Table-topping Chapecoense defies the odds

Reuters

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When Chapecoense’s team plane crashed on its way to the Copa Sudamericana in November, the club lost most of its players, the coach and any hope of challenging in Brazil’s top flight in the new season.

However, Chape rallied in adversity, pulling together a team of loan players who have inspired the club to top spot and an unbeaten start to the season.

Sure we're only three games in, but its blistering start to the new season offers a glimmer of hope to its grieving fans.

Three games down, 35 to go for Verdao and it starts with Friday morning’s (AEST) clash with Cruzeiro which you can watch LIVE on beIN SPORTS.