In the Super Cup of Belarus, FC BATE Borisov beat Soligorsk Shakhtyor 2:1 and lifted the trophy for the sixth time.
Interestingly, these same teams battled for the first trophy of the season in 2015. Then, the winner was decided in a penalty shootout and the reliable game of Sergei Chernik brought the Borisov club the trophy.
BATE struck first on 23 minutes but the ref disallowed the goal saying Rodionov was offside.
But two minutes later BATE opened the scoring thanks to BATE newcomer Mirko Ivanic. He crept down the left and sent the ball to Rodionov, but with too much power and the ball eventually found its way into the net. Rodionov did not touch the ball. The assistant referee flagged the BATE striker offside but the main referee said the goal stands.
After this controversial episode, the game got violent and the referee showed three yellow cards in three minutes.
In the beginning of the second half, Shakhtyor rushed to score but BATE defenders did very well and the Borisov side scored a second goal. It was again Mirko Ivanic who crossed into the penalty area. Alexander Karnitsky distracted Shakhtyor defenders and the ball came to Vitaly Rodionov, who beat the Miners' goalie Bushma from the second attempt.
It seemed that BATE were confidently cruising to yet another victory but a grievous own goal by Denis Polyakov on 82 minutes made it 2-1. On the rise, Shakhtyor rushed to storm the BATE goal but it was too late.
This Super Cup was the sixth in BATE Borisov's history. Like last year, the team received a certificate for BYR90,000,000.
The Belarus Championship starts on April 2, and the Cup of Belarus begins next week.