BATE ease to victory in Lille

Belarusian champions BATE Borisov made a spectacular start to their Champions League Group F campaign with a 2-0 victory at Ligue 1 Lille.

Last Updated: 19/09/12 at 22:22 Post Comment

Rodionov: Celebrates for BATE

Rodionov: Celebrates for BATE

Alexander Volodko swept the visitors in front with just six minutes on the clock with a superb lofted finish over Mickael Landreau, and further goals from Vitaly Rodionov and Edgar Olekhnovich effectively ended the contest before half-time.

Aurelien Chedjou reduced the deficit just before the hour mark but despite dominating for long periods Lille were faced with another defeat to heap more pressure on boss Rudi Garcia after a poor start to their Ligue 1 season.

The hosts had started in promising fashion, Salomon Kalou bringing a save out of BATE goalkeeper Andrey Gorbunov with less than four minutes on the clock, then Florent Balmont firing wide from 12 yards.

Volodko provided a beautiful finish to a cross by Maksim Bordachev to put the visitors in front two minutes later, but Lille still looked threatening and Tulio De Melo headed just over the bar with nine minutes gone.

Mathieu Debuchy brought another save out of Gorbunov but Lille's pressure came to nothing as the visitors increased their lead in the 20th minute when Rodionov scored with a low shot after Alexander Pavlov's neat ball from the left.

The French side responded well, Gorbunov punching away a free-kick from Dimitri Payet then Debuchy firing wide, then Payet saw another effort blocked in the box by Marko Simic.

BATE rounded off a remarkable half by making it 3-0 two minutes from the break when Olekhnovich drilled home from 12 yards, but Lille had time to press again with Gorbunov saving from Payet.

Kalou and Debuchy maintained Lille's pressure early in the second half before the hosts finally made their breakthrough in the 59th minute, Chedjou meeting a Payet corner from the left to head past Gorbunov.

Pushing forward, Lille continued to dominate possession with Payet firing over and Ryan Mendes De Graca also shooting wide.

Gorbunov saved from Payet and Balmont, and Kalou headed a fine chance wide from six yards, as the visitors held on to their advantage to record a flattering win.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

More Match Results

Wednesday, 09 April 2014
19:45
A Madrid 1-0 Barcelona Report
Bay Munich 3-1 Man Utd Report
Tuesday, 08 April 2014
B Dortmund 2-0 R Madrid Report
Chelsea 2-0 PSG Report
Wednesday, 02 April 2014
PSG 3-1 Chelsea Report
R Madrid 3-0 B Dortmund Report
Tuesday, 01 April 2014
Barcelona 1-1 A Madrid Report
Man Utd 1-1 Bay Munich Report
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
B Dortmund 1-2 Zenit Report
Man Utd 3-0 Olympiakos Report

Footer 365

Champions League: Atletico Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois happy to take on Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois is delighted to have been cleared to face parent club Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals.

Eden Hazard absent from Chelsea training ahead of trip to Atletico Madrid

Eden Hazard missed Chelsea's open training session ahead of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final at Atletico Madrid.

La Liga: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set to be offered improved deal

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu insists Lionel Messi will be offered a new contract to keep him at the club.

Mail Box

'Tactically Inept And Lacking In Belief And Style'

It's fair to say that the 'Moyes Out' brigade is understandably out in force, whilst there are also staunch defences of Mourinho and Arteta. Plus, Liverpool fans can almost taste it.

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property