FC BATE Borisov defender Dzianis Paliakou commented on the game against FK Crvena Zvezda drawn 1-1 away in UEFA Europa League Group Stage MD-1.
- I think it was a great game. Wonderful football atmosphere, a lot of supporters. They say it is a hell on every Crvena Zvezda game, but there was nothing like that. This was a pleasure to play in such an atmosphere. As for the game as such, in the first half we did not control the ball well. Although I would not say the opponents had a lot of opportunities. We were very concentrated in defence. I cannot recall anything special from the home side.
After the break we conceded an unnecessary goal. I think we played quite well in the attack. We had opportunities, from which we could have made more. I even feel we could have won. We have to remember we hit the crossbar twice.
It is not a secret we came here for a win. But the opponents goal made us change everything. They started well in the second half. They start every half well. I think this is due to their support. The crowd makes them attack for the first 10-15 minutes. And that was the case.
Luckily we managed to equalize and get important point. We know we have even more difficult opponents ahead of us. We would need to prepare hard for them.