Ghana duo of Majeed Waris and Enoch Kwateng were in action on Tuesday night as their Nantes team booked their place in the Coupe de France quarter-finals, sparking touching tributes to tragically disappeared striker Emiliano Sala.
Kwateng played the entire game while Waris came on as a substitute in the 71st minute in the 2-0 triumph over visiting Toulouse with thoughts of Sala still ringing around the Stade de la Beaujoire.
In-form forward Kalifa Coulibaly, who scored the winner in Saturday 1-0 last 32 win away to Entente SSG, was at it again, opening the scoring with a header from Lima’s inch-perfect free-kick (9′).
Anthony Limbombe added a superb second just before the break, jinking his way through the defence before beating Mauro Goicoechea hands down (41′).
The Uruguayan ‘keeper did a good job of stopping the scoring there, making some superb saves in the second half, but his attacking colleagues couldn’t find a way to hit back and keep Toulouse in the competition.
NANTES’ fans were overwhelmed with the poignancy of their NINTH minute opening goal against Toulouse – in another emotional tribute to former No9 Emiliano Sala.
The tragic striker’s former club treated Kalifa Colulibaly’s strike in the 2-0 victory over Toulouse as a sign amid the continuing search for Sala’s body — with an emotional tweet.
Above a large image of Sala amid a darkened stadium, Nantes said: “Obviously the score at the ninth minute, obviously.”
A body has been seen in the wreckage of the the Piper Malibu plane on the seabed off Guernsey.
The Air Accident Investigation Branch confirmed the sighting on Monday, nearly two weeks after the plane carrying Cardiff’s record signing and pilot David Ibbotson went missing.
And as rescue teams put together a recovery plan for the 67-metre plane, Nantes kept Sala at the front of their minds.
Tonight’s Ligue 1 match followed an even more emotional evening when Cardiff fans joined Nantes supporters to unveil a huge banner against Saint Etienne.
It read: “We never saw you play and never saw you score. But Emiliano our beautiful Bluebird, we will love you forever.”
Sala’s face also adorned a banner before kick-off, with Nantes boss Vahid Halilhodzic breaking down in tears.