Nantes paid a moving tribute to their former team-mate, Emiliano Sala, as the team played their first game since the disappearance of the Argentine striker at the Stade de la Beaujoire. Cardiff Citys new signing Sala and the aircrafts pilot, David Ibbotson, have been missing since their plane disappeared over the Channel last week. Before the game, players warmed up wearing t-shirts with On Taime Emi (We Love You Emi) written on the back and the players photo on the front. A giant picture of Sala was projected onto the centre circle. The whole Nantes squad formed a circle moments before the match started as coach Vahid Halilhodzic spoke to the players.Nantes players wore Salas name on the back of their shirts when the game kicked off. The tearful fans held a minutes applause and chanted his name.« Emi, on taime »Hier soir, le temps sest arrêté... Le film de la soirée 📺#FCNASSE | #PlayForSala pic.twitter.comfVPuxenqLO— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) January 31, 2019×Emi, pour toujours avec nous 💛#PrayForSala pic.twitter.comGRV80nZu8o— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) February 1, 2019×Former Nantes forward Yacine Bammou, who became a close friend of Salas before leaving for Caen, was in tears watching on, while coach Vahid Halilhodzic also struggled to contain his emotions.Its hard to talk about this, its a terrible moment, were all shocked, Halilhodzic said earlier on Wednesday.Hope, whether its slim or not? I dont know, but were still waiting for a surprise, I hope it will come very soon.He is such a nice, kind, respectful, endearing boy and a true warrior who loved the club.The game finished 1-1, with Nantes full-back Fabio and Saint-Etienne midfielder Yann MVila both sent off for a scuffle on the stroke of half-time.Earlier, the accident investigators said two seat cushions had been found which are likely to have come from the plane carrying Sala and the pilot.I did not have much hope. Now we must try to mourn and then move forward, said 69-year-old Nantes supporter Andree Guittet.