BUENOS AIRES Oct 21 Midfielder Juan Sebastian
Veron was on target as Estudiantes beat Botafogo 2-0 in the
first leg of their Copa Sudamericana quarter-final on Tuesday
despite having a player sent off early in the game.
The Argentines were reduced to 10 men after only 18 minutes
when defender Agustin Alayes was dismissed for a second yellow
card, awarded for a foul on Wellington Paulista.
Botafogo should have gone ahead in first half stoppage-time
but Wellington Paulista missed an open goal after rounding the
Instead, the Brazilians, beaten 4-2 by nine-man River Plate
on their previous visit to Argentina last year, fell behind in
the 56th minute when goalkeeper Juan Castillo mis-judged a
corner and Mauro Boselli scored at the far post.
Former Manchester United and Lazio midfielder Veron rifled
in a second six minutes later with a shot from outside the
Two minutes later, Botafogo captain Tulio was sent off,
apparently for something he said to referee Carlos Amarilla.
The tournament is the region's equivalent of Europe's UEFA
(Reporting by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ed Osmond))