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One of the most successful clubs in Colombian football have dropped out of the top division for the first time in its 84-year history

Colombian side America de Cali have dropped out of the Categoria Primera A for the first time in club history, losing 5-4 on penalties to Patriotas.

The club, known as the Red Devils, lost to Categoria Primera B champions Patriotas in the cruellest way, after the scores were level at 2-2 on aggregate.

With the first leg finishing 1-1, America had a chance to remain in the top flight in the second leg. A goal by striker Jairo Castillo five minutes into the second half put the the Red Devils ahead, but Patriotas managed an equaliser, sending the game to penalty kicks.

But Castillo turned from hero to villain as he missed his spot kick and Jaime Cordoba also failed, sealing the club's fate.

America are tied with rivals Millonarios for the most league titles with 13, and were runners-up in the Copa Libertadores for three consecutive years between 1985 and 1987.

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