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With a roster of free agents, prospects and players on loan from sympathetic teams, the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense clinched a berth last week in the Copa Libertadores, South America's premier tournament. The win over Coritiba—which came on a goal in the 95th minute by Túlio de Melo—was a sweet ending to a most bitter year. On Nov. 28, 2016, 19 Chape players and its entire coaching staff were among the 71 people killed in a plane crash in Colombia (SI, July 24--31). Despite unimaginable heartbreak, the team had its best season ever, finishing eighth in Brazil's Série A. The Copa begins next month.