Barcelona closes preseason with emotional win against Chapecoense


Soccer plays a role in many people’s lives — and sometimes it seems like the most important thing in the world — but Monday’s match between Barcelona and Chapecoense proved that there are more important aspects of life than sports.

Barcelona comfortably handled their Brazilian counterparts, 5-0, at the Camp Nou as the Spanish giants closed out their preseason account, but the fixture was more about honoring the 71 lives that were lost in last November’s LaMia Flight 2933 crash and celebrating the three players that managed to survive.

Those survivors — Alan Ruschel, Jakson Follmann, and Neto — were all present at Monday’s Joan Gamper Trophy match, with Ruschel not only serving as Chapecoense’s captain but playing in the first 35 minutes of the match.

The Joan Gamper Trophy has been held since 1966 by Barcelona at the conclusion of the team’s preseason campaign.

For Barcelona, Gerard Deulofeu gave the hosts the lead after six minutes, before Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi extended the Blaugrana advantage to 3-0 prior to halftime.

Luis Suarez and Denis Suarez tacked on the fourth and fifth goals, respectively, for Barca after the break.