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Nantes pay final tribute to Sala; Monaco in a draw
February 11, 2019
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PARIS: Nantes paid a final tribute to former striker Emiliano Sala in a 4-2 home defeat against Nimes in Ligue 1 on Sunday, three days after the Argentine was confirmed dead in a plane crash.

Sala, 28, had been flying from Nantes in western France to Wales on Jan. 21 to make his debut for Premier League team Cardiff City when the single-engined Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared over the sea.

There was a minute of applause before kickoff and a representative from Cardiff City came to La Beaujoire Stadium to hand the French club a shirt from the Welsh side.

La Beaujoire was at capacity after tickets were sold for nine euros (7.88 pounds) in reference to Sala’s shirt number.

Fans also chanted a song in memory of Sala in the ninth minute of the game.

Nantes took control of the match in the first half, opening a two-goal lead after a goal by Kalifa Coulibaly and a Majeed Waris penalty. However, Nimes fought back after the break and prevailed thanks to goals by Baptiste Guillaume, Antonin Bobichon, Jordan Ferri and Sada Tihoub.

The result left the Canaries in 15th place with 24 points from 23 matches, five points above the relegation zone.

Elsewhere, Monaco thought they were snatching their second win in two league games under returning coach Leonardo Jardim, but Andy Delort’s stoppage-time penalty salvaged a 2-2 home draw for Montpellier at home.

Saints fans face ban

Southampton have promised to ban supporters involved in mocking the death of Emiliano Sala by making aeroplane gestures during their match at home to Cardiff City on Saturday.

The Premier League fixture was Cardiff’s first since the Argentinian striker’s body was formally identified by an English coroner on Thursday, a day after it was recovered from underwater wreckage in the Channel.

Agence France-Presse

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