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Belarusians Bate Borisov survive Roma fightback to claim famous win

Two goals from the full-back Filip Mladenovic powered the Belarusian underdogsBate Borisov to a surprise 3-2 win over Roma in Group E.

Igor Stasevich

Igor Stasevich, in blue, opens for scoring for Bate Borisov in their shock win over Roma. Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP

Bate were three goals up after 30 minutes, helped by a dose of good fortune. Their captain, Igor Stasevich, headed in the eighth-minute opener after the ball took some helpful deflections and bounces in front of goal, while Mladenovic’s first goal four minutes later was a speculative long-range effort that Wojciech Szczesny seemed to lose sight of.

Mladenovic’s second goal needed no luck as the Serbian blasted the ball in off the underside of the crossbar.

Roma mounted a comeback in the second half to close the gap but were denied a late equaliser when Alessandro Florenzi’s powerful shot bounced back off the bar. Gervinho scored the Serie A side’s first goal with a calm finish at the end of a well-worked passing move. The substitute fullback, Vasilis Torosidis, scored the second from close range, knocking the ball in after a cross from Lucas Digne to set up a tense finale.

The win puts Bate third in the Group E table, level on three points with Bayer Leverkusen, who lost 2-1 to Barcelona in the other match of the night. Roma are last on one point. – the guardian-

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