FC BATE defeated by Bayer 1-4 in Champions League opener


FC BATE defeated by Bayer 1-4 in Champions League opener

BATE lost in their first Champions League group stage match at BayArena against hosts Bayer Leverkusen 1-4 in front of about 24,000 spectators.

Attempts: 21-2.
Shots on target: 9-2.
Missed attempts: 4-0.
Blocked shots: 8-0.
Passing accuracy: 80%-62%
Possession: 61%-39%.
Fouls: 9-11.
Offsides: 2-1.

The Borisov club conceded an early goal, on 4 minutes. Milunović and Dubra did not understand each other, while Aleksievich tried to kick the ball away but instead  found Swiss striker Admir Mehmedi who immediately hit the target leaving BATE goalie Chernik with no chance of repelling the shot.

Despite significant competitive advantage of Bayer, BATE were able to equalize quickly. Igor Stasevich's corner found Nemanja Milunović whose header deflected off defender Roberto Hilbert and into the net for 1-1 score.

But then it was only Bayer that scored. BATE suffered from lots of mistakes in the defensive midfield zone where Dmitry Baga and Ilya Aleksievich played. Star Alexander Hleb also made mistakes, one of which could result in a goal. Hleb was substituted in the first half after picking up an injury.

Bayer in turn lost captain Lars Bender, also through injury.

In the second half BATE conceded quickly again.  Calhanoglu shot from 16 meters, but the rebound from the foot of Denis Polyakov disoriented Chernik and Bayer went in front 2-1.

Sergey Chernik rescued BATE fron a third one saving Chicharito's shot almost from the goalkeeper's area. But hardly had Borisov time to catch their breath when they found themselves trailing 1-3. Mexican Chicharito finally scored his first ever goal for Bayer after receiving a pass from Kampl.

Calhanoglu's free kick was not going to pose any danger since the ball hit the wall but defender Filip Mladenovic protected his face with his hand, which gave the ref the right to point to the penalty spot. Calhanoglu converted the penalty setting the final score 4-1.

BATE Borisov in the last seven games of the Champions League conceded 28 goals.

In another match of group E Italian Roma held Barcelona at home 1-1.

The next games in Group E will take place on September 29, with Barcelona hosting Bayer and BATE playing at home against Roma.