Watch Atletico Nacional’s touching live tribute to Chapecoense from site of Copa final
If not for the tragic plane crash earlier this week, the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final was supposed to kick off tonight. Atletico Nacional and Chapecoense were supposed to be contesting one of South America's biggest prizes, but CONMEBOL understandably suspended the matches in the wake of the tragedy.
Atletico Nacional's stadium wasn't empty on Wednesday night, though. On the night when the match should have been played, the Colombian team held a tribute at the Estadio Atanasio Girardot in Medellin. The club posted video of the homage via Facebook Live:
“As a city we make a posthumous tribute at the Estadio Atanasio Girardot to the legend of Chapecoense,” the Facebook post read.
Fans packed the stands to also pay their respects as the tribute continued well into the night. It's another nice gesture among the many as much of Brazil looks to heal from the unfortunate event. In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, Atletico asked CONMEBOL that the tragedy-struck team be awarded the Copa Sudamericana title.
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