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BATE Borisov Pick Up Fourth Consecutive League Title In Belarus

BATE Borisov have won a fourth successive Belarusian title following a 4-0 mauling of Naftan Novopolotsk on Monday. Last season's UEFA Champions League contenders won the league title with five games to spare, having lost just twice all season.

Head coach Viktor Goncharenko was more than happy with the result against Naftan, but urged his players to save their celebrations for later.

"We played at pace and put huge pressure on our opponents. I really liked the way we played in the first half, but we still have five more league matches to play and four more in the Europa League so we have to save our celebrations for later," said Goncharenko to

"I dedicate this victory to my family. This season has been very successful for me as I earned my place in the starting XI for BATE, the Under-21s and the senior national team. This is my first championship title, so it is special," added young defender Igor Shitov.

Club president Anatoliy Kapskiy is no newcomer to title champagne, but was nonetheless a happy man after his side's victory.

"I'm really happy. This is our sixth title but the feelings after another championship are still great. Our work has been of the highest quality."

Stefan Coerts,