BATE Borisov stun Bayern
BATE Borisov stunned Bayern Munich 3-1 in a famous win for the Belarus champions who continued their surprise start to their Champions League season with a second victory in two games.
BATE, who beat Lille by the same score in their opener, struck with a 23rd minute strike from Aleksandr Pavlov and late goals by Vitali Rodionov and Renan Bressan snapped Bayern’s nine-game winning streak in all competitions despite Franck Ribery pulling one back for the Germans.
Last season’s Champions League finalists had dominated the first half and hit the post through Toni Kroos but were left to scramble forward in the second period, fearful of the Belarussian side’s potent counter-attacks.
Brazilian striker Jonas scored in each half to give Valencia a 2-0 home win over Lille, giving the Spanish side their first Champions League win of the season.
Jonas scored in the 38th minute at the Mestalla after receiving a pass from Roberto Soldado.
The Brazil forward added a second in the 75th with an exquisite lob after Lille had failed to take its chances.
Jonas’s fourth and fifth goals in eight Champions League appearances came in an otherwise uninspired performance by the Spanish side.
Surprisingly BATE lead the group on six points, followed by Valencia and Bayern with three each while Lille remain on zero.
Braga produced an away smash-and-grab of their own to kick-start their Champions League campaign with a rare win at Galatasaray.
Braga were on the wrong end of an opening-day shock when they were humbled 2-0 by CFR Cluj at home a fortnight ago, but it was the Portuguese side who played the spoilers last night.
After Ruben Micael stabbed in a 27th-minute opener following a counter-attack spearheaded by summer signing Eder, Braga soaked up the home pressure and, aided by some poor Gala finishing, sealed victory when skipper Alan netted a second in injury time.