Barca han­dle Chapecoense

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

BARCELONA eased into life without Ney­mar by hon­our­ing Chapecoense, the Brazil­ian side still reel­ing from a dev­as­tat­ing plane crash that killed 19 play­ers and 24 club of­fi­cials last year, in a 5- 0 friendly win.

On an emo­tional night for the vis­i­tors, Chapecoense were cap­tained by Alan Ruschel, one of only three play­ers to sur­vive the crash. Ruschel was given the un­en­vi­able task of fac­ing up to Lionel Messi and de­spite the sen­ti­men­tal­ity of the oc­ca­sion, Barca didn’t let up once.

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