Copa Sudamericana: Rubbish River Plate lose to San Lorenzo; Cerro Porteno take the upper hand over Botafogo

River Plate 0 – San Lorenzo 1 (Copa Sudamericana, October 21, 2009) After a goalless first half, San Lorenzo midfielder Juan Manuel Torres was sent off eight minutes into the second period for a bad tackle on Jorge Zambrana. But Uruguayan defender Pablo Pintos’ 70th minute header nevertheless secured the win which puts Diego Simeone’s side in pole position ahead of the second leg.

Cerro Porteno 2 – Botafogo 1 (Copa Sudamericana, October 21, 2009) Paraguayan’s Cerro Porteno took the lead in the 33rd minute when Carlos Recalde connected with a Julio Irrazabal cross. Parity was restored 12 minutes after the interval as Reinaldo fired past Diego Barreto. Botafogo then lost midfielder Leo Silva was sent off for a foul on Recalde and Emerson for holding Roberto Nanni in the box, resulting in a penalty that Nanni squeezed past goalkeeper Jefferson. Recalde became the third player to be dismissed in stoppage time following a challenge on Reinaldo.