Chape, as the club is called, beat the state rivals Figueirense 2-1 to guarantee a top-four finish in Serie B with four games remaining and promotion for the 2021 season.
“Winning is good. Winning the Santa Catarina derby is even better. Winning the Santa Catarina derby and guaranteeing a return to Serie A SENSATION!” club tweeted after the match at the empty Conda arena.
Chapecoense lost nearly all of their first-team squad and some of the directors and backroom staff when their plane headed for Colombia for the Copa Sudamericana final crashed into a hillside outside Medellin.
Winning is good.
Winning the classic Santa Catarina is better.
Win the classic Santa Catarina and guarantee access to the SENSATIONAL Serie A!
– Chapecoense (@ChapecoenseReal) January 13, 2021
Disaster attract the attention of the global football community, sparking sales of team shirts and merchandise worldwide. Team like Barcelona organizes charity matches and fundraisers to help the club.
Despite their budget being a fraction of that of big city Brazilian clubs, Chapecoense’s hastily rebuilt side remained competitive at the top flight until they were relegated in December 2019.
Tuesday’s win brought them back to the top table and sparked celebrations in the small southern town.
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