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Match Preview: Brescia Calcio vs Brentford B
Bees face first Italy tour match in Coccaglio
5 December 2018
This afternoon, Brentford B take on a team from Brescia Calcio in the Italian village of Coccaglio.
Kevin O'Connor's side last faced European action in Switzerland, when they played against Grasshopper Club Zurich. The Bees emerged victorious with a 2-0 win on that day, thanks to goals from Canice Carroll and Joe Hardy.
Today's team will be without Finnish youngster Jaakko Oksanen, missing with an ankle injury picked up against Met Police FC last week. Jarvis Edobor misses his first tour with the B Team, moving on loan to Maidstone United this month until January.
The Biancoazzurri are a team from Serie B in the Italian league system, a record-holder for number of season in the division after 61 years of second-tier football. They have won the competition three times; 1964-65, 1991-92 and 1996-97. They are currently coached by former player Eugenio Corini, previously employed at both Palermo and Chievo. Twice the side have reached the Intertoto Cup, twice led by legendary attacker Roberto Baggio.
Hardy goal snatches stoppage time victory in Coccaglio
5 December 2018
Brentford B won 4-3 over Brescia Calcio Under-21s on Wedensday afternoon in the Lombardy province of Italy.
After recovering from a one-goal deficit twice, Joe Hardy struck in stoppage time at the end of the game to snatch a win for Kevin O'Connor's side in their first Italian tour match.
Kolbeinn Finnsson had opened the scoring for The Bees in the first half, with Hardy adding a second before the break. David Titov then scored with his side chasing the game, setting up a grandstand finish for Hardy in the dying moments.
The Bees opened the scoring after 14 minutes, Finnsson collecting a ball that Hardy had won back close to the box. The Icelandic youngster drilled it low into the bottom left corner.
The hosts equalised and then took the lead in the space of three minutes before the half-hour. A corner routine hadn't worked properly but the ball fell kindly to Tommaso Venturelli on the edge of the box, and he drilled it through a crowd of players. It took a slight deflection on its way into the bottom corner, with Patrik Gunnarsson completely unsighted.
The second came after a quick break through the middle. The ball was shifted to the right and there was Venturelli again to strike. Luka Racic did his best to get in the way but could only divert it into the net, not getting enough on his header to push it wide.
It looked like it might be a third when Lorenzo Lucca raced clear of the offside trap a few minutes later. Gunnarsson came out quickly to block his first effort, then it was Racic with a header off the line following up the second shot by the big centre forward.
Hardy equalised on 40 minutes. Cole Dasilva played the ball into some space behind the defence, Hardy just about squeezing a shot under the goalkeeper. It almost stayed out, but had enough momentum to dribble its way over the line.
Just before half-time, Brescia took the lead again. A long ball forward was switched quickly from left to right, allowing Andrea Ghezzi a free run on goal. He nutmegged the onrushing Gunnarsson and the ball found the net.
After the break, Brentford went in search of an equaliser. Their new desire was evident immediately as Hardy pushed a low shot just wide of the target.
On the hour, he hit the post. A ball down the right found him in space, and he tucked an effort under Federico Botti. It looked perfect, but clipped the far post and rebounded back into the box.
The leveller came through great work from the Trialist on the right side of the box. He won the ball back from his marker, crossed low into the box and there was Titov to smash home the third goal.
A few minutes later, Brentford were denied what looked like a clear penalty when Ali Coote was brought crashing to the ground inside the box. He had been waiting for the ball to drop down from a Henrik Johansson flick but was barged to the floor by Giorgio Lancini. Lancini had been booked a few minutes earlier for a late challenge on Titov near the halfway line, however the referee waved away the protests.
The winner came in the first minute of stoppage time. Dasilva knocked a ball into the area and had the sense to follow his pass. When the ball returned to him in mid-air he was in just the right pocket of space to nod it on to Hardy. The striker saw Botti race off his line, and smartly clipped it over the top of him. 4-3.