Brazil grieves af­ter team dies in crash

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THOU­SANDS of griev­ing fans in green and white filled the Chapecoense sta­dium in re­mote south­ern Brazil on Tues­day, singing their foot­ball team’s praises and chant­ing one by one the names of play­ers who died in a plane crash a day ear­lier that killed 71.

Less than a week ago, the streets of this small farm­ing city rang with cheers and fire­crack­ers as the team punched their ticket to the fi­nal of the Su­damer­i­cana Cup, cap­ping a fairy­tale rise to Brazil’s top com­pe­ti­tion from fourth divi­sion in 2009.

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