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Heart-stopping finish leaves relegation play-off for Colón, Rafaela

An incredible three-way battle to decide who would become the final Primera División side to be relegated to the Nacional B left Colón de Santa Fe and Atlético Rafaela deadlocked this afternoon, after both teams scored injury-time winners to win their respective games.

With the Sabalero and Crema level on points going into the Final championship's last round, and Godoy Cruz still in danger, any of the three teams could have joined Argentinos Juniors and All Boys in falling into the Nacional B for the upcoming season.

Godoy Cruz assured their place in the top-flight thanks to a 2-1 victory over Racing Club in Mendoza. The Tomba triumph meant that Colón and Rafaela were left to fight out a heart-stopping set of matches, at home to Olimpo and away to Arsenal de Sarandí respectively.

Rafaela believed they were safe from relegation when, deep into injury time, Lucas Albertengo scored to make it 2-1 to the visitors. With Colón drawing 1-1, the Crema celebrated at full time thinking that the Santa Fe side would be going down to the second division.

But there was time for one more twist in the story. A free-kick launched into the area in the 94th minute was fumbled by Olimpo keeper Nereo Champagne, and with every Colón player in the box the ball was eventually prodded home by Lucas Alario to unleash pandemonium in the stadium.

Coach Diego Osella was mobbed by fans invading the pitch, as the Sabalero matched Rafaela's result and, although not quite obtaining safety, at least forced a play-off match to decide who would become the third team going down.

The play-off will be played next Saturday, a one-off match held at a neutral venue.
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