Medellin, Colombia was the site of a horrific plane crash where 75 passengers were killed, including members of Brazil’s Chapecoense football club.
According to reports, the plane crashed into a mountain on approach for landing. Miraculously, six passengers survived the crash.
The Chapecoense club was set to face Medellin’s Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in the Final of the Copa Sudamericana, one of South America’s most prestigious club soccer championships.
Chapecoense is a small club that had recently been promoted to Brazil’s first division, and had become a beloved national underdog story on their improbable march to the Final.
According to a BBC report, members of Atletico Nacional club have asked that the cup be awarded to Chapecoense. A classy move fitting of the gravity of the moment.
Here’s a heartbreaking video of Chapecoense celebrating their victory that put them in the Copa Sudamericana Final.
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) November 29, 2016
It’s an unimaginable day for the families of those lost in the tragedy, and to a lesser degree, the world of sports.
Fans of the Chapecoense club gathered outside of the stadium to pay their respects to those lost in the crash.
RT GeniusFootball: Hundred’s of fans surround Chapecoense’s stadium to pray for everyone who lost their lives in t… pic.twitter.com/ONZnkAzIhl
— Dunia Salgado (@DuniaSalgadoo) November 29, 2016