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UEFA Champions League

  • October 23, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Stadyen Dynama, Minsk
  • Referee: C. Thomson
  • • Attendance: 29180

Champions League Preview: BATE Borisov - Valencia

Champions League Preview: BATE Borisov - Valencia Arabia

The Yellow Blues have captured the imagination with fine displays in the Champions League this year and another upset could be on the cards against the Liga outfit



Polyakov, Filipenko, Simic, Bordachev
Olekhnovich, Likhtarov, Volodkov
Pavlov, Hleb


Barragan, Rami, Ruiz, Cissokho
Gago, T Costa
Feghouli, Jonas, Guardado
When the Champions League group stage draw reached its conclusion at the end of August, few would have predicted BATE Borisov as the Group F leader ahead of the third round of fixtures.

The Belarusian club has surprised many with its uninhibited style of play. Written off to begin with as mere cannon fodder, Viktor Goncharenko's side has emerged as the competition's surprise package.

In the team's opening two games it beat Lille 3-1 in France and followed that up by recording the same margin of victory against Bayern Munich at home, which would suggest Los Che may not have it all their own way in Borisov.

Mauricio Pellegrino's men sit in second spot and know a win here is important if they are to progress to the knockout stages.

Having lost to Bayern on matchday one, the Spaniards then beat les Dogues 2-0 at Mestalla and will be buoyed by a 3-2 Liga victory over Athletic Bilbao heading into this match.

Adil Rami is once again available for the visiting side after being sent off against Bayern Munich, but the match may have come too soon for Ever Banega, who came on as a substitute on Saturday, but has been out since February with a broken leg. Long-term absentees Pablo Piatti and Sergio Canales remain on the sidelines.

  • BATE Borisov's victory against Lille on matchday one ended a miserable run in Europe for the club, which had failed to win any of its 12 previous group stage fixtures.
  • Viktor Goncharenko's men have never beaten Spanish opposition in six attempts and face Valencia for the first time on Tuesday.
  • Goalkeeper Andrei Gorbunov has kept 17 clean sheets in 31 games.
  • Valencia has never faced Belarusian opposition.
  • Ever Banega (right) made his first appearance since February in Saturday's victory over Athletic Bilbao.
  • The Spaniards have one of the lowest amounts of attempts on goal in this season's Champions League. Just five have been mustered, though three of those strikes found the back of the net.
  • Andrei Gorbunov, Maksim Bordachev and Marko Simić have played all 720 minutes of BATE's Champions League campaign.


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-Andrey GorbunovGoalkeeper
-Maksim BordachovDefender
-Egor FilippenkoDefender
-Marko SimicDefender
-Denis PolyakovDefender
2Dmitri LikhtarovichMidfielder
-Aleksandr VolodkoMidfielder
13Aliaksandr HlebMidfielder
17Alexander PavlovMidfielder
-Edgar OlekhnovichMidfielder
-Vitali RodionovStriker
-Aleksandr GutorGoalkeeper
-Aleksandr YurevichDefender
-Artem RadkovDefender
-Renan BressanMidfielder
-Mikhail SivakovMidfielder
-Philipp RudikMidfielder
13Dmitri MozolevskiStriker
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
20Aly CissokhoDefender
4Adil RamiDefender
12João PereiraDefender
18Jose Andrés GuardadoMidfielder
20Ricardo CostaDefender
5Fernando GagoMidfielder
8Sofiane FeghouliMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
5Víctor RuizDefender
-Ever BanegaMidfielder
44Juan BernatMidfielder
-Jonathan VieraMidfielder

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