER MATCHES

Burkina Faso striker Prejuce Nakoulma scored both goals as Nantes beat Angers 2-1 to move up to ninth place.

Striker Andy Delort got his fourth goal since joining from Mexican club Tigres in January as Toulouse won 1-0 at Montpellier to go 10th.

Cameroon striker Benjamin Moukandjo’s 10th league goal of the season helped Lorient beat Caen 1-0 as it bids to avoid relegation. Lorient is 19th but only one point behind 17th-placed Dijon.

Paris Saint-Germain beat Monaco 4-1 in the League Cup final on Saturday.

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‘Fuzzy fibres’ may help future rockets stand extreme heat

he fibres made of of silicon carbide strengthen composites used in advanced rocket engines that have to withstand temperatures up to 1,600 degrees Celsius. (Image for representation, Source: Pixabay) he fibres made of of silicon carbide strengthen composites used in advanced rocket engines that have to withstand temperatures up to 1,600 degrees Celsius. (Image for representation, Source: Pixabay)

Scientists, including those of Indian origin, have developed “fuzzy fibres” that act like Velcro and could stand up to the heat and pressure of next-generation rocket engines. The fibres made of of silicon carbide strengthen composites used in advanced rocket engines that have to withstand temperatures up to 1,600 degrees Celsius.

Ceramic composites in rockets now being developed use silicon carbide fibres to strengthen the material, but they can crack or become brittle when exposed to oxygen. The researchers from Rice University in the US embedded silicon carbide nanotubes and nanowires into the surface of NASA’s fibres. The exposed parts of the fibres are curly and act like the hooks and loops that make Velcro so valuable – but on the nanoscale.

The result creates very strong interlocking connections where the fibres tangle; this not only makes the composite less prone to cracking but also seals it to prevent oxygen from changing the fibre’s chemical composition. The researchers grew hooks and loops on nanotubes by first bathing silicon carbide fibre in an iron catalyst and then using water-assisted chemical vapour deposition to embed a carpet of carbon nanotubes directly into the surface.

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These become the template for the final product. The fibres were then heated in silicon nanopowder at high temperature, which converts the carbon nanotubes to silicon carbide ‘fuzz’. The researchers, including Pulickel Ajayan from Rice University, hope their fuzzy fibres will upgrade the strong, light and heat-resistant silicon carbide fibres that, when put in ceramic composites, are being tested for robust nozzles and other parts in rocket engines.

“The silicon carbide fibre they already use is stable to 1,600 degree Celsius,” said Chandra Sekhar Tiwary, a postdoctoral associate at Rice University in the US.”So we are confident that attaching silicon carbide nanotubes and wires to add strength will make it even more cutting-edge,” he said.The new materials should also make entire turbo engines significantly lighter, said graduate student Amelia Hart.

“Before they used silicon carbide composites, many engine parts were made of nickel superalloys that had to incorporate a cooling system, which added weight to the whole thing,” Hart said. “By switching to ceramic matrix composites, they could take out the cooling system and go to higher temperatures,” she said.

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“Our material will allow the creation of larger, longer-lasting turbo jet engines that go to higher temperatures than ever before,” she added. The research was published in the journal Applied Materials and Interfaces.

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