- Title: Brazil bests Colombia 1-0 in Chapecoense benefit match
- Date: 26th January 2017
- Summary: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (JANUARY 25, 2017) (REUTERS) BRAZIL COACH TITE ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE, TOGETHER WITH COLOMBIA'S COACH JOSE PEKERMAN VARIOUS OF TITE DURING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZIL COACH TITE, SAYING: "It's our job, we tried our best. More than anything, I'm interested in the legacy rather than the result. That loyalty that was carried into the field made a match that had another dimension. It had a much more human dimension than a competitive one. Thanks Pekerman, thank you very much." TITE AND PEKERMAN DURING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) COLOMBIA'S COACH JOSE PEKERMAN, SAYING: "The objective is to thank the Brazilian team as well as Colombia, to express to all the people solidarity for everything they suffered in this event." VARIOUS OF TITE AND PEKERMAN LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE VARIOUS OF CHAPECOENSE TEAM BANNERS
- Embargoed: 9th February 2017 15:26
- Keywords: Brazil soccer Chapecoense Colombia
- Location: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- City: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Air Accidents,Disaster/Accidents
- Reuters ID: LVA00160PXLJ7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Brazil defeated Colombia 1-0 on Wednesday (January 25) in a benefit match for the families of those killed in the November Chapecoense air tragedy.
However, only 18,695 people turned out for the match in the 45,000-capacity Nilton Santos stadium for what was billed as "The Friendship Game."
The game, played less than two months after the tragedy, was another emotional night for players and fans.
Brazil coach, Tite, told a post-match news conference he was happy with the message carried on to the field.
"It's our job, we tried our best. More than anything, I'm interested in the legacy rather than the result. That loyalty that was carried into the field made a match that had another dimension. It had a much more human dimension than a competitive one. Thanks Pekerman, thank you very much," Tite said.
Colombia's Coach Jose Pekerman, said the game intended to show solidarity with the victims.
"The objective is to thank the Brazilian team as well as Colombia, to express to all the people solidarity for everything they suffered in this event," Pekerman said.
Only six of the 77 people on board the Lamia flight carrying the Chapecoense team to Colombia for their Copa Sudamericana final survived the crash on November 28.
Four of the survivors were Brazilians, three players and a radio commentator, and all four were introduced to fans before the game.
One of them, goalkeeper Jackson Follmann, was in a wheelchair after having part of his leg amputated as a result of the crash. The other two players, Neto and Alan Ruschel, have returned to training and hope to play again later this year.
The players, along with commentator Rafael Henzel, received commemorative plates before the game and stood with the teams as they sang the national anthems.
Globo, Brazil's biggest media company, said sponsors would guarantee at least 3.8 million reais ($1.2 million) to the families of those affected by the crash.
The game was played with only home based players from both sides, meaning the likes of Barcelona's Neymar and Real Madrid's James Rodriguez were not present.
Palmeiras striker Dudu got the only goal of the game two minutes into the second half when he headed home from close range after Fagner's cross rebounded to him.
Brazil won the match to record their seventh consecutive victory under coach Tite.
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