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Brazil: Chapecoense draw against champions Palmeiras in first game since plane crash02:10

Brazil: Chapecoense draw against champions Palmeiras in first game since plane crash

Brazil, Chapeco
January 22, 2017 at 01:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around 20,000 football fans gathered at Arena Conda in Chapeco, the home stadium of the Chapecoense football team, Saturday, to attend the team's first game since the death of most of its players in a plane crash in Columbia last November.

Chapecoense drew the friendly game against the Brazilian champions Palmeiras, the last club they played against before the crash.

Before the match Chapecoense's three surviving players, Neto, Jackson Follmann and Alan Ruschel were presented with the Copa Sudamericana trophy.

Follman, who survived the crash but had his right leg amputated, said that "This will help me a lot, this is something else, a new reason that will give me more strength. Today definitely helps me a lot and will be important for my recuperation."

There were 77 people in total on board the British Aerospace 146 short-haul aircraft when it went down in Colombia last November. Seventy-one people were killed in the tragedy, 19 of whom were Chapecoense players and staff.

Brazil: Chapecoense draw against champions Palmeiras in first game since plane crash02:10
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Around 20,000 football fans gathered at Arena Conda in Chapeco, the home stadium of the Chapecoense football team, Saturday, to attend the team's first game since the death of most of its players in a plane crash in Columbia last November.

Chapecoense drew the friendly game against the Brazilian champions Palmeiras, the last club they played against before the crash.

Before the match Chapecoense's three surviving players, Neto, Jackson Follmann and Alan Ruschel were presented with the Copa Sudamericana trophy.

Follman, who survived the crash but had his right leg amputated, said that "This will help me a lot, this is something else, a new reason that will give me more strength. Today definitely helps me a lot and will be important for my recuperation."

There were 77 people in total on board the British Aerospace 146 short-haul aircraft when it went down in Colombia last November. Seventy-one people were killed in the tragedy, 19 of whom were Chapecoense players and staff.

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