BATE controversially win 2017 Belarus Premier League title


BATE controversially win 2017 Belarus Premier League title

On November 26, the Belarusian Premier League ended: BATE Borisov once again became the country's champion, silver went to Dinamo Minsk and Shakhtyor Soligorsk had to settle for bronze.

BATE saved the champion's title with great difficulty, avoiding defeat in the last minute against underdogs Gorodeya, 3:3.

Watch the golden goal of Vitaly Rodionov for BATE in the 95th minute.

BATE became the champion for the 14th time and the 12th consecutive time, which is an absolute record (1999, 2002, 2006-2017).

BATE midfielder Igor Stasevich commented on a draw vs Gorodeya: "The whole season was very difficult. Ambiguous. There were a lot of games that we failed and lost points. And today the match for us started well, and then it turned into a disaster. But we did not lose hope and fought to the end," Stasevich told media.

"This roller coaster in today's match will be remembered for a long time. [...] Fortunately everything turned out to be well. It's unforgettable. These emotions will be remembered for my whole life. This is the brightest thing that happened to us over the last two years," said BATE forward Vitali Rodionov.

BATE head coach Alexander Ermakovich was, of course, also overwhelmed with feelings: "Incredible emotions! The game, I think, was a success. I understand the disappointment of local fans, but this is football. I'm glad that by the end of the season we proved that BATE are the strongest in the country. The match lasted until the last second. No matter how the match developed, one must always believe in the best. It is clear that we were very lucky today, but the lucky is the strongest," Ermakovich added.

Alexander Ermakovich became the most decorated coach of Belarus after the 2017 success. Now Ermakovich has 10 titles: 5 championships, 1 Belarusian Cup and 4 Belarusian Super Cups.

Viktor Goncharenko, current CSKA coach, has 9 titles: 5 championships, 1 Belarusian Cup and 3 Super Cups of Belarus. The third and fourth place are shared by Yuri Puntus and Igor Kriushenko. Both have 2 Belarusian championships and 2 Belarusian Cups.

Dinamo Minsk settled for second place. With an equal number of points with BATE (68), the Borisov club has head-to-head advantage (1:0 wins at home and away). On November 26, the team of Sergey Gurenko defeated FC Vitebsk 4:1. Dinamo have six championship titles (1992, 1992/1993, 1993/1994, 1994/1995, 1997, 2004). In the 2016 season, the Minsk club became third in the league.

Gurenko spoke harshly about BATE's title after the match. "It's not tears. It's emotions. Only I know what they had to go through this year. Nobody believed in them. Nobody believed in this team, in these boys. I believe that we are champions. The result is on the scoreboard. I do not want to say anything about today's game. I want to say for the championship. Thank you guys, thanks to the fans who believed in us and supported us. We have a good team. [...]

I do not think that BATE is an honest champion. But... it's okay," Sergey Gurenko said.