Player sent off for grabbing ref's card as Botafogo lose

Updated: November 5, 2008, 9:54 PM ET
Reuters

By Brian Homewood

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 5 - Botafogo defender Andre Luis was sent off for grabbing the referee's yellow card as the Brazilian side were knocked out of the Copa Sudamericana by Argentina's Estudiantes on Wednesday.

Estudiantes went through 4-2 on aggregate after holding out for a 2-2 draw in a bad-tempered quarter-final second leg at the Joao Havelange stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Estudiantes got the perfect start when Marcos Angeleri scored with a shot into the far corner from the edge of the area after three minutes.

Juan Salgeiro doubled the visitors' lead when he scored from the edge of the penalty box in the 33rd minute.

Botafogo enjoyed a brief revival when Lucio Flavio pulled one back from a penalty in the 58th minute and Andre Luis equalised soon afterwards.

But their hopes evaporated in the 68th minute following a brawl in which Andre Luis, who earlier this year was frog-marched out of the stadium by police after being sent off in a Brazilian championship match against Nautico, was booked.

The enraged defender then snatched the yellow card from referee Carlos Chandia and was promptly sent off.

Estudiantes captain Juan Sebastian Veron was the victim of an apparent witch-hunt as Botafogo tempers frayed and their players took it in turns to foul him.

At one stage, Botafogo midfielder Carlos Alberto knocked Veron to the ground and poked his finger in the Argentine's eye but the referee took no action.

Veron was substituted in the 85th minute, apparently to save him further punishment.

Argentinos Juniors completed a double for Argentina over Brazil when they beat Palmeiras 2-0 in Buenos Aires for a 3-0 aggregate win in the evening's other tie.

Uruguayan defender Andres Scotti and Nicolas Pavlovich headed the Argentinos goals in the first 20 minutes.

The tournament is the region's equivalent of the UEFA Cup.

(Editing by Ed Osmond))

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