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Banfield relegated as Arsenal de Sarandi lift Clausura title

Banfield relegated as Arsenal de Sarandi lift Clausura title

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A goal from Lisandro Lopez sealed the Arse's first-ever top-flight title, pipping Tigre to the top while San Lorenzo's win condemns the Taladro to Nacional

Arsenal de Sarandi fans are celebrating an historic first ever Primera Division title in Argentina, as the side directed by Gustavo Alfaro held on to beat Belgrano and become champions of the 2012 Clausura.

A solitary first-half goal from Lisandro Lopez was enough to guarantee the club a 1-0 victory over Belgrano, and snatch the title away from Tigre on a gripping end to the season. The Matador gave themselves a chance at playing their top of the table rivals in a tie-break when they took an early lead against Independiente in Victoria, but were pegged back and in the end had to settle for a 2-2 draw which leaves them two points behind Arsenal.

There was a silver lining for Rodolfo Arruabuena's men, however. Still fighting against relegation on the final day, Tigre were assured another season in the Primera A thanks to San Lorenzo's 3-1 victory over San Martin de San Juan, which sends both to a promocion play-off against Instituto and Central respectively.

Banfield, meanwhile, will join the already-relegated Olimpo in Nacional B. The Buenos Aires side collapsed 3-0 at the hands of Colon in a match memorable for being the last professional appearance for Esteban Fuertes before the veteran striker retires. 'Bichi' marked the occasion with a double strike in a game marred by crowd trouble, and which was eventually abandoned after 37 minutes of the second half.

Elsewhere in an incredible finale to the season, with seven games kicking off at the same time due to implications in the title and relegation fight, Boca Juniors relinquished any hope of taking the Clausura as a reserve team went down 3-1 to All Boys. Rafaela came from behind to defeat Godoy Cruz 3-1 and confirm their place in the Primera, while Union also secured the draw they needed to stay up in an entertaining 2-2 tie against Estudiantes.

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