MINSK, 24 July (BelTA) – Late goal by FC Shakhter Karaganda eliminated Belarus’ FC BATE Borisov from the 2013/2014 Champions League. The second qualifying round game was played at the Shakhter stadium, Karaganda, Kazakhstan, on 23 July, BelTA has learnt.
Nine-time champions of Belarus played attacking football but again failed to break the Kazakh disciplined defense. As in the first-leg tie in Borisov, BATE’s shots were not accurate. Kazakhstan’s goalie Alexander Mokin sometimes saved the day for his teammates, too. He became a real hero of the match in the 68th minute after the visitors had been awarded a penalty. BATE’s Sergei Krivets shot from 11 meters but the ball met Alexander Mokin’s fists and the Kazakhstani defenders only had to clear it away from danger. This was a decisive moment for BATE. They doubled their attacking efforts and stopped paying much attention to the defense. Finally in the 82nd minute they left unmarked Igor Zenkovich, the Belarusian national in Shakhter’s colors. The pass from deep to Igor Zenkovich was almost intercepted by Andrei Gorbunov who rushed forward to kick the ball out of danger. However, the Belarusian goalkeeper made a horrendous mistake miskicking the ball and leaving his goals empty. Igor Zenkovich dispatched the ball into the net to make the aggregate score 2-0. Eight minutes after the goal and four minutes added to normal time did not change anything in the game, BATE failing to even equalize. With the 0-2 aggregate scoreline BATE left the 2013/2014 Champions League amid the roaring crowd at the Shakhter stadium which celebrated the historic victory.