BATE beats Bavaria

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.


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