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BATE make history for Belarus

Published: Thursday 28 August 2008, 0.30CET
FC BATE Borisov 1-1 PFC Levski Sofia (agg: 2-1)
Ten-man BATE Borisov held off Levski to become the first Belarussian team to earn a place among the élite.
by Dennis Orlov
BATE make history for Belarus
BATE coach Viktor Goncharenko ©Pressball

Match statistics

BATELevski

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards5
 
3
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 28 August 2008, 0.30CET

BATE make history for Belarus

FC BATE Borisov 1-1 PFC Levski Sofia (agg: 2-1)
Ten-man BATE Borisov held off Levski to become the first Belarussian team to earn a place among the élite.

FC BATE Borisov have become the first Belarussian side to qualify for the UEFA Champions League proper after drawing 1-1 with PFC Levski Sofia to advance 2-1 on aggregate.

Lucrative victory
BATE were reduced to ten men following the 43rd-minute dismissal of Gennadi Bliznyuk but held on to secure their place in the lucrative group stage. In an eventful first half Sergei Sosnovski opened the scoring for the hosts after 14 minutes, doubling BATE's lead following their 1-0 victory in Bulgaria a fortnight ago, and though Vladimir Gadjev equalised seven minutes before half-time, Levski were unable to press home their numerical advantage.

Sosnovski strikes
BATE had begun their quest in the first qualifying round, seeing off Valur Reykjavík then RSC Anderlecht to set up this third qualifying round meeting with Levski. BATE's first-leg success in Sofia came as a surprise but they quickly built on that platform at the Gradski stadium. Though the visitors enjoyed the better of the early exchanges, the home team struck first against the run of play when Sosnovski pounced on an error by Levski goalkeeper Daniel Kiss to head in Igor Stasevich's cross.

Bliznyuk off
The goal knocked Levski out of their stride yet they recovered sufficiently to draw level in the 38th minute. BATE were unable to clear a centre from the right and when the ball fell to Gadjev on the edge of the area he fired a fierce shot beyond 19-year-old goalkeeper Aleksandr Gutor and into the roof of the net. Five minutes later BATE's woes were compounded by the dismissal of Bliznyuk who was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Kiss. Despite their numerical superiority, however, Levski struggled to create clear chances after the interval, leaving the capacity 6,000 crowd to celebrate at the final whistle.

Last updated: 28/08/08 10.47CET

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Lineups

bate

BATE

levski

Levski

30
GutorAleksandr Gutor (GK)
Yellow Card90+1
29
KissDaniel Kiss (GK)
3
SosnovskiSergei Sosnovski
Goal14
3
MilanovZhivko Milanov
14
KhagushAnri Khagush
5
RabehYoussef Rabeh
32
RzhevskiVladimir Rzhevski
23
BystroňDavid Bystroň
55
YurevichAleksandr Yurevich
25
Lucio WagnerLucio Wagner
Substitution62
2
LikhtarovichDmitri Likhtarovich (C)
Substitution56
45
GadzhevVladimir Gadzhev
Goal38
Yellow Card90+4
10
KrivetsSergei Krivets
Substitution71
18
IvanovMiroslav Ivanov
Substitution67
17
SivakovMikhail Sivakov
Yellow Card64
Substitution84
21
Zé SoaresZé Soares
22
StasevichIgor Stasevich
24
N. DimitrovNikolay Dimitrov
9
BliznyukGennadi Bliznyuk
Yellow Card1
Red Card43
9
G. IvanovGeorgi Ivanov (C)
Substitution73
20
RodionovVitali Rodionov
Yellow Card65
11
G. HristovGeorgi Hristov
Yellow Card90+3

Substitutes

12
StepanovRoman Stepanov (GK)
31
T. DimitrovTsvetan Dimitrov (GK)
13
NekhaychikPavel Nekhaychik
Substitution84
14
V. MinevVeselin Minev
Substitution62
Yellow Card90
15
ZhavnerchikMaksim Zhavnerchik
Substitution71
22
TasevskiDarko Tasevski
8
A. VolodkoAleksandr Volodko
Substitution56
10
JoãozinhoJoãozinho
5
MirchevVladislav Mirchev
6
TiberkanineRachid Tiberkanine
Substitution67
11
SkavyshMaksim Skavysh
7
Jean CarlosJean Carlos
Substitution73
24
KazantsevVitali Kazantsev
30
BaltanovLachezar Baltanov

Coach

Viktor Goncharenko (BLR) Velislav Vutsov (BUL)

Referee

Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Assistant referees

Bernhard Zauner (AUT), Armin Eder (AUT)

Fourth official

Dietmar Drabek (AUT)

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