Chapecoense knocked out of Copa Libertadores by Nacional

MONTEVIDEO -- Brazil's Chapecoense have been knocked out of the prestigious Copa Libertadores after a surprising qualification for the South American cup last year.

The Brazilians lost to Uruguay's Nacional 1-0 on Wednesday, the same score of the first leg in the pre-group match.

Chapecoense qualified for the tournament only one year after they lost 19 players in an air crash in Colombia in November 2016.

Nacional's goals in both matches were scored by Santiago Romero. The Uruguayan club will play Argentina's Banfield for a spot in the tournament's group stage.

The match was surrounded by tension, as Chapecoense asked South America's soccer governing body CONMEBOL to expel Nacional from the cup after some of their fans mocked the plane crash in Chapeco. A banner of Nacional fans in Montevideo apologised for the incident.