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FCB vow ‘not to be knocked off course’

FCB had 20 shots at goal and 14 corners, but still lost in Minsk on Tuesday evening. “It was totally unnecessary," said Toni Kroos, and “very, very bitter," added Philipp Lahm. BATE Borisov won the match 3-1, “but it's no reason to be overcritical," Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said at the traditional midnight banquet afterwards. The chairman recalled the nine-game winning run prior to the clash in Minsk: “I think it's important we’re not knocked off course by a single defeat."

The playing and coaching staff, the fans. and the guests of honour, including German ambassador to Belarus Wolfram Maas, gave Rummenigge warm applause after his three-minute address, in which he set his sights firmly on the future: “It's important we react at once against Hoffenheim on Saturday, give an immediate response, and show our Bundesliga rivals that Bayern may have lost a match tonight, but aren't wounded by it."