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Kick off 11:30 (UK)

15 January 2020 Venue F.C. Marmande Attendance

Kick off 11:30 (UK)

Bordeaux XI
3 - 1
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Match Preview: Bordeaux XI v Brentford B

The young Bees set for tough test in France

15 January 2020

Brentford B will take on a Bordeaux XI this afternoon at FC Marmande in a 12.30pm kick-off (11.30am GMT.)

The young Bees, fresh from their 2-0 win over Beijing Renhe last week, travel to France looking to build on a good start to 2020 before they set their sights on fixtures in Portugal in the coming days.

They will take on a Bordeaux side which is expected to feature some members of Paulo Sousa’s first team set up as well as some players from their reserve side.

The Bordeaux first team compete in France’s top Division, Ligue 1, and currently occupy 13th place and sit on 26 points having played 20 matches so far this season.

The side recently fell to a home defeat to Lyon which followed a 2-0 win over Le Mans back on 3 January.

The Bordeaux Reserve side currently compete in National 3 League where they occupy ninth place and are unbeaten in their last five matches, picking up wins over Niort and Bressuire.

The match between the two sides will play at FC Marmande’s Stade Michelon, which is around one hour’s drive from Bordeaux in the town of Marmande.

Having had a period to work hard in training since Brentford B returned from their short Christmas break, Neil MacFarlane believes the sessions will serve them well and expects nothing less than a tough test when they come up against the French side.

He explained: “I think they’re (Bordeaux) planning on having a mix of players who have not been involved with their first team and then a few of their boys from their under-23s. It will be another tough game, a level up from today (v Beijing), and we’ll have to raise our levels especially more than they were in the second half.

“The block of training has been fantastic for us. November and December we were so busy in terms of games that we probably didn’t have a sustained period like that, but we’ve now had it and I think you can see in the first half that the work that we’ve been doing in the last nine days or so, and long may that continue. A really good block on the training ground, we’re back into the games now and it’s about making sure that everyone is prepared.”

A livestream of the match will not be available against Bordeaux, but the club will be covering the fixture across its social media channels with highlights of the fixture will be available within the coming days.

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Match Reports

Match Report and Match Action: Bordeaux XI 3 Brentford B 1

Young Bees beaten in France

17 January 2020

Brentford B fell to a 3-1 defeat against a Bordeaux XI at FC Marmande in France.

The young Bees fell behind to an early Amadou Traore finish before the hosts kicked on in the second period to net through Gabriel Lemoine and Loic Bessile.

Arthur Read would ensure that the young Bees would get on the scoresheet in the dying seconds of the game as he slotted home following good hold-up play from Gustav Mogensen.

The home side started the brighter with an intense press putting the Brentford back four under significant pressure early on. And that intensity showed when they forced Aubrel Koutsimouka into a misplaced pass before Traore picked it up and slotted low into the corner past Nathan Shepperd.

After riding out the early pressure Brentford B began to assert themselves on the game a bit more and had a good chance when Matej Majka pulled the ball back from Jaakko Oksanen to shoot but for a good defensive block.

Christian Tue Jensen would then attempt to replicate one of his excellent free-kick finishes that have served him well so far this season, but the Dane was just off target despite making the Bordeaux keeper scramble to his right-hand post.

A Brendan Lebas volley would follow just after the half hour mark as the French side reminded the Bees of their counter-attacking threat.

A big chance then fell for Koutsimouka just before the break when a whipping corner from Tue Jensen found the defender unmarked, but he was unable to keep his header on target as it edged just over the crossbar.

Tue Jensen would see his second free-kick saved early in the second period which preceded the second goal of the game, and unfortunately for The Bees, it went against them. After Nick Tsaroulla was dispossessed out wide on the left, Lemoine was set free and managed to hold off Kane O’Connor before cutting onto his left foot and finishing clinically.

It would get worse just after the hour mark when the French side added a third from a set piece. A whipped in free-kick from the left found Bessile who thumped a header into the back of the net to put the hosts firmly in control.

Few chances would fall in the later stages of the game bar a David Titov cross which was claimed well and a Mogensen header which edged the wrong side of the post.

But in the 92nd minute the young Bees managed to get themselves on the scoresheet as a ball was stood up to the far post which saw Mogensen rise well to nod into the path of Read who finished well.

The Bees will set their sights on a trip to Portugal on Saturday where they will take on FC Seoul and FC Astana.

Brentford B: Shepperd, Tsaroulla, Yearwood, Koutsimouka (Mitchell, 67), O’Connor, Adams, Zamburek, Majka (Mogensen, 57), Tue Jensen (Carre, 57), Titov, Oksanen (Read, 57)

Subs not used: Trialist

Bordeaux XI: Malbec, Lacoux, Carrique, Bessile, Dedioub, Boujouaha, Delaurier, Depussay, Traore, Zerkane, Lebas

Subs: Cardoso, Compper, Orea, Lottin, Semedo, Haruna, Lemoine, Mamoudi

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