Hatem Ben Arfa hits hat-trick for Nice

Hatem Ben Arfa’s sensational hat-trick moved Nice into fourth place in the Ligue 1 table as they defeated Rennes 3-0.

The former Newcastle and Hull man’s purple patch continued with his seventh, eighth and nine goals in the calendar year as the hosts bounced back from last weekend’s 4-1 drubbing by champions Paris Saint-Germain in style.

Ben Arfa’s first of the afternoon came from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute as he kept his nerve to beat goalkeeper Benoit Costil after Sylvain Armand had brought down Jean-Michel Seri.

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