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‘Victory and goal for Sala’-Cardiff captain Bamba

Sala tribute: Fulham led the tributes to the late Emiliano Sala by showing a picture of the Argentinian footballer on the large screen at Craven Cottage ahead of their game against Manchester United on Saturday © AFP / Ian KINGTON

LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 9Cardiff City captain Sol Bamba dedicated his goal and a 2-1 victory over Southampton to Emiliano Sala after an emotional match for the Welsh club.

Saturday’s fixtures were the first round of Premier League games since the player’s death was confirmed earlier this week.

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.

“A lot of things were going through my mind. I knew Emiliano. I know he was looking up there. The victory and the goal is for him,” said Bamba.

The plane carrying Sala from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff, his new club, disappeared near the British island of Guernsey on January 21.

Pilot David Ibbotson remains missing. His family have launched a fundraising campaign to find his remains.

Cardiff had been given permission by the Premier League to wear shirts embroidered with a yellow daffodil, the national emblem of Wales and the team colour of Nantes.

Before Saturday’s kick-off, a minute’s silence in memory of Sala was impeccably observed at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium.

Ivorian defender Bamba gave Cardiff a 69th-minute lead only for Southampton to equalise in stoppage time.

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But Kenneth Zohore scored a 93rd-minute winner that took Cardiff out of the relegation zone.

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– ‘Bags of heart’ –

“It has been a tough couple of weeks,” Bamba told Sky Sports. “We knew we had to give our all today. It wasn’t easy but a performance like this was very pleasing.”

Emotional tribute: A display of Cardiff City scarves and jerseys, flowers, messages and other tributes to Emiliano Sala © AFP / Geoff CADDICK

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock was proud of his side’s resilience as he paid his own post-match tribute to Sala.

“Emiliano was a fabulous lad, and it’s appropriate we came down with our black armbands on and put in a performance like that,” he said.

“We could easily have folded, but we were determined. We’re limited, but you can’t question their character and what they’ve got under their shirts because they’ve bags of heart.”

Saturday’s early kick-off, in a scene that will be repeated across English football this weekend, saw players from Fulham and Manchester United also wearing black armbands as a mark of respect for Sala, whose picture was displayed on the giant screen at Craven Cottage.


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