The roster was tragically much different, but the spirit very much the same as Chapecoense clinched a return to the Copa Libertadores.
It’s been just over a year since a plane carrying the Chapecoense team to the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final crashed, killing all but six of 77 passengers.
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Chapecoense was awarded the Copa Sudamericana title in a gesture of respect from Atletico Nacional, and turned down a “can’t be relegated” offer from the clubs in its league.
Now, one year later, with a scrappy band of loanees and free agents, manager Gilson Kleina has led Chape back to the Copa Libertadores.
The stoppage time winner cued celebrations (and actually saved another club from relegation!).