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Brazil’s Chapecoense knocked out of South American cup

February 8, 2018

Apodi of Brazil's Chapecoense gestures on his knees to the referee who called his foul against Uruguay's Nacional during a Copa Libertadores soccer match against in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Brazil’s Chapecoense has been knocked out of the prestigious Copa Libertadores after a surprising qualification for the South American cup last year.

The Brazilians lost at Uruguay’s Nacional 1-0 on Wednesday, the same score of the first leg of the pre-group faceoff.

Chapecoense qualified for the tournament only one year after it lost 19 players in an air crash in Colombia in Nov. 2016.

Nacional’s goals in both matches were scored by Santiago Romero. The Uruguayans will play Argentina’s Banfield for a spot in the tournament’s group stage.

The match was surrounded by tension after Chapecoense asked South America’s soccer governing body to expel Nacional from the cup after some of its fans mocked the plane crash in Chapeco.

A banner of Nacional fans in Montevideo apologized for the incident.

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