Thursday 19 October 2017

Chelsea stars play touching tribute to Brazilian plane crash victims during their win at Man City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Willian (R) of Chelsea holds up the black armband to commemorate the victims of the plane crash involving the Brazilian club Chapecoense along with his team mate David Luiz after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Willian (R) of Chelsea holds up the black armband to commemorate the victims of the plane crash involving the Brazilian club Chapecoense along with his team mate David Luiz after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Callum Davis

Chelsea's Brazilian contingent paid a touching tribute to the members of Chapeceonse who lost their lives in the Colombia plane crash.

77 people in all lost their lives in the plane crash in the mountains of Medellin, Colombia.

19 players from Brazilian league side Chapecoense were killed in the crash which is believed to have been caused by fuel problems.

A minute's silence was held at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon before Manchester City's Premier League clash with Chelsea.

Chelsea's matchday squad contained a number of Brazilian nationals and the club wore black armbands with 'Chapecoense' on them to pay their respects to the grief-stricken club.

Diego Costa, who equalised for Chelsea after Gary Cahill's own goal had put the home side ahead, pointed to his black armband in the ensuing goal celebrations.

Costa was born in Lagarto, Brazil, but has since declared to play for the Spanish national team after becoming eligible by completing the required period of residency.

Just ten minutes after Costa had equalised for Chelsea at the Etihad Willian broke away on the counterattack to give Antonio Conte's side a surprise lead.

Willian took the opportunity to pay tribute to his fallen countrymen by holding the armbands aloft with his compatriot, David Luiz.

"I want to dedicate this win to the people who died in Brazil," he told Sky Sports.

"It was difficult to get my head together as I had some friends there. We just need to pray for the victim's families."

Uruguayan Edinson Cavani received a yellow card earlier this week after taking off his shirt to reveal a T-shirt tribute to Chapecoense.

Eden Hazard scored on the counterattack late on at the Etihad to put the game to bed and secure Chelsea's eight successive Premier League win.

The victory moved Antonio Conte's side four points clear at the top of the table.

Telegraph.co.uk

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