2 November 2011
BATE earn 1-1 draw against Milan
MINSK, 2 November (BelTA) – BATE Borisov earned a credible Group H 1-1 draw against AC Milan in their UEFA Champions League matchday four home game on 1 November, BelTA has learnt.
BATE Borisov (Belarus) 1 – 1 AC Milan (Italy)
Minsk. Dinamo Stadium. 32,000-strong audience
Referees: Peter Rasmussen, Henrik Sonderby , Anders Norrestrand, Jakob Kehlet, and Kenn Hansen (all Denmark).
BATE played in the following lineup: Alexander Gutor, Alexander Yurevich, Artyom Radkov, Marco Simic, Maksim Bordachev, Alexander Volodko, Dmitri Likhtarovich (C) (Edgar Olekhnovich), Artyom Kontsevoi (Mikhail Gordeychuk), Dmitri Baga (Alexander Pavlov), Renan Bressan, Maksim Skavysh.
Milan: Christian Abbiati, Ignazio Abate, Alessandro Nesta (Daniele Bonera), Thiago Silva, Massimo Ambrosini (C), Alberto Aquilani (Clarence Seedorf), Kevin-Prince Boateng, Antonio Nocerino, Robinho (Simone Andrea Ganz), Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Goals: 0-1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 1-1 Renan Bressan (penalty)
Attempts on target: 7 – 9
Attempts off target: 5 – 9
Corners: 4 – 5
Possession: 41% - 59%.
Yellow cards: Edgar Olekhnovich – Massimo Ambrosini.
The Italian title holders had looked in charge after taking the lead through Zlatan Ibrahimovic midway through the first half. However, the hosts clawed their way back through Renan Bressan's second-half penalty and held on for their second point of the campaign.
The results of Group H previous matches:
13 September: Barcelona 2-2 Milan, Plzen 1-1 BATE;
28 September: BATE 0-5 Barcelona, Milan 2-0 Plzen;
19 October: Barcelona 2-0 Plzen, Milan 2-0 BATE
Group H overall standings:
1. AC Milan (Italy) – 8 points
2. FC Barcelona (Spain) – 7 points
3. BATE (Belarus) – 2 points
4. Plzen (Czech Republic) – 1 point.
BATE has two more Group H matches: with Viktoria Plzen (on 23 November, home) and FC Barcelona (6 December, away). Two best teams will continue in the Champions League play-offs, with the third best to play at Europa League Round of 16.