European Cups — equator passed
BATE Borisov and Dinamo Minsk play in Champions League and Europa League group stages respectively
Dinamo fails to prove a match for Villarreal
Playing to the utmost
It was no surprise that BATE Borisov lost to Barcelona 0:3. They hoped only not to disgrace themselves and can be deemed successful, despite failing to score. They played boldly and in an organised manner, without showing too many nerves, which is a move in the right direction.
After the match, BATE’s head coach, Alexander Yermakiovich, asserted, “They played to the utmost. It’s difficult to compete with such a team. We’ve learnt much about true football from the game.” BATE defender Denis Polyakov, added, “We lost 0:3 but we don’t feel ashamed of the game.” After four rounds, BATE is ranked last in its group, with three points, but is still in with a chance of playing in the Europa League.
In the fourth round of the Europa League Group Stage, Dinamo Minsk has lost to Spanish Villarreal at Borisov-Arena — 1:2. The Minskers opened the score, with Maxim Vitus sending the ball into the Spaniards’ net after Fatos Beqiraj’s pass in the 69th minute. It was the first goal for Dinamo in the tournament’s group stage.
However, three minutes later, Villarreal equalised, thanks to a penalty taken by Roberto Soldado, followed by another goal from Soldado in the 86th minute.
Dinamo Minsk has lost its chance now, being ranked last in the tournament table, and not a single point earned.
After the match, the head coach, Vuk Rasovic, noted that his trainees showed ability to play well against a strong rival and shouldn’t have lost to the Spaniards. He blames loss of concentration after taking the lead with the first goal and underlines that his team will try to earn points in its remaining matches, against Viktoria and Rapid. Moreover, he plans to give the squad’s younger players more time on the field.
By Kirill Karin