Chapecoense Win First Title Since The Horrific Plane Crash
Chapecoense won their first title since the horrific plane tragedy killed almost their entire team and coaching staff.
The Brazilian side defeated Joinville 2-0 in the final of the Sandro Pallaoro Cup to lift the trophy.
Left-back Reinaldo opened the scoring at Chapecoense’s Arena Conda on Saturday before second-half substitute Tulio de Melo doubled the hosts’ lead seven minutes from time.
Seventy-one people died – including 19 Chapecoense players and most of the club’s staff – when the chartered plane in which they were travelling slammed into a hillside in Colombia last November.
There were only six survivors, including club players Alan Ruschel, Helio Neto and Jakson Follmann.
The accident occurred less than two days before Chapecoense were due to play Colombia’s Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final.
The Brazilian side were later declared winners of the continental tournament at the request of Atletico Nacional, giving the team a direct berth in this year’s Copa Libertadores, South America’s top club competition.