Chapecoense make emotional return after tragic plane crash

Chapecoense make emotional return after tragic plane crash

- Brazilian side Chapecoense were able to play a friendly match against Palmeiras

- The was the club's first match since the plane crash that killed 71 people, including 19 of their players

- The three surviving players, Neto, Jakson Follmann and Alan Ruschel were presented before kick-off

Chapecoense have successfully returned to the pitch for a match which was the first they have played since the plane crash that killed 71 people, including 19 of their players, on November 28.

Chapecoense make emotional return after tragic plane crash

Chapecoense players line up before their first match since the plane crash

The Copa Sudamerica champions returned to the pitch on Saturday night for an emotional friendly against Palmeiras at their home stadium, Arena Conda.

Befroe kick off, the lead led by the three surviving players, Neto, Jakson Follmann and Alan Ruschel lifted the Copa Sudamericana trophy before kick-off.

Chapecoense make emotional return after tragic plane crash

The surviving players before kick off

The trophy was awarded to Chapecoense after the crash, which occured while the team was en route to the first leg of the final of the competition against Atletico Nacional of Colombia.

Chapecoense make emotional return after tragic plane crash

Wives of some some of the players before kick off

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Atletico Nacional had requested that their opponents been crowned champions in the aftermath of the tragedy and subsequently received the Fair Play Award at the recent FIFA Football Awards.

A tribute to the players, coaches, journalists, crewmembers and other guests who lost their lives in the tragedy followed before the game itself got underway.

Chapecoense make emotional return after tragic plane crash

The team presented the trophy before kick off

Chapecoense, who have mostly loaned players in order to be able to compete during the 2017 season, fell behind in the 11th minute to Raphael Veiga's goal.

However, and Douglas Grolli, a loanee from Cruzeiro, scored a goal to level the score just three minutes later.

It looked as if Chape may secure a historic victory when Amaral, playing against his parent club, gave them the lead shortly after half-time.

But Palmeiras, the reigning Brazilian champions, struck back with 12 minutes to go through Vitinho and the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

Source: Sports.naij.com

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