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Background: BATE v Slovan Bratislava

Published: Friday 22 August 2014, 0.10CET
FC BATE Borisov bring ŠK Slovan Bratislava to Belarus, with a fourth UEFA Champions League group stage campaign the target for Aleksandr Yermakovich's side.
Background: BATE v Slovan Bratislava
BATE's record-breaking goalscorer Vitali Rodionov ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

BATESlovan Bratislava

Goals scored8
 
6
Total attempts85
 
84
on target29
 
32
off target35
 
32
blocked21
 
20
against woodwork3
 
3
Corners29
 
31
Offsides20
 
17
Yellow cards16
 
10
Red Cards0
2
Fouls committed70
 
86
Fouls suffered87
 
70

Press kits

  • Match press kit (local language)
 
Published: Friday 22 August 2014, 0.10CET

Background: BATE v Slovan Bratislava

FC BATE Borisov bring ŠK Slovan Bratislava to Belarus, with a fourth UEFA Champions League group stage campaign the target for Aleksandr Yermakovich's side.

FC BATE Borisov will hope to make their European experience count as they bring ŠK Slovan Bratislava to Belarus for the concluding leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off.

Previous meetings
• The teams had never met prior to their 1-1 draw in the first leg in Slovakia.

Form guide
• This is Slovan's first tie against Belarusian opponents and BATE's first home meeting with a Slovak club. Ahead of the first leg, Slovakian sides had dominated the previous eight games between teams from these nations in UEFA club competition with the record W6 D2 L0 (W4 D0 L0 at home – W2 D2 L0 in Belarus).

Slovan are bidding to become the first Slovak side since MŠK Žilina in 2010/11 to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage.

BATE have reached the UEFA Champions League group stage three times – in 2008/09, 2011/12 and 2012/13 – and have also played in the UEFA Europa League group stage twice, something Slovan have done just once, in 2011/12.

Links and trivia
Slovan's Czech coach František Straka has already successfully led one side into the UEFA Champions League group stage, his AC Sparta Praha team getting past APOEL FC and Ferencvárosi TC to play in the 2004/05 competition.

BATE striker Vitali Rodionov is the most prolific scorer for a Belarusian club in the history of UEFA club competitions with 18 goals to his name. His nearest rival, former BATE team-mate Renan Bressan, scored 12.

• The most experienced European campaigner in the Slovan squad, forward Juraj Halenár, played for Petržalka – then known as FC Artmedia Bratislava – in their 2005/06 UEFA Champions League campaign.

• An attendance record was set at the Borisov Arena in BATE's third qualifying round decider against Debreceni VSC on 5 August, with 12,788 watching the 3-1 win. Prior to that game, BATE had gone 11 games without a European win (D3 L8) since a sensational 3-1 victory against FC Bayern München on 2 October 2012.

Last updated: 30/05/15 7.10CET

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