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The trainer of Belarusian champions BATE Borisov has said his players
The trainer of Belarusian champions BATE Borisov has said his players have every right to feel proud of themselves after their 2-2 draw with Italian club giants Juventus.

Playing their first Champions League home match in front of a capacity crowd at the Dynamo stadium in Minsk, BATE shocked Juventus with early goals from Sergei Kryvets and Igor Stasevich to take a 2-0 lead after 23 minutes. However, Juventus clawed their way back into the game, Vincenzo Iaquinta scoring twice before the break to level the tie.

"Taking into account the opponents and the fact that this is the Champions League, we can rightly feel proud of this team and this achievement," Viktor Goncharenko told journalists.

"We showed once more that nothing is impossible in soccer," he said, while admitting that his side had "lacked the experience" to hold on to their lead against the two-time champions of Europe.

The club from the small town of Borisov (population 150,000) was formed in 1973, originally representing the Borisov Automobile and Tractor Electrical Equipment factory. The club ceased to exist in 1981, and was reborn in 1996.

FC BATE are the first ever club from Belarus to take part in the Champions League group stages. They also have the lowest coefficient of any side that has ever appeared in the group stages.

Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli told the sports.ru website: "That was a great game. But the first twenty minutes were hell."

BATE opened their debut Champions League campaign with a 2-0 defeat in Spain to Real Madrid two weeks ago. Their next match is away to Zenit St Petersburg, who lost 2-1 to Real Madrid in Tuesday's other Group H match, on October 21.

The first two teams go through to the play-offs. The third side drops down into the UEFA Cup.

Group H (after two games):

Real Madrid - 6

Juventus - 4

BATE Borisov - 1

Zenit St Petersburg - 0


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