FC BATE Borisov survived an onslaught from FH Hafnarfjördur at the Gradski Stadium to book their place in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round for the first time in their history.
Leading 3-1 from the first leg in Iceland, the Belarussian champions looked to be in control until Tryggvi Gudmundsson earned a penalty just after the half-hour. He picked himself up to score from the spot, and with both teams reduced to ten men by the interval, an open second period ensued before Pavel Platonov equalised in injury time. The draw sealed a 4-2 aggregate victory for BATE.
If the late goal sent the home crowd into raptures, they had had hearts in mouths for much of the encounter. A tepid game had burst into life on 33 minutes when Anri Khagush brought down Gudmundsson inside the area. The striker stepped up to give Hafnarfjördur the lead, and by half-time Vitali Radzionov and Audjun Helgason had seen red after a scuffle. As the match wore on, Hafnarfjördur poured forward but they could not find the goal to make it 3-3 on aggregate. Instead twins Dmitri and Pavel Platonov, both on as substitutes, combined to secure BATE a date with FC Steaua Bucuresti.
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