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Tribute match for tragic Chapecoense

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By Euronews
Tribute match for tragic Chapecoense

<p>Eight months after surviving a plane crash that killed most of of the Chapecoense football team, survivors, Helio Neto and Jackson Follmann who lost part of his leg in the accident, shared a moving symbolic kick off in a friendly against Barcelona.</p> <p>Along with captain Alan Ruschel, Neto and Follmann were the only players to come out of the air crash alive. Seventy- seven passengers and crew which included players, officials and journalists were on the plane which went down in Colombia last year. In all six people survived.</p> <p>It was an emotional night at Camp Nou, but it was more about overcoming the tragedy that had decimated their club than facing Lionel Messi’s Barcelona.</p> <p>The game, for the Joan Gamper trophy, is Barcelona’s traditional curtain raiser for the new season</p> <p>For Ruschel it was the first time in action on a football pitch since the crash: </p> <p>“When I walked on to the pitch I saw a movie in my head. A movie showing all my battles so I could be here today. There were tough times. Times of losing and big scars left. So as I walked onto the the pitch I said thanks to all my teammates who aren’t with us anymore. I thanked them for the strength they gave me.”</p> <p>The final score was five nil and the match commentator was a radio reporter who also survived the crash.</p>