UEFA Champions League

October 2, 2012


BATE Borisov

3 - 1

Bayern Munich

Group F

18:45 +00:00, October 2, 2012

Borisov Gradski Stadium, Belarus

Bayern lament missed opportunities

Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes praised BATE Borisov after the Bundesliga giants went down 3-1 in their Champions League clash on Tuesday evening.

Henckes says, despite their defensive attitude, Borisov deserved the three points on offer.

"I knew before the match we were up against very good opponents. They're extremely well organised, especially in defence, and they proved that again today," Heynckes said.

"But more than anything else, they fought till they dropped, especially when we applied pressure. In a game like that, you have to take the lead, but if you don't, your opponents can counter-attack from a defensive platform. They did that very well.

"Our opponents' best player was their goalkeeper, and from that you can see we applied pressure the whole time. But at the end of the day, you have to applaud our opponents for winning."

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer concurred, claiming the match would have had a much different outcome had Bayern capitalised on their early chances.

"It's simple – we failed to take the lead, to score the opening goal. We had some good chances at the start, and if we'd gone in front it would have been a totally different match," Neuer said.

"The Borisov lads shut up shop at the back, defended as well as they could, and then played on the break. That made it difficult for us.

"Obviously, losing here 3-1 against Borisov is a blow, but we have to stay in the hunt and win both matches against Lille. Once we have nine points, the situation will look a lot better."