South American football giant Colo-Colo narrowly avoids relegation after nerve-shredding playoff

    Colo-Colo players and staff celebrate the win over Universidad de Concepcion.

    (CNN)You could have been forgiven for thinking that the jubilant scenes on the pitch were part of a trophy celebration. There were hugs and tears -- and lots of them.

    But Colo-Colo, Chile's biggest and most successful club, hadn't won anything at all. In fact, they had just managed to stay in the country's top division after a nerve-shredding playoff.
    On Wednesday, the team found itself in an unprecedented position and was one game away from being relegated to Chile's second tier -- the 'Primera B' -- for the first time in its 96-year history.
      Though the parallels are by no means exact, it would be something similar to seeing Manchester United relegated from the Premier League or Real Madrid from La Liga.
      In Wedneday's relegation playoff against Universidad de Concepcion, Colo-Colo eked out a 1-0 win thanks to teenager Pablo Solari, on loan from Argentine side Talleres de Cordoba, and maintained its place in the top tier by the skin of its teeth.
      Pablo Solari celebrates after giving Colo-Colo the lead.