Dundalk knock FC BATE Borisov out of Champions League


Dundalk knock FC BATE Borisov out of Champions League

FC BATE Borisov were shocked by underdogs Dundalk in the Champions League 3rd qualifying round 2nd leg.

Dundalk v BATE - 3:0. First leg - 0:1.

After a home victory a week ago at Borisov Arena with a minimum score 1:0 Borisov knew they could not afford themselves to relax. Manager Alexander Ermakovich's charges did not have much ball possession at the beginning of the match. At first, this tactic worked - BATE players did not allow the opponents to pose serious threats to their goal. 

Several times did BATE counter-attack but after shots by Vitali Rodionov, Yuri Kendysh and Alexei Rios, the ball always went wide. Closer to the break the Irish attacks intensified, and after 44 minutes, David McMillan's header from close range surprised the defense and the goalkeeper Sergei Veremko 1:0.

Immediately after the break Alexander Hleb replaced Alexander Karnitsky, but he could not help the team show meaningful attacking actions.

Dundalk understood that they have a real chance to win and over again started to run away in counters. It brought success: at the end of the first hour of the play, McMillan again capitalized on the sluggishness of BATE defense and scored his second goal. Feeling the threat of defeat, Ermakovich fielded Mikhail Gordeychuk, the scorer of the first leg, but this did not help either.

When time was running out, Yuri Kendysh made a blunder near his own penalty area, giving the ball to Robert Benson, who went one on one with Veremko and converted a chance - 3:0.

Thus, BATE the Champions League this season and hope for qualifying for the group stage of the Europa League. BATE will learn their playoff opponent after the August 5 draw.

Two other Belarusian representatives play their Europa League qualifying matches on Thursday, 4 August. Dinamo Minsk take on Serbian Vojvodina in Brest (first leg 1:1). Torpedo-BelAZ play an away game against Rapid Vienna (first leg 0:0).