Bayern set to face Belarus champion in Europe

German giant Bayern Munich is facing Belarus champion BATE Borisov in Champions League action this week.

Both sides are battling for top spot in Group F.

The sides meet for the first time in a competitive fixture with each having started out in Europe in a positive fashion.

Last season's beaten finalist Bayern got its European campaign off to a flying start with a 2-1 win over Valencia a fortnight ago at Munich's Allianz Arena.

Minsk-based Borisov, meanwhile, enjoyed a 3-1 win in France at Lille.

This is the first time the German giant has faced an opponent from Belarus in Europe.

Its host warmed up for a win on Tuesday with a 5-1 domestic home victory over league side Njoman Hrodna on Friday.

"We're in good form, and the win is a confidence booster for the Bayern match," said midfielder Renan Bressan, who opened the scoring with a penalty as his club earned its 16th straight win.

Coach Viktor Goncharenko fielded a full-strength side with one eye on the Bayern clash in Minsk, where Borisov plays its European games.

The only man missing from the first-choice line-up was Aliaksandr Hleb but the ex-Barcelona and Arsenal star is expected to return.

Bayern's Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger says his team is expecting another tight tussle in Belarus.

"Especially in tight matches like that, you mustn't become impatient, overdo the attacking and get caught on the break," he said.

"Winning in the last 10 or 15 minutes is all part of the game."

Source AFP