FC BATE 2-0 Linfield (3-1 on agg)

Philip Lowry and Aliaksandr Yurevich
Linfield's Philip Lowry battles with Aliaksandr Yurevich in Belarus

Linfield bowed out of the Champions League despite a brave second-leg display in Belarus in the qualifier against FC BATE.

The Blues held out for 58 minutes before Pavel Nekhaychik put BATE ahead after good work by Artsiom Kantsavy.

Alexander Pavlov added the second goal three minutes later to put the Belarus side 3-1 ahead in the tie.

Aaron Burns went close for Linfield late on but the home team dominated the majority of the contest.

Linfield made only one change from last week's 1-1 draw at Windsor Park with Mark McAllister taking over from the injured Peter Thompson.

BATE bossed the contest from the off with Kantsavy firing just wide early on and Igor Shitov also going close with Blues keeper Alan Blayney beaten.

Nekhaychik appeared fortunate to escape with only a booking after catching Chris Casement with an elbow.

Oleg Patotski should have put BATE ahead on 22 minutes but he fired into the side-netting.

Despite BATE's dominance of possession, Linfield held out until half-time and Brazilian Renan Bardini missed two further chances for the home team after the interval.

However, the BATE breakthrough did come on 58 minutes as Nekhaychik netted after Kantsavy had evaded an Albert Watson challenge.

Pavlov killed off any slim Linfield hopes as he fired into the roof of the Linfield net three minutes later after bursting into the penalty area.

BATE missed further chances with Blayney also making a couple of smart saves.

Linfield went close to pulling back a goal in the 87th minute as an Aaron Burns header was cleared off the line and BATE keeper Aleksandr Hutar then denied Philip Lowry.

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