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Brazil’s Chapecoense wins 1st title after air crash

Brazil v Colombia - Friendly Match In Memory of Associacao Chapecoense de Futebol

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JANUARY 25: Brazil and Colombian players pay tribute to Chapecoense players. during a match between Brazil and Colombia as part of Friendly Match In Memory of Associacao Chapecoense de Futebol at Engenhao Stadium on January 25, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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SAO PAULO (AP) Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense has lifted its first title since the air crash that killed 19 of its players in November.

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Chapecoense successfully defended its Santa Catarina state league title on Sunday, despite a 1-0 defeat at home against Avai.

It is Chapecoense’s sixth title in the Santa Catarina league, which is a dress rehearsal for the Brazilian championship that starts next weekend.

The Brazilian team can win another title on Thursday in Colombia, playing in the Recopa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional.

Chapecoense won the first leg 2-1 at home.

The Recopa is between the champions of the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana.

Chapecoense was awarded the Copa Sudamericana after the crash in Medellin killed 71 people.