Chapecoense hero Alan Ruschel returns to the pitch to face Barcelona on emotional night at Camp Nou

It was an emotional evening at the Camp Nou on Monday as Chapecoense faced Barcelona in the annual Joan Gamper Trophy match.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
8th August 2017

article:8th August 2017

Alan Ruschel played his first match since the plane crash which killed 19 of his team-mates as Chapecoense were beaten 5-0 by Barcelona in a friendly at the Nou Camp.

The Brazilian club were invited to play the match in the wake of the tragedy last November, when the plane carrying their team to the Copa Sudamericana final crashed in Colombia.


Ruschel played in the first 35 minutes of the match before leaving the pitch to a standing ovation from supporters and both sets of players.

Two other survivors of the crash which killed a total of 71 people, Jakson Follmann and Neto, also took to the pitch before kick-off as guests of the Catalan club.

Barcelona named a strong line-up for the occasion in what was their first match since the departure of Neymar, with Gerard Deulofeu taking his place up front.

The former Everton man took just six minutes to make an impression as he finished off a pass from Ivan Rakitic.

Sergio Busquets curled in a long-range effort five minutes later to increase Barcelona’s lead and Deulofeu set up Lionel Messi to tap in the third on the half-hour.

Luis Suarez and Denis Suarez added goals in the second half and Paco Alcacer had a late penalty saved on a night in which the result was rendered insignificant.


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Chapecoense hero Alan Ruschel returns to the pitch to face Barcelona on emotional night at Camp Nou

It was an emotional evening at the Camp Nou on Monday as Chapecoense faced Barcelona in the annual Joan Gamper Trophy match.

Neto (C) of Chapecoense cries between teammates Follmann (L) and Alan Ruschel.

Neto (C) of Chapecoense cries between teammates Follmann (L) and Alan Ruschel.

Great to see him on the pitch: Ruschel.

Great to see him on the pitch: Ruschel.

It was a fitting occasion on a warm evening in Catalonia.

It was a fitting occasion on a warm evening in Catalonia.

In the dugout: New boss Ernesto Valverde.

In the dugout: New boss Ernesto Valverde.

Does this man need a caption?

Does this man need a caption?

Luis Suarez in action.

Luis Suarez in action.

Messi ramps up his pre-season preparations.

Messi ramps up his pre-season preparations.

New signing Gerard Deulofeu got on the scoresheet.

New signing Gerard Deulofeu got on the scoresheet.

Barca players applaud Chapecoense stars.

Barca players applaud Chapecoense stars.

A wave to the crowd from Suarez.

A wave to the crowd from Suarez.

Ruschel is honoured at the Joan Gamper Trophy.

Ruschel is honoured at the Joan Gamper Trophy.

The skipper speaks: Andres Iniesta addresses the crowd.

The skipper speaks: Andres Iniesta addresses the crowd.

Barcelona won the annual match 5-0.

Barcelona won the annual match 5-0.