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Emiliano Sala: Missing Cardiff striker's former club Nantes pay tribute

A giant tifo of Emiliano Sala was unveiled before kick off
A giant tifo of Emiliano Sala was unveiled before kick-off

Nantes players wore shirts bearing the name of former team-mate Emiliano Sala during their first match since the Argentine striker went missing.

Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were on board a light aircraft that disappeared over the Channel Islands on 21 January.

Emotional tributes were paid to Sala, 28, before Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1.

A video featuring his highlights as a Nantes player was played before the game at the Stade de la Beaujoire.

Fans were visibly upset, and Argentina flags and 'Sala' scarves were waved in the stands.

Players from both sides wore shirts bearing a photo of Sala and the message 'On t'aime Emi' - which translates as 'we love you Emi' - during the warm-up, and wore green armbands symbolising hope during the match.

Play was stopped in the ninth minute as players and fans took part in a minute's applause, which reduced Nantes manager Vahid Halilhodzic to tears.

Sala had completed a transfer from Nantes to Cardiff City on 19 January, two days before his flight went missing from radar when he was travelling to join his new team-mates.

On Tuesday, tributes were paid at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, where Cardiff were playing in the game in which Sala should have made his Bluebirds debut.

Twenty four hours later both Nantes and Saint-Etienne were reduced to 10 men in first-half stoppage time, with Fabio and Yann M'Vila sent off for arguing with each other.

The visitors' Remy Cabella opened the scoring after the break, tapping the ball in from millimetres out after Nantes had attempted to clear.

But Majeed Waris salvaged a point for Nantes with 20 minutes to play, celebrating by tapping a photograph of Sala on a top under his shirt.

Nantes tweet displaying Sala shirts in the dressing room
FC Nantes tweeted images from inside the dressing room of Sala shirts
A Cardiff banner reading: "We never saw you play and never saw you score but Emiliano our beautiful bluebird we will love you forever more."
A banner - created by Cardiff fans - on display at the Stade de la Beaujoire
Nantes captain Valentin Rongier warms up wearing a t-shirt bearing a photo of Sala
Nantes captain Valentin Rongier warms up wearing a t-shirt bearing a photo of Sala
A giant tifo of Emiliano Sala
A giant tifo of Emiliano Sala is unveiled before kick off
A banner of Emiliano Sala laid on the pitch before kick off
A photo of Emiliano Sala covered the centre circle before kick-off
A banner saying "con tigo", which translates as "with you"
A banner saying "con tigo", which translates as "with you"
Nantes players in a huddle
Nantes players form a huddle before kick-off
Players stop for a minute's applause
Players stop in the ninth minute to honour Sala
Nantes players line up wearing Sala shirts
Nantes players all wore shirts bearing Sala's name

Line-ups

Nantes

  • 1Dupé
  • 2da SilvaBooked at 45mins
  • 20Girotto
  • 3Santos SilvaBooked at 44mins
  • 14Traoré
  • 28Rongier
  • 21KrhinSubstituted forKwatengat 63'minutes
  • 19Touré
  • 12BoschiliaSubstituted forMoutoussamyat 80'minutes
  • 7CoulibalyBooked at 81mins
  • 10Waris

Substitutes

  • 15Kolo Muani
  • 16Olliero
  • 17Evangelista Santana de Oliveira
  • 18Moutoussamy
  • 25Kwateng
  • 26Walongwa
  • 33Louza

Saint-Étienne

  • 16Ruffier
  • 24Perrin
  • 28Subotic
  • 5Kolodziejczak
  • 22Monnet-PaquetBooked at 30minsSubstituted forRocha Santosat 90+4'minutes
  • 6M'VilaBooked at 45mins
  • 7Cabella
  • 11Antunes da Silva
  • 21HamoumaSubstituted forNordinat 76'minutes
  • 10Khazri
  • 9DionySubstituted forSaliburat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Polomat
  • 18Nordin
  • 19Salibur
  • 26Debuchy
  • 27Beric
  • 30Moulin
  • 33Rocha Santos
Referee:
Frank Schneider
Attendance:
28,748

Match Stats

Home TeamNantesAway TeamSaint-Étienne
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Nantes 1, St Etienne 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nantes 1, St Etienne 1.

Offside, Nantes. Samuel Moutoussamy tries a through ball, but Abdoulaye Touré is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, St Etienne. Kenny Rocha Santos replaces Kévin Monnet-Paquet.

Attempt missed. Valentin Rongier (Nantes) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Arnaud Nordin (St Etienne) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Wahbi Khazri.

Foul by Diego Carlos (Nantes).

Gabriel Silva (St Etienne) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Abdoulaye Touré (Nantes) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Yannis Salibur (St Etienne).

Offside, Nantes. Abdoulaye Touré tries a through ball, but Samuel Moutoussamy is caught offside.

Foul by Diego Carlos (Nantes).

Timothée Kolodziejczak (St Etienne) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Charles Traoré (Nantes) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gabriel Silva (St Etienne).

Corner, St Etienne. Conceded by Abdoulaye Touré.

Substitution

Substitution, St Etienne. Yannis Salibur replaces Lois Diony.

Booking

Kalifa Coulibaly (Nantes) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kévin Monnet-Paquet (St Etienne) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kalifa Coulibaly (Nantes).

Substitution

Substitution, Nantes. Samuel Moutoussamy replaces Gabriel Boschilia.

Corner, St Etienne. Conceded by Maxime Dupé.

Attempt saved. Kévin Monnet-Paquet (St Etienne) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Andrei Girotto (Nantes).

Wahbi Khazri (St Etienne) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, St Etienne. Arnaud Nordin replaces Romain Hamouma.

Foul by Rémy Cabella (St Etienne).

Valentin Rongier (Nantes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Majeed Waris (Nantes) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Nantes 1, St Etienne 1. Majeed Waris (Nantes) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kalifa Coulibaly following a fast break.

Foul by Kalifa Coulibaly (Nantes).

Timothée Kolodziejczak (St Etienne) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Nantes. Conceded by Timothée Kolodziejczak.

Attempt blocked. Majeed Waris (Nantes) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Valentin Rongier.

Kévin Monnet-Paquet (St Etienne) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box following a corner.

Corner, St Etienne. Conceded by Charles Traoré.

Corner, Nantes. Conceded by Timothée Kolodziejczak.

Substitution

Substitution, Nantes. Enock Kwateng replaces Rene Krhin.

Offside, Nantes. Diego Carlos tries a through ball, but Majeed Waris is caught offside.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 30th January 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG20182066115556
2Lille22134536221443
3Lyon22117436251140
4Saint-Étienne2210753326737
5Strasbourg2298538251335
6Montpellier2198428161235
7Nice229761819-134
8Marseille219483431331
9Reims2271051820-231
10Rennes228683031-130
11Nîmes228593032-229
12Bordeaux217772323028
13Toulouse226882131-1026
14Nantes2266102729-224
15Angers225982327-424
16Dijon2155111933-1420
17Caen2239102031-1118
18Amiens2253141837-1918
19Monaco2236131938-1915
20Guingamp2235141646-3014
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