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19 July 2017 Venue Futebol Campus, Portugal Attendance

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Benfica B
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Brentford

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4-4-1-1
  • 1
    Ivan Zlobin
    GK
  • 2
    Alex Pinto
    DF
  • 3
    Joao Escoval
    DF
  • 4
    Pedro Amaral (C)
    DF
  • 5
    Dmytro Lytvyn
    DF
  • 6
    Joao Felix
    MF
  • 7
    Diogo Mendes
    MF
  • 8
    Filipe Ferreira
    MF
  • 9
    Heriberto Tavares
    MF
  • 10
    Nuno Santos
    FW
  • 11
    Alan Junior
    FW

Substitutes

  • 12
    Daniel Azevedo
    SUB
  • 13
    Francisco Ferreira
    SUB
  • 14
    Simon Ramirez
    SUB
  • 15
    Helder Balde
    SUB
  • 16
    Pedro Rodrigues
    SUB
  • 17
    Vinicius
    SUB
  • 18
    Daniel dos Anjos
    SUB
  • 19
    Luquinhas
    SUB
  • 20
    Filipe Soares
    SUB
  • 21
    Zidane Banjaqui
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Helder Cristovao

4-2-3-1
  • 1
    Ellery Balcombe
    GK
  • 2
    Lukas Talbro
    DF
  • 4
    Chris Mepham
    DF
  • 5
    Jarvis Edobor
    DF
  • 3
    Ilias Chatzitheodoridis
    DF
  • 6
    Zain Westbrooke (C)
    MF
  • 19
    Bradley Clayton
    MF
  • 8
    Ali Coote
    MF
  • 11
    Theo Archibald
    MF
  • 7
    Herson Alves
    MF
  • 16
    Marcus Forss
    FW

Substitutes

  • 23
    Connor Hunt
    SUB
  • 9
    Joe Hardy
    SUB
  • 10
    Raphael Assibey-Mensah
    SUB
  • 12
    Jan Novak
    SUB
  • 14
    Jan Holldack
    SUB
  • 15
    Nikolaj Kirk
    SUB
  • 17
    David Titov
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Kevin O'Connor

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Benfica B v Brentford B

18 July 2017

On Wednesday, Brentford B take on their third game of pre-season when they play Benfica B in Portugal.

Kevin O'Connor's side returned from a trip to Hungary on Friday, after two wins from two against ETO Gyor and MSK Zilina. The squad jet off again just four days later to face their Portuguese counterparts.

The opposition

Sport Lisboa e Benfica, to give the team its full name, is one of the top teams in Portugal. The First Team are the current champions of the Primera Liga, having won four league titles in succession. The Eagles are also one of three teams in the country to have never been relegated, alongside Sporting Lisbon and FC Porto.

The Benfica B team play competitive football in LigaPro, the nation's second tier of football. The division also includes B teams from Porto, Sporting, Braga and Vitoria. None of these second squads are eligible for promotion, nor can they compete in the national cup tournaments. They can be relegated, as Maritimo B found out in 2015 - the B side dropping into the third tier after finishing second from bottom.

The Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional (LPFP), who organise football in Portugal, put strict rules on the squads entering B sides into their professional tiers. As such, for league games, the squad must contain no less than 10 players who have come through the Club's academy system. This means that the vast majority of the team will be homegrown.

Some of the biggest names in the team include Pedro Amaral, Jose Gomes and Goncalo Rodrigues, who have both made numerous appearances in Portugal's international youth squads.

The boss

Helder Cristovao, Head Coach of Benfica B, is a former Portugal international with 35 caps to his name and who started Euro 96 as first choice centre-back - the team going all the way to the Quarter-Finals.

He spent most of his domestic playing career with Benfica but moved to Spain with Deportivo La Coruna in 1997, then had a short loan spell with Newcastle United in 1999. After ending his career with Greek side AEL 1964 in 2006, he took up coaching a few years later. He has been a youth coach with Benfica since 2013.

Brentford B

O'Connor will be without winger Henrik Johansson, the Swedish youth international still recovering from a muscle injury sustained last season. In the same area of midfield, Herson Alves returned to full contact training in Hungary and even got some minutes on the pitch in the 2-1 win over MSK Zilina.

The rest of the squad got through the training camp unharmed and will be available for selection.

The B Team have seen plenty of goals go in already this season, Ali Coote leading the way having netted three in two matches. Ilias Chatzitheodoridis, Zain Westbrooke and Theo Archibald have all added one each.

Greek fullback Chatzitheodoridis has already matched last season's tally, when he scored in a pre-season match against FC Midtjylland.

How to follow the game

The match will be covered on Brentford's twitter account @brentfordfc, alongside the match centre that can be found at brentfordfc.com. A full match report will also appear on the website after the game.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Benfica B 0 Brentford B 6

Brentford B triumph over second division Portuguese side on a rainy day in Lisbon

19 July 2017

Brentford B won 6-0 at Benfica B on a rainy Wednesday morning in the Portuguese capital.

Marcus Forss scored four, Zain Westbrooke and Jan Novak added goals of their own either side of half time.

The Bees got off to a great start when they scored two inside the first six minutes. Forss got both, the first a half-volley to tuck home Theo Archibald's low cross, the second showing good strength to get away from his marker and drill the ball into the net.

The third came from a Benfica mistake with 23 minutes gone. A weak back pass from their centre-back set Forss clear for a one-on-one. He rounded the keeper, then cut back inside and found the net despite several red shirts flooding back to defend.

The home side had chances to get back into the game but couldn't find a way past the Brentford back four. Ilias Chatzitheodoridis deflected a shot wide after half an hour before Lukas Talbro then cleared one off the line.

Westbrooke got the pick of the goals soon after, clipping one in from the edge of the box. As the ball fell to him, he struck it first time and it found the top right corner.

Benfica pushed forward more as the half wore on, twice going close to getting themselves on the scoresheet. With only minutes to go before half time, The Eagles wasted their best chance of the game. Three players broke forward against Chris Mepham, with an option either side of the centre-back. However, the player in the middle decided to go for goal from distance and his teammates looked on in shock as the ball fizzed a good few yards wide.

In the second half, Benfica continued to put pressure on their visitors. Physically, they were putting some strong challenges in during the opening minutes and Brentford were more than happy to pay them back in kind.

Forss put a stop to all this when he smashed in his fourth and final goal of the match. After Theo Archibald couldn't connect with a volley properly in the box, the ball fell to Forss who needed no invitation and drilled it home.

Ellery Balcombe was also in top form between the sticks. His most impressive saves came in the last quarter of an hour. Benfica broke away at pace with the ball ending up on the right wing, it was crossed and volleyed but Balcombe parried. He then got up to catch the rebounded header that was heading in but for the keeper's reactions.

The sixth goal went in after the best passing move of the match. On the left Chatzitheodoridis played the ball inside to Jan Holldack. The German turned and found Talbro sprinting down the opposite flank, the Dane's cross inch perfect for Novak to loop over the keeper and score off the bar.

Brentford B: Ellery Balcombe; Lukas Talbro, Chris Mepham, Jarvis Edobor, Ilias Chatzitheodoridis; Zain Westbrooke (c), Bradley Clayton (sub Raphael Assibey-Mensah 80 mins), Ali Coote (sub Nikolaj Kirk 55 mins); Theo Archibald (sub Jan Novak 75 mins), Herson Alves (sub Jan Holldack 59 mins), Marcus Forss (sub Joe Hardy 81 mins)

Benfica B: Ivan Zlobin; Alex Pinto, Joao Escoval, Pedro Amaral, Dmytro Lytvyn; Joao Felix, Diogo Mendes, Filipe Ferreira, Heriberto Tavares; Nuno Santos, Alan Junior

Benfica B (second half): Daniel Azevedo; Francisco Ferreira, Simon Ramirez, Pedro Amaral, Helder Balde; Daniel dos Anjos, Pedro Rodrigues, Zidane Banjaqui, Filipe Soares; Vinicius Ferreira, Luquinhas

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