PARIS: Nice – owned by prospective Manchester United investor Sir Jim Ratcliffe – saw their impressive start to the French ended in a defeat 1-0 at Nantes, ending their run of eight consecutive clean sheets.

After 25 minutes, Nantes’ Florent Mollet capitalised on a rebound inside the box and fired the ball into the net.

Despite having numerous opportunities to draw level throughout the game Nice were unable to beat Nantes’ goalkeeper Alban Lafont, who made several crucial saves.

Nice are second in the table on 29 points, one behind Paris St Germain, who visit Le Havre on Sunday.

Nantes, who were playing their first match under new manager Jocelyn Gourvennec, are in eighth place with 18 points.

In Germany . . .

Stuttgart’s Deniz Undav and Serhou Guirassy scored to give them a 2-0 home win over Werder Bremen, their third league victory in a row that kept them third in the table with a four-point lead over fourth-placed RB Leipzig.

Undav, a former Werder youth player, put them in front in the 17th minute and the hosts should have added at least one more before the break with Stuttgart having 17 efforts on goal in the game.

Guinea international Guirassy missed a string of chances but made sure of the three points with a 75th-minute penalty and his 16th goal of the campaign.

Stuttgart are on 30 points in third place, with Leipzig, 2-1 winners against Heidenheim in fourth on 26. Leaders Bayer Leverkusen, on 34, take on Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.

Second-placed Bayern Munich, on 32, are not in action this weekend after heavy snowfall in the Bavarian capital forced the postponement of Sunday’s match against Union Berlin.

In Italy . . .

Striker Luka Jovic scored a goal and claimed an assist as AC Milan secured a comfortable 3-1 win over mid-table Frosinone at San Siro, a second straight victory to set them back on track in Serie A.

Jovic and midfielder Christian Pulisic scored either side of halftime before Fikayo Tomori netted the third for Milan and Frosinone midfielder Marco Brescianini pulled one back for the visitors from a free kick eight minutes from time.

Milan, who went four league matches without a win before beating Fiorentina last week, are third in the standings on 29 points, four behind leaders Juventus and three adrift of second-placed Inter Milan, who travel to Napoli — in fourth with 24 points — on Sunday.

“We hadn’t won two games in a row in the league for two months,” coach Stefano Pioli told DAZN.

“We must have more continuity, it was not an easy game and I consider the team’s performance very positive.”

Pioli’s men, who were beaten 3-1 by Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday, were still without the injured striker Rafael Leao, among other absences.

A largely uneventful first half, during which Frosinone often looked the more threatening side, livened up right at the end when Jovic gave Milan the lead two minutes before the break with a volley from inside the box.

It was the Serbia international’s first goal for Milan in nine league games since joining in September from Fiorentina.

“I try to encourage him every day,” Pioli said. “He has important technical, tactical and physical capabilities. He must demand more from himself… I hope this performance gives him confidence, he can give us important offensive solutions.

“He is a complete centre forward, with perhaps different characteristics from Olivier (Giroud).”

Pulisic doubled the advantage in the 50th minute after latching onto a long pass from goalkeeper Mike Maignan to send the ball into a top corner.

The Milan keeper has provided at least one assist in each of the last three Serie A seasons.

Jovic set up Tomori for the third with a header across the face of the goal as the defender bundled the ball past helpless Frosinone keeper Stefano Turati in the 74th minute.

Frosinone, 11th in the table, have picked up 18 points from their first 14 matches this season, a tally they had not previously achieved before the 23rd matchday in Serie A.