Brazil and Colombia unite in special friendly for victims of Chapecoense tragedy

More than €350,000 was raised to aid the tragedy-hit Brazilian club.

Brazil Colombia Soccer Chapecoense Source: Leo Correa

BRAZIL RECORDED A 1-0 win over Colombia in a friendly played to raise money for tragedy-hit Chapecoense on Wednesday. A second-half header from Dudu was enough to seal victory for the hosts at the Estadio Nilton Santos in Rio de Janeiro.

With the game falling outside the FIFA international match calendar, both teams were made up of almost entirely domestic-based players. Both struggled to create clear-cut chances as Tite’s Brazil – flying high in World Cup qualifying – made it seven straight wins.

The nations had organised the friendly in the wake of the November plane crash, in which Chapecoense players, backroom staff and directors were among 71 people who died when the flight carrying them to Colombia crashed.

Brazil Colombia Soccer Chapecoense Former Chapecoense players (L-R) Follmann, Alan Ruschel, and Neto, and radio soccer announcer Rafael Henzel, all plane crash survivors, were honoured. Source: Silvia Izquierdo

Survivors of the crash were greeted in a touching pre-match ceremony, and it was later announced more than 1.2 million Brazilian Real (€350,000) had been raised.

Both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances before Brazil scored the game’s only goal in the 47th minute. Dudu was on hand to head in a rebound after Gonzalez saved a close-range Diego Souza effort.

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