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BATE stun Vardar to snatch last-gasp victory

Published: Wednesday 18 July 2012, 20.53CET
FC BATE Borisov 3-2 FK Vardar
Staring at defeat, Vitali Rodionov scored twice in added time to complete a remarkable comeback for Viktor Goncharenko's side.
by Denis Orlov
from Gorodskoi Stadion
BATE stun Vardar to snatch last-gasp victory
Maksim Bordachev (centre) in action for BATE ©Pressball

Match statistics

BATEVardar

Goals scored3
 
2
on target10
 
4
off target7
 
5
Corners6
 
2
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
16
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 18 July 2012, 20.53CET

BATE stun Vardar to snatch last-gasp victory

FC BATE Borisov 3-2 FK Vardar
Staring at defeat, Vitali Rodionov scored twice in added time to complete a remarkable comeback for Viktor Goncharenko's side.

FC BATE Borisov were staring at defeat before Vitali Rodionov's added-time double secured an unlikely UEFA Champions League second qualifying round first-leg victory against FK Vardar.

It looked business as usual when Dmitri Mozolevski gave last season's group stage participants a 41st-minute lead, but they soon fell prey to a passionate second-half rally. Two goals in eight minutes put the Macedonian visitors in the ascendancy, yet nobody foresaw the thrilling climax that ensued as Rodionov struck twice to earn his side a dramatic victory. 

After a sluggish start, BATE picked up the pace and almost went ahead after 24 minutes when Aleksandr Pavlov's effort was cleared off the line. Their patience prevailed, however, as Maksim Bordachev's powerful strike proved too hot to handle and Mozolevski pounced to give BATE the lead.

The home side should have doubled their advantage after the break but Rodionov froze in front of goal and allowed Kostadin Zahov to make a comfortable save. That miss would prove costly as Jovan Kostovski met Ostoja Stjepanović's deft cross to level on 54 minutes. The provider then turned goalscorer, latching on to a loose clearance before rifling a shot past Andrei Gorbunov.

BATE refused to relent and were rewarded for their spirit in added time when Rodionov found the net with a precise header. The comeback was complete two minutes later, Rodionov's predatory instincts coming to the fore again as he turned Artyom Kontsevoi's centre past Zahov to give BATE the edge ahead of next Wednesday's return in Skopje.

Last updated: 18/07/12 23.41CET

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Lineups

bate

BATE

vardar

Vardar

35
GorbunovAndrei Gorbunov (GK)
12
ZahovKostadin Zahov (GK)
2
LikhtarovichDmitri Likhtarovich (C)
Substitution69
3
AlechenwuAbraham Alechenwu
8
A. VolodkoAleksandr Volodko
5
TanevskiZlatko Tanevski
13
MozolevskiDmitri Mozolevski
Goal41
8
RandjelovićPredrag Randjelović
Substitution86
14
RadkovArtem Radkov
10
StojakovićIgor Stojaković
Substitution83
17
PavlovAleksandr Pavlov
Substitution69
11
GeorgievDragan Georgiev
Substitution59
18
BordachevMaksim Bordachev
17
StjepanovicOstoja Stjepanovic
Goal62
Yellow Card75
20
RodionovVitali Rodionov
Goal90+2
Goal90+4
23
KostovskiJovan Kostovski
Goal54
22
SimićMarko Simić
Yellow Card75
24
TemelkovAleksandar Temelkov
23
OlekhnovichEdgar Olekhnovich
27
IlievskiMilan Ilievski (C)
33
Polyakov                      Denis Polyakov
33
VajsMiroslav Vajs
Yellow Card16

Substitutes

32
SorokoArtem Soroko (GK)
1
SimovGoran Simov (GK)
5
YurevichAleksandr Yurevich
7
ManevskiBorce Manevski
Substitution86
7
KontsevoiArtem Kontsevoi
Substitution69
Yellow Card72
13
PetrovFilip Petrov
Substitution59
Yellow Card77
11
BadoyanZaven Badoyan
18
GuobadiaOsa Guobadia
Substitution83
24
KuntsevichEvgeni Kuntsevich
20
GiménezJorge Giménez
27
KurlovichVadim Kurlovich
22
BoškovskiZlatko Boškovski
77
RudikFilipp Rudik
Substitution69
26
CikarskiMite Cikarski

Coach

Viktor Goncharenko (BLR) Ilco Gjorgjioski (MKD)

Referee

Olivier Thual (FRA)

Assistant referees

Fredji Harchay (FRA), Cyril Lompre (FRA)

Fourth official

Bartolomeu Varela (FRA)

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