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Kick off 13:30 (UK)

11 December 2018 Venue Stadio Comunale Riva IV Attendance

Kick off 13:30 (UK)

FC Chiasso
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Preview: FC Chiasso vs Brentford B

Bees play final game of tour in Switzerland

11 December 2018

Kevin O'Connor and Brentford B face their last game of the 2018 Italian Tour, taking place in Switzerland. Travelling just across the border for a match at Stadio Comunale, the home of FC Chiasso. 

The last two games have seen a win and a draw. The opening fixture saw Joe Hardy snatch a last-gasp winner in a 4-3 over Brescia in Coccaglio. Then Red Bull Salzburg U19s drew 2-2 with The Bees, Cole Dasilva and Hardy netting in Mezzolombardo. 

Today, Simon Andersson is hoping to start in goal after missing out to Patrik Gunnarsson for the previous ties. Henrik Johansson is in contention for the first start of this season, following two sub appearances in Italy. Joe Hardy went three in three during his last tour, netting in all of the tour games, and looks to do the same again this afternoon.

Chiasso play their football in the Swiss Challenge League, the second tier of football in the country. Their most successful spell in football was their time in the top division during the 1950s, achieving as high as second place between 50-51. In the recent past, former Italian internationals Attilio Lombardo and Gianluca Zambrotta have managed the side.

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Match Reports

Report: Chiasso 1 Brentford B 2

Hardy and Johansson strike in final tour win

11 December 2018

Brentford B defeated FC Chiasso U23s 2-1 at Stadio Comunale in Switzerland on Tuesday afternoon. All the goals came in the first half as Kevin O’Connor’s side finished off their Italian tour with a record of two wins and a draw.

Joe Hardy scored a penalty after quarter of an hour before Henrik Johansson scored a free-kick to add the second in the first 45 minutes. Chiasso struck back through Christian Konan but that was all that the Swiss Challenge League side could manage.

There were two changes to the side that played Salzburg at the weekend, with goalkeeper Simon Andersson and winger Henrik Johansson coming into the team for Patrik Gunnarsson and Kolbeinn Finnsson. It was Johansson’s first start since he suffered an injury playing against Reading in February 2017, and so O’Connor handed him the captain’s armband.

Brentford dominated the early stages, creating a chance that saw Charlie Oliver nod one at the keeper from close range. Hardy then hit the post after shooting low from just inside the box.

The referee awarded Brentford a spot-kick when a Chiasso defender seemingly handled the ball when trying to block a shot from distance. The kick was taken by Hardy, who drilled it into the net and made it three goals in three tour games.

A few minutes later, Brentford had a second. With 22 minutes gone, Johansson curled a free-kick over the wall just outside the box. It found the top corner and marked his first goal in over two years.

Almost straight from kick-off, Chiasso had a goal back. Konan had collected the ball inside the box after a teammate rounded Andersson on the edge of the box. Neither Oliver nor Luka Racic could prevent the goal from being slotted home by the striker.

In the second half, neither side could manager a goal. Chances came and went for the likes of Canice Carroll, who hit the bar with an audacious overhead kick, and Kolbeinn Finnsson, brought on after an hour. Johansson also needed to be taken off after taking a ball to the face when defending a free-kick, replaced by Matej Majka after 59 minutes.

Brentford B: Andersson; Kirk, Racic, Oliver, Dasilva; Carroll (sub Trialist 82), Zamburek (sub Trialist 62), Coote (sub Mitchell 67); Titov (sub Finnsson 67), Hardy, Johansson (sub Majka 59)

Chiasso U23: Trialist-GK; Bouialaoui, Kingue, Boulesteix, Saad; Texier, Djouary, Ngoma, Mbvoumin; Haddad, Konan

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