Argentina's River Plate lose historic relegation fight
One of the great clubs of South American football, River Plate, have been relegated from the Argentine first division for the first time in their 110-year history.
River needed to win by two clear goals to escape dropping to the country's "B" league.
But the team managed only a 1-1 draw against Belgrano de Cordoba.
The match, held in River's stadium in Buenos Aires, had to be abandoned in the final minute, amid chaotic scenes.
Police fired water hoses at the stands, following a pitch invasion by furious River fans.
The game took place amid unparalleled security, involving more than 2,000 police.
River Plate's fans break a fence ahead of a pitch invasion, during the first leg in Cordoba, Argentina (22 June 2011) River Plate's fans break a fence ahead of a pitch invasion, during the first leg
River, who had gone 1-0 up in the first half, saw their lead slip in the second half, after a well-taken Belgrano goal.
Then River's forward, Mariano Pavone, had a penalty saved, to the stunned reaction of some 50,000 home fans.
River, the club that's won more domestic titles than any other, was one of only three clubs never to have dropped out of the first division.
Many commentators have described it as a drop into the "abyss" for a club of River's pedigree.
In recent weeks, River's fans have reacted angrily to a string of poor results, demanding the resignation of the club's president, Daniel Passarella.
It has been a steep fall from grace for Passarella, the man who captained Argentina's World Cup winning squad in 1978.
He was idolised by River's supporters when he played for club.
River's decline on the pitch has been mirrored by financial problems -- nicknamed the "millionaires", the club is currently carrying an estimated $19m (£12m) of debts.