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Sidibe penalty gives Debrecen victory over BATE

Debreceni VSC 1-0 FC BATE Borisov
Ibrahim Sidibe's second-half spot kick settled the third qualifying round first leg in the hosts' favour.

Action from the first leg in Debrecen
Action from the first leg in Debrecen ©Pressball

Debreceni VSC hold the advantage heading into their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round return against FC BATE Borisov thanks to Ibrahim Sidibe's 56th-minute penalty.

The hosts dominated proceedings and Péter Máté had a close-range effort hacked off the line after Sidibe had missed a chance to give his side an early lead. However, the striker made amends in the second half with a powerful effort from the spot. The second leg takes place next Tuesday.

Though the visitors from Belarus frustrated the home side in a tight first half, they could have gone a goal down after 20 minutes when Sidibe headed over Rene Mihelič's corner. Debrecen came even closer soon after, but, after Sergei Chernik dropped a cross at Máté's feet, Anri Khagush reacted quickly to clear the defender's shot.

BATE could not hold on in the second half, though, and after Chernik brought down Sidibe in the box, the former Senegalese international tucked away the ensuing spot kick. Debrecen could have taken a larger advantage into the second leg, but substitute L'Imam Seydi failed to beat Chernik when Selim Bouadla played him through in the final seconds.