Moving Sala homage as emotional Nantes crumble

Emiliano Sala’s former club Nantes gave a final rousing send off to the
Argentine striker, whose body was recovered from a crashed plane this week,
with a series of moving gestures in their Ligue 1 game with Nimes on Sunday.

Known as the Canaries because of their yellow strip Nantes played in a
one-off full black outfit with Sala’s name on the back of each shirt.

Tickets for the game were sold at a symbolic 9 euros in memory of the
player’s shirt number, which they have also withdrawn from use.

37,000 fans were on hand to see a giant portrait of Sala displayed in the
centre-circle ahead of the game, and a minute’s silence was observed before
spilling into rousing applause.

Nantes sold Sala to Premier League club Cardiff during the transfer window
but on his way to a new life the player and his pilot crashed into the channel
near the British island of Guernsey on January 21.

Nantes’ players had promised to ‘win for Sala’ and goals from Kalifa Coulibaly and Abdul Majeed Waris gave them a 2-0 half-time lead over Nimes, but emotions had worn the home side’s nerves thin and they collapsed to a 4-2 defeat.

Nimes are now 10th while Nantes are 15th  just five points clear of the
drop zone.

Elsewhere, Radamel Falcao was on target as the 2017 champions Monaco drew
2-2, throwing away the lead twice at Montpellier, to climb to third from

Later games pitch rock-bottom Guingamp against second from top Lille, Rennes
host Saint Etienne and third placed Lyon travel to Nice in the late game.

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