One step away from play-offs

Borisov’s BATE defeats Ireland’s Dundalk in first match of third qualifying round of Champions League, with minimal gap
Interestingly, a year ago, the two teams met in the Champions League. In 2015, Alexander Yermakovich’s team proved stronger across two matches, winning the home match 2:1 and drawing 0:0 away.

This time, Borisov’s players again celebrated success, winning 1:0, showing a clear advantage, despite only one actual goal. They attacked strongly, meeting good defence from Ireland. The most dangerous moment for BATE came around 45 minutes into the game, when Dundalk made a promising counter-attack, attempting to send the ball into Sergey Veremko’s net. Fortunately, the BATE goalkeeper repelled the attack.

BATE defeats Dundalk

Reserves were brought in for the second half, securing victory for BATE. In the 70th minute, newly brought-on halfback Mikhail Gordeichuk took a pass from Alexander Hleb (also newly on the pitch) to send the ball into Gary Rogers’ net, taking the score to 1:0. The famous halfback, who recently returned to the Borisov team, marked his 100th Eurocup match, and broke his series of 35 no-result matches.

BATE had more chances to score than their guests for the rest of the match, but neither team did so. In fact, the Borisov goal never once came under true fire. 

By Igor Svitov

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