On October 1, 2012 Belarusian football club BATE Barysau beat Munich “Bavaria” in the group stage of the Champions League. The match ended in Minsk with the score 3-1 in favour of the hosts.
“BATE is the whole-hearted team which longs for victories and further improvement. We are on the right track. For the last 1,5-2 months we have speeded up our playing. And as a result now there are more moments goalwards. When playing with such grandees as Bavaria it is impossible to win without certain luck, without certain underestimation [on the part of rivals – Belsat],” Viktar Hancharenka, BATE head coach, said at the press conference after the match.
Goals from Aliaksandr Paulau, Vitali Radyonau and Renan Bressan gave the Belarusian club a famous victory and all the Bavarians had to show for their efforts was Franck Ribery’s goal to pull the score back to 2-1 in the closing stages. The victory took BATE to the top of Group F.
“That is not to say that the coast was clear before and after the first goal scored; only after the third goal had been shot it was apparent that we were at the finish,” Hancharenka said.
Bavaria coaches put their team’s defeat down to a coherent BATE play in defence, and when Bavarians were trying to strengthen themselves by substitutions, the Barysau club’s counter-attacks became more effective.
“There are no weak competitors in the Champions League and BATE team proved it once more. I believe them to stand a good chance. As for us, we will keep on fighting: down but not out!” Josef Heynckes, the manager of Bayern Munich, pointed out at the press conference.