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Brazil's Chapecoense players leave the field after losing a Copa Libertadores soccer match 3-0 to Uruguay's Nacional in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

Brazil's Chapecoense won its first title since the plane crash that killed 19 players


Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense has won its first title since the air crash that killed 19 of its players in November.

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.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

The team's success has been met with praise on social media.

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