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Match facts: BATE v Valencia

Published: Saturday 20 October 2012, 2.45CET
Match facts: BATE v Valencia
BATE dominated the Belarus side that beat Georgia ©Pressball
Published: Saturday 20 October 2012, 2.45CET

Match facts: BATE v Valencia


UEFA Champions League statistics
• BATE have won their first two Group F fixtures, having failed to triumph in any of their previous 12.

• Aleksandr Hleb has made 84 appearances in UEFA club competition, a Belarusian record. BATE captain Dmitri Likhtarovich is one behind. Vitali Rodionov is Belarus' top scorer in UEFA club competition with 17 goals.

• Andrei Gorbunov, Maksim Bordachev and Marko Simić have played all 720 minutes of BATE's UEFA Champions League campaign.

• Aleksandr Pavlov's next yellow card will incur a ban.

International duty
• BATE provided seven of Belarus' starting XI for their 2-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying win against Georgia on 16 October: Renan Bressan, Bordachev, Yegor Filipenko, Hleb, Rodionov, Pavlov and Denis Polyakov. An eighth BATE player, Aleksandr Volodko, replaced goalscorer Bressan with five minutes left.

• Four days earlier Hleb, Rodionov, Bordachev, Filipenko and Volodko started the 4-0 defeat by Spain; Bressan came on as a substitute at the Dinamo Stadion.

• BATE's 18-game unbeaten run in all competitions, since their 3-1 defeat by FC Dinamo Minsk on 1 July, ended on 13 October when they lost 1-0 at home to FC Torpedo Zhodino in the third round of the Belarusian Cup. Simić was sent off in the first half.

• Andrei Gorbunov has kept 17 clean sheets in 31 appearances this season.


UEFA Champions League statistics
• The 2-0 win against LOSC Lille on matchday two was Valencia's 100th European Cup game.

• Valencia have had just five shots so far, the joint lowest total in the competition, but three resulted in goals.

• Adil Rami is back after serving a one-game ban following his red card on matchday one.

International duty
• Valencia had eight players on senior international duty last week: Diego Alves (Brazil), João Pereira (Portugal), Fernando Gago (Argentina), Andrés Guardado (Mexico), Valdez (Paraguay), Roberto Soldado (Spain), Rami (France) and Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria).

• Diego Alves extended his run of international clean sheets to six as Brazil beat Iraq (6-0) and Japan (4-0).

• Guardado was on target as Mexico beat Guyana 5-0 in FIFA World Cup qualifying on 12 October.

• Feghouli was in the Algeria side that beat Libya 2-0 on 14 October to seal a 3-0 aggregate triumph and book a place in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

• Éver Banega was a late substitute in Saturday's 3-2 win against Athletic Club, his first appearance since breaking his leg after leaving the handbrake off his car at a petrol station on 19 February.

• Banega had returned to action in a 4-0 friendly victory over fourth-tier Ribarroja CF on 12 October alongside David Albelda, out since tearing his hamstring in training on 11 September. Albelda was an unused substitute against Athletic.

• Despite Saturday's last-gasp win, Valencia are enduring their worst start to a Liga campaign since 1999/2000 – when they reached the UEFA Champions League final before losing to Real Madrid CF.

• Pablo Piatti is set to be out for much of the group stage after fracturing his right arm in training on 7 September.

• Sergio Canales has not been included in Valencia's UEFA Champions League squad as he recovers from an anterior cruciate ligament problem sustained last season.

Last updated: 20/10/12 22.08CET

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