Re­born Chapecoense qual­i­fies for Copa Lib­er­ta­dores play­offs

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

Just over a year since the plane crash that killed most of Chapecoense’s play­ers and staff, the Brazil­ian club’s re­mark­able re­cov­ery con­tin­ues.

A goal from Tulio de Melo in the fifth minute of stop­page time gave Chapecoense vic­tory against Coritiba with the last kick of the game. It means the re­born side fin­ished eighth in Brazil’s Série A to earn a place in the qual­i­fy­ing rounds of next sea­son’s Copa Lib­er­ta­dores -- the pre­mier club com­pe­ti­tion in South Amer­i­can foot­ball.

The re­sult came just a few days af­ter a vigil was held at the Arena Conda to mark the one-year an­niver­sary of the plane crash that killed 71 of the 77 peo­ple on board, in­clud­ing 19 of the club’s first-team play­ers.

Crowds gather at a cer­e­mony in honor of the vic­tims and survivors of the plane crash that dev­as­tated Chapecoense’s foot­ball club last year.

Sun­day’s win com­pleted a 10-game un­beaten streak in Serie A for Chapecoense. Hav­ing cel­e­brated avoid­ing rel­e­ga­tion with three games of the sea­son re­main­ing, fur­ther vic­to­ries gave the club more rea­son to cel­e­brate.

A video on the Chapecoense so­cial me­dia ac­counts showed play­ers danc­ing and singing in the home chang­ing room, posted with the words “and the scene re­peats it­self.”

The club was of­fered im­mu­nity from rel­e­ga­tion, but pres­i­dent Ivan Tozzo re­jected the of­fer, say­ing he wanted re­sults on the pitch to dic­tate his side’s destiny.

But on the fi­nal day of the sea­son, with its sta­tus in Serie A se­cure, Chapecoense’s play­ers reached new heights.

De Melo, who re­turned to his old club this sea­son in the wake of last year’s tragedy, se­cured the vic­tory af­ter Eli­car­los’ first-half goal can­celed out Kléber Fre­itas’ early score for Coritiba.

Chapecoense’s late win­ner also rel­e­gated Coritiba to Série B as the Brazil­ian do­mes­tic sea­son came to a dra­matic close.

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