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Wasteful Madrid cause Schuster concern

Published: Thursday 18 September 2008
Real Madrid CF may have got Group H under way with a defeat of FC BATE Borisov, yet Bernd Schuster felt they eased off and "wasted a great chance to record a brilliant result" against the debutants from Belarus.
Wasteful Madrid cause Schuster concern
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Match statistics

Real MadridBATE

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target10
 
2
Attempts off target12
 
5
Corners9
 
2
Offsides3
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
20
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
1

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Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

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Published: Thursday 18 September 2008

Wasteful Madrid cause Schuster concern

Real Madrid CF may have got Group H under way with a defeat of FC BATE Borisov, yet Bernd Schuster felt they eased off and "wasted a great chance to record a brilliant result" against the debutants from Belarus.

Real Madrid CF may have got their UEFA Champions League campaign under way with a 2-0 home victory against FC BATE Borisov, yet Bernd Schuster felt they eased off and "wasted a great chance to record a brilliant result" against the debutants from Belarus. Viktor Goncharenko was not disheartened by his side's showing, though, and will look for evidence of further progress when BATE lock horns with Juventus and FC Zenit St. Petersburg.

Bernd Schuster, Madrid coach
Seeing the start we made I expected us to score more goals so I am disappointed, although I'm happy that we took the three points. After our first goal we could see BATE could not react, and we needed to have scored a second and third at that point. As it was we had to start all over again. I didn't like the way we eased off. You should ask the players why they did, not me. I didn't want them to. We wasted a great chance to record a brilliant result which would have thrilled the fans even more. Zenit went down to a narrow loss to Juventus and they'll be eager to face us in the next game. If we can get a good result there then we'll have taken a big step forward in this group.

Viktor Goncharenko, BATE coach
We're a modest team and so this result isn't so bad for us. It was natural that we played worse when we went a man down [after Anri Khagush was sent off on 62 minutes]. I can't say anything negative about Madrid. As for us, we have a young team and hope to make progress gradually. Considering this is the first time we've played in a tournament like the Champions League, tonight doesn't seem that bad to me.

Last updated: 18/09/08 1.07CET

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