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BATE and Sturm pushing for group stage return

Published: Monday 8 August 2011, 21.45CET
Group-stage participants in 2008, FC BATE Borisov meet Austrian opposition for the first time in UEFA competition when they host SK Sturm Graz, themselves no strangers to that phase.
BATE and Sturm pushing for group stage return
Renan Bressan and BATE got the better of Ekranas (in red) in the previous round ©Valdas Knyzelis

Tournament statistics

BATESturm

Goals scored9
 
7
Attempts on target28
 
25
Attempts off target58
 
26
Corners35
 
19
Offsides17
 
18
Fouls committed79
 
81
Yellow cards15
 
13
Red cards1
 
0
 
Published: Monday 8 August 2011, 21.45CET

BATE and Sturm pushing for group stage return

Group-stage participants in 2008, FC BATE Borisov meet Austrian opposition for the first time in UEFA competition when they host SK Sturm Graz, themselves no strangers to that phase.

FC BATE Borisov will look to secure a second UEFA Champions League group stage campaign against an SK Sturm Graz side who have had their moments in Europe's top club competition.

Previous meetings
• The teams have never met in UEFA competition and BATE have never played against an Austrian side.

• Sturm, under current coach Franco Foda, met FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk in the second round of the 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup, winning 2-0 at home and drawing 0-0 away. Defender Ferdinand Feldhofer, still a Sturm player, scored the opening goal of the tie, while Andreas Hölzl and Sandro Foda also featured.

• That was one of only two UEFA club ties to have pitted sides from Austria and Belarus together; in the other, FC Dinamo Minsk beat FK Austria Wien home and away in the 1995/96 UEFA Cup first round.

Match background
• BATE are unbeaten in six European games (two wins and four draws) since losing 3-0 at AZ Alkmaar in their final 2010/11 UEFA Europa League group-stage encounter.

• Viktor Goncharenko's BATE have lost only once at home in their last nine European matches, FC Dynamo Kyiv beating them 4-1 in Minsk in last season's UEFA Europa League group stage.

• BATE have gone five games without defeat at their own Gorodskoi Stadium, but tend to play higher-profile fixtures in the capital's Dinamo Stadium.

• Sturm have gone seven games without an away win (three draws, four defeats) since a 1-0 success at FC Metalist Kharkiv in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League play-offs on 27 August 2009.

• Sturm have won four of their last five continental home matches, a 2-1 loss to Juventus in last season's UEFA Europa League play-offs the only blemish.

• BATE have drawn their last three European away games.

• Belarusian champions for the fifth successive season, BATE are eyeing a return to the group stage after making their only previous appearance in 2008/09.

• BATE booked their place in the play-offs courtesy of aggregate victories against Linfield FC (3-0) and FK Ekranas (3-1), 12 months after losing out in the third qualifying round to FC København.

• That defeat pushed BATE into the UEFA Europa League play-offs, where they accounted for CS Marítimo 5-1 over the two legs. Though they then finished as runners-up in Group E, their campaign ended with an away-goals defeat (2-2) by Paris Saint-Germain FC in the round of 32.

• Sturm have not played in the UEFA Champions League group stage since their three successive campaigns from 1998/99 to 2000/01.

• They were bottom of their group in the first of those seasons, and finished third in 1999/2000, but their 2000/01 performance under Ivica Osim was more successful; they finished top of their section with ten points to reach the second group stage, where they bowed out as the third-placed side behind Valencia CF and Manchester United FC.

• All three of their group appearances followed successes in qualifying; indeed up until their 2002/03 third qualifying round exit against Maccabi Haifa FC, they had not lost in four UEFA Champions League qualifying ties.

• Victories against Videoton FC (agg: 4-3) and FC Zestafoni (agg: 2-1) in this season's competition mean Sturm have lost only once in seven qualifying ties in Europe's top club competition.

Team ties
• Yegor Filipenko, Pavel Nekhaychik and Maksim Skavysh played against Haris Bukva in Belarus' 2-1 victory against Austria in a 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier, Filipenko scoring the winning goal.

Last updated: 13/08/11 13.04CET

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