Bayern Munich’s hopes of progressing to the knock-out phase of the Champions League suffered a mauling in Minsk on Tuesday as they slumped to a shock 3-1 defeat at Belarus champions BATE Borisov.
“This is a sensational result for us, we will celebrate a bit but we need to keep working hard,” said BATE’s ex-Arsenal star Aleksandr Hleb.
With the Group F match held at Dinamo Stadium in Minsk, Bayern’s defence leaked goals either side of half-time as midfielder Aleksandr Pavlov, then striker Vitali Rodionov put BATE on the way to their second straight European win.
Franck Ribery pulled back a late consolation in the 91st minute, but a brilliant Renan Bressan goal from a counter-attack left Bayern well beaten.
Van Persie strikes
Cluj-Napoca, Romania: Robin van Persie put the bite on Romanian minnows CFR Cluj in Transylvania as the Manchester United striker’s double clinched a 2-1 win in Group H. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side suffered an early fright but Pantelis Kapetanos’s early goal for Cluj didn’t suck the life out of United, who maintained their 100% start to this season’s competition thanks to van Persie’s brace. Ferguson could take heart from the way van Persie and Wayne Rooney combined for both goals. “The pass and the finish were equally good for Robin’s second goal. It was a fantastic finish,” Ferguson said.
Copenhagen: Chelsea scored three late goals for a 4-0 win over FC Nordsjaelland that wasn’t quite as comfortable as the scoreline suggested. Juan Mata scored two goals while David Luiz and Ramirez added one each to give the defending champs their first win of the group campaign after a 2-2 draw against Juventus in the first game.
Shakhtar hold Juve
Turin: Juventus was held to a 1-1 draw by Shakhtar Donetsk becoming the first side to draw eight successive European matches.