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Steaua suffer late setback in Belarus

Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 0.15CET
FC BATE Borisov 2-2 FC Steaua Bucuresti Gennadi Bliznyuk's late leveller left the tie poised and BATE dreaming of a first group stage berth for Belarus.
by Denis Orlov
from Borisov

Match statistics

BATESteaua

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 0.15CET

Steaua suffer late setback in Belarus

FC BATE Borisov 2-2 FC Steaua Bucuresti Gennadi Bliznyuk's late leveller left the tie poised and BATE dreaming of a first group stage berth for Belarus.

FC BATE Borisov's dream of becoming the first club from Belarus to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage remains alive after Gennadi Bliznyuk struck three minutes into added time to leave their tie against FC Steaua Bucuresti level at 2-2 going into the return in Romania in two weeks.

Late drama
Playing among such revered company for the first time, BATE had to overcome early nerves during a first half in which defender Artyom Radkov fired them into a 43rd-minute lead. Yet with Steaua having won all five of their competitive matches this season going into this third qualifying round first leg at the Gradski Stadium, one goal was never going to be enough. So it proved as Dorin Goian (58) and Nicolae Dică (84) found the net for Gheorghe Hagi's visitors before Bliznyuk's late strike.

Experience

Group-stage contenders last term, Steaua were quick to make their experience tell in Borisov and Adrian Neaga would have opened the scoring on nine minutes had home goalkeeper Aleksandr Fedorovich not produced a terrific save to deny the forward. Twins Dmitri and Pavel Platonov grew in confidence as BATE settled, and captain Aleksandr Ermakovich volleyed just over before Fedorovich frustrated Dică from another set-piece. The next dead ball was to prove decisive, though: Igor Stasevich curling a free-kick into the box where Radkov reacted to make it 1-0 to BATE.

Impressive Dică
Chances were at a premium early in the second half, and it took a set-piece headed in by Goian for Steaua to strike as the hour approached. Suddenly the visitors were more urgent, and Bănel Nicoliţă hit a post before Fedorovich tipped away a goal-bound effort from Dică. The Romanian international was not to be denied with six minutes to go, however, as he whipped in a fine free-kick – but neither were BATE. Bliznyuk profited from yet another precise Stasevich set-piece to send the locals home happy.

Last updated: 30/01/12 6.07CET

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Lineups

bate

BATE

steaua

Steaua

9
BliznyukGennadi Bliznyuk
Goal90+2
26
CroitoruMarius Croitoru
Substitution53
1
FedorovichAleksandr Fedorovich (GK)
10
DicăNicolae Dică
Goal85
21
FilipenkoEgor Filipenko
3
GoianDorin Goian
Goal60
24
KazantsevVitali Kazantsev
4
GolańskiPaweł Golański
Yellow Card86
14
KhagushAnri Khagush
Yellow Card7
18
MarinPetre Marin
2
LikhtarovichDmitri Likhtarovich
Substitution53
25
NeagaAdrian Neaga
8
PlatonovDmitri Platonov
16
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
Substitution73
5
PlatonovPavel Platonov
Substitution82
5
RadaIonuţ Rada
Substitution59
4
RadkovArtem Radkov
Goal39
6
RădoiMirel Rădoi (C)
Yellow Card29
22
StasevichIgor Stasevich
1
ZapataRobinson Zapata (GK)
7
ErmakovichAleksandr Ermakovich (C)
Substitution68
23
PleşanMihăiţă Pleşan
Yellow Card56

Substitutes

10
KrivetsSergei Krivets
Substitution53
7
BicfalviEric Bicfalvi
Substitution53
35
PankratovBoris Pankratov (GK)
20
LovinFlorin Lovin
Substitution59
6
RadevichValentin Radevich
15
NeşuMihai Neşu
16
SakharovAnton Sakharov
8
O.PetreOvidiu Petre
15
ZhavnerchikMaksim Zhavnerchik
Substitution68
82
VatcaCosmin Vatca (GK)
17
SivakovMikhail Sivakov
Substitution82
30
ZahariaDorel Zaharia
Substitution73
11
VishnyakovAleksandr Vishnyakov
29
BădoiValentin Bădoi

Coach

Igor Kryushenko (BLR) Gheorghe Hagi (ROU)

Referee

Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Assistant referees

Luca Maggiani (ITA), Cristina Cini (ITA)

Fourth official

Oscar Girardi (ITA)

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