French Ligue 1

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



  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 3Polomat
  • 18Nordin
  • 19Salibur
  • 26Debuchy
  • 27Beric
  • 30Moulin
  • 33Rocha Santos
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Match Stats

Home TeamNantesAway TeamSaint-Étienne
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nantes 1, St Etienne 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nantes 1, St Etienne 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Substitution

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Diego Carlos (Nantes).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Yannis Salibur (St Etienne).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Diego Carlos (Nantes).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Gabriel Silva (St Etienne).

  16. Post update

    Corner, St Etienne. Conceded by Abdoulaye Touré.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, St Etienne. Yannis Salibur replaces Lois Diony.

  18. Booking

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Kalifa Coulibaly (Nantes).

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