Given this friendly had been billed as Juan Sebastián Verón’s comeback, the fact that La Brujita didn’t feature was slightly anticlimactic. Nelson Vivas’ side were second best to Bayer Leverkusen for large parts of the match in Florida but went ahead against the run of play when Elías Umeres slid in Carlos Auzqui’s low cross after 32 minutes.
The Bundesliga side had a chance to equalise before half time when Leandro González Pirez was penalised for handball but Mariano Andújar, on what could be his final appearance for the club, saved Javier Hernández’s weak penalty.
Rodrigo Braña was sent off just before the break and with the man advantage Sarn Schreck, Leverkusen forced an equaliser and sent the match to penalties.
Misses from Matías Aguirregaray and Lucas Diarte handed it to Leverkusen.
Estudiantes 1 – 1 Bayer Leverkusen (2-4 on pens)