RIO DE JANEIRO: Boca Juniors were involved in more ugly scenes on Wednesday when the Argentine side's players surrounded the referee to vigorously protest a 1-0 injury-time defeat to Internacional in the Copa Sudamericana.
Goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri was sent off as the entire team, plus officials, remonstrated with Paraguayan referee Carlos Torres following the final whistle of the quart-final first leg in Porto Alegre.
Riot police intervened to protect the beleaguered official and escort him off the field.
The Argentines claimed that Internacional's winner, in the fourth minute of injury-time, was offside and that the referee had only signalled three minutes would be played.
Striker Fernandao sneaked in the far post to fire home for the Brazilians after a free kick eluded a hesitant Boca defence.
Earlier this year, Boca were knocked out of the Libertadores Cup after their quarter-final second leg at home to Guadalajara was abandoned in the 79th minute when a brawl on the field led to a crowd riot.
In Sao Paulo, Brazilian championship leaders Corinthians had only a slender 2-1 lead to show after dominating the match against Mexico's UNAM.
Hugo and Bobo scored in each half as Corinthians appeared set to build a healthy advantage to take to Mexico City, however, Antonio de Nigris headed one back for the Pumas in injury-time. – Reuters
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