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A Year After Tragedy, Chapecoense Secure Copa Libertadores Spot In Dramatic Fashion

A Year After Tragedy, Chapecoense Secure Copa Libertadores Spot In Dramatic Fashion
By PJ Browne
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A little over a year after 19 Chapecoense players tragically died in a plane crash, the club secured qualification for the Copa Libertadores - the South American equivalent of the Champions League - on Sunday.

On November 28th last year, 71 of the 77 passengers aboard LaMia Flight 2933 were killed. The plane was travelling to Medellin for the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final between Chapecoense and Colombian side Atlético Nacional.

Just three of the players survived the crash, forcing the club to rebuild following the tragedy in which coaching staff and directors also died.

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One of the players who survived, Alan Ruschel, was an unused substitute in Sunday's 2-1 win against Coritiba.

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The victory arrived in dramatic fashion: a 95th minute winner from former Lille striker Tulio de Melo.

It meant that the club finished eighth in the table, enough to ensure qualification for South America's most prestigious club tournament.

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