BATE slip to shock home defeat by Shakhter

BATE Borisov 0-1 Shakhter Karagandy
Last season's group stage contenders were undone by Sergei Khizhnichenko's second-half goal for the champions of Kazakhstan.

BATE defender Denis Polyakov finds an obstacle in Shakhter forward Igor Zenkovich (white shirt)
BATE defender Denis Polyakov finds an obstacle in Shakhter forward Igor Zenkovich (white shirt) ©Pressball

Kazakhstani side FC Shakhter Karagandy caused quite a stir by winning 1-0 away to last season's UEFA Champions League group stage contenders FC BATE Borisov in today's second qualifying round first leg in Belarus.

The key moment came three minutes after half-time when Sergei Khizhnichenko's low shot beat BATE keeper Andrei Gorbunov for the only goal. Although BATE – one of just two teams to beat eventual champions FC Bayern München in the 2012/13 competition – dominated possession, they were unable to break down Viktor Kumykov's tactically adept troops who afforded them no space throughout a tight encounter in Borisov.

Home coach Viktor Goncharenko saw a one-on-one opportunity go to waste when Vitali Rodionov was unable to outwit Aleksandr Mokin soon after the half-hour mark, while Ilya Aleksievich's header drew a save from Mokin moments before the interval.

Shakhter, whose sole first-half attempt of note had been a speculative long-range shot from Roger Cañas, then delivered the sucker punch of Khizhnichenko's goal, which came following good work by Aleksandar Simčević. A remarkable result was secured for the away side when Mokin kept out Rodionov's strike from distance late on. The tie resumes in Karagandy next Tuesday, 23 July.