BATE fail to qualify to Europa League after defeat at FC Astana


BATE fail to qualify to Europa League after defeat at FC Astana

After losing in Astana, coach Alexander Ermakovich's BATE did not have other options except for attacking right away and trying to score as quickly as possible. In the absence of the chief organizer of attacks Alexander Hleb, injured in the first leg, Igor Stasevich took up the leader's role. His crosses from the left were dangerous but BATE failed to put the ball on target.

On 27 minutes, however, one of Borisov's attacks brought fruit, Mikhail Gordeichuk scoring. Conceding a goal, the guests switched the play to BATE's half and young Belarusian goalkeeper Artem Saroka had to make every effort not to concede himself.

During the break, the guests made two changes at once, and after the resumption of the game began to act more actively, to which the Borisov club was not ready. Astana finally replied 1:1, which very much complicated the situation for BATE.

After that, to return to the group stage of the Europa League BATE had to score 3 goals. They rushed towards Astana's goal but after Alexei Rios of BATE earned a red card the Belarusians knew they had lost almost all chances.

To make things worse, in the 76th minute, the Ghanaian footballer Patrick Twumasi converted a superb free kick depriving Belarusians last hopes for success.

All BATE were capable of is to score in the 89th minute from a penalty to level the game score 2:2 and lost 2:4 on aggregate.

BATE failed to qualify for European competition for the second time in the last eight years.

The previous time this happened to them in 2013/14 season, when they lost in the second qualifying round of the Champions League to another representative of Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy.

The Borisov club started the current European season in the Champions League beating Finnish Seinäjoki and losing to Irish Dundalk.