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5 biggest upsets in the group stage of the Champions League

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Modified 24 Jan 2017, 11:59 IST
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#2 FC Bate Borisov 3-1 Bayern Munich: 2012/13

Manuel Neuer is beaten in the Bayern Munich goal

Ever heard of FC Bate Borisov? Nope? Neither had I, until the 2nd of October, 2012. FC Bate were the Belarusian champions of the 2011/12 season and managed to get past the Champions League qualifying rounds to make it into Group F. They had an amazing start to their campaign, winning their first match against Lille.

Their second game was at home against a solid Bayern Munich squad and we expected a one-sided match in favour of the Germans. Bayern did dominate most of the game, but Bate managed to steal the lead in the 23rd minute. The remainder of the match was quite monotonous until the 73rd minute, when Bate doubled their lead.

(Video Courtesy: Ciba175 YouTube Channel) 

Bayern fought back till the very end and managed to break through with Ribery in the 91st minute, but just as the German fans began to become hopeful, Bate shut down their chances, scoring in the 94th minute of the game, effectively sealing a 3-1 win.

Sadly for the Belarusian club, they went on to lose all their remaining Champions League games and didn’t make the knock-out round. On the other hand, Bayern topped Group F and went on to lift the trophy.

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Published 24 Jan 2017, 11:06 IST
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