Lyon announce football friendly against Chapecoense

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Rio de Janeiro, Aug 2 (IANS) French Ligue 1 outfit Lyon has announced a football friendly match against tragedy-stricken Brazilian club Chapecoense next week.

The fixture comes just over eight months after 19 Chapecoense players were among the 71 killed in a plane crash in Colombia, reports Xinhua news agency.

“It is with great pleasure that (we) accept Chapecoense’s request to come to play a friendly next week,” Lyon said in a statement on their official website on Tuesday.

Defender Alan Ruschel is expected to play his first match since the accident by lining up against Barcelona.

–IANS

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