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Pulse check: Borisov primed for FCB visit

BATE Borisov are ready for the forthcoming challenge against Bayern. The Belarus champions warmed up in style for Tuesday's Champions League meeting with the Bundesliga giants in Minsk with a 5-1 domestic league victory on Friday evening. “We’re in good form, and the win is a confidence booster for the Bayern match," said Renan Bressan after his club's 16th win on the bounce.

The 4,600 home crowd at Gorodskoi Stadium saw the midfielder open the scoring against sixth-placed Njoman Hrodna with a 26th-minute penalty. Ivan Denisevich levelled against the run of play after 39 minutes, but Aleksandr Pavlov restored the home side's advantage on the stroke of half-time.

Goals from Vitali Rodionov (51, 64) and Bressan with his second (61) settled the issue in the first quarter of an hour after the restart. “Our strikers haven't scored many goals recently, but they were fantastic today," said coach Viktor Goncharenko, who fielded a full strength side in the match just four days prior to the Bayern clash. The only man missing from the first-choice line-up was Aliaksandr Hleb, although Goncharenko said the club's star name would be back in the team on Tuesday. Borisov continue to lead the Belarus standings.

BATE Borisov line up on Friday:
Gorbunov - Polyakov, Radkov, Simic, Bordachev - Volodko, Likhtarovich (Olekhnovich 70), Rudik - Pavlov (Mozolevsky 67), Rodionov (Kontsevoy 77), Bressan

Lille fall to latest defeat
A crisis has set in at OSC Lille after the Mastiffs fell 2-0 to 18th-placed Stade Rennes in the seventh round of Ligue 1 fixtures on Friday evening. Lille twice hit the post, but the goals witnessed by a 17,111 crowd at Stade de la Route de Lorient were scored by Rennes. Julien Feret (64) and Romain Alessandrini (75) sealed victory for the home side, who leapfrog Lille in the table. OSC have now gone four games without a win.

Relief for Valencia
After losing two games on the trot, Valencia returned to winning ways on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Real Zaragoza. Sofiane Feghouli (12) and Jonathan Viera (59) scored the goals, with a second yellow card and dismissal for Feghouli after 61 minutes no longer affecting the outcome. Valencia improved their position in the standings to a safe place in the upper mid-table thanks to their second victory of term.