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Chapecoense continue miraculous turnaround as they win first title six months after tragic plane crash

Date Posted,April 16, 2017

Chapecoense have performed miracles to win their first title, less than a year after the tragic plane crash which killed 19 players and club staff.

The Brazilian club side beat Joinville 2-0 to win the second stage of the Capeonato Catarinense after they finished second to Avai in the first stage of the competition.

The victory in the state championship completes a remarkable turnaround for the club, who now have the chance to win the title outright when they square off with Avai in the two-legged final in May.

Chapecoense were travelling to Medellin, Colombia in November last year to face Athletico Nacional in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana’s final when the tragic accident occurred.

Survivors plane crash that killed most of the Chapecoense football team (Photo: Buda Mendes)

Only six of the 77 people on board the plane survived the crash, with just three Chapecoense players among the survivors.

Nacional insisted Chapecoense were awarded the title whilst teams all across Brazil offered to loan players in order to help rebuild the team.

Chapecoense players celebrate after scoring against Zulia FC (Photo: REUTERS)

The Saint Catarina’s state championship was named after Chapecoense president Sandro Pallaoro, who was also killed in the 2016 crash.

Chapecoense won the second stage with one game to spare, after drawing their first game before going on to secure victory in their next seven matches.

They’ve have won the Catarinense five times previously, and victory in the final in May would see them retain their title having won the competition in 2016.

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