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Kick off 12:00 (UK)

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25 January 2020 Venue Portugal: Venue TBC Attendance

Kick off 12:00 (UK)

Brentford
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FC Astana

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Match Preview: Brentford B v FC Astana

A look ahead to Brentford B's final match in Portugal

25 January 2020

Brentford B will round off their week’s stay in Portugal when they take on FC Astana at the Estadio Da Nora in a 12pm kick-off.

The young Bees have already taken on FC Seoul, drawing 3-3, and beaten local side FC Ferreiras 3-0, and the match looks to be a real test for Neil MacFarlane’s young side.

FC Astana, from Kazakhstan, play in the Kazakhstan Premier League which is the highest level in their country. Their stadium, the Astana Arena, boasts a capacity of 30,254 seats and the club was founded in 2009 originally named Lokomotiv Astana.

Recent seasons have seen the club compete in the UEFA Champions League, and this season they competed in the UEFA Europa League where they were drawn with the likes of Manchester United, AZ Alkmaar and Partizan Belgrade. They were unable to qualify for the knockout stages but picked up one of the more eye-catching results in the group phase as they beat Manchester United 2-1 at home.

Up until recently the club had been under the stewardship of Roman Hryhorchuk, but he departed on 14 January and Englishman Paul Ashworth took on the role as technical director of the club whilst Czech manager Michal Bílek took the managerial role.

Michal played for the likes of Sparta Prague and Real Betis before managing Sparta Prague and then the Czech national team. The club have travelled to Portugal for a training camp and to play a number of fixtures in the Algarve.

Brentford B will have a slightly smaller squad to choose from when they take on Astana as the likes of Fredrik Hammar, Luka Racic and Dru Yearwood, who all featured against FC Seoul last Sunday, have all returned to England early to make themselves available for first team action in The Emirates FA Cup against Leicester City.

Simon Andersson has now joined up with the young Bees though, and the Brentford B coaching staff could well make changes to the side that finished off the match with FC Ferreiras on Wednesday.

Discussing the match with Astana, Brentford B Coach Sam Saunders said: “It will be very tough, possibly the toughest fixture we’ve had this season, and we’ve had some really tough games. That’s why we took a couple of the boys off early (v FC Ferreiras) to make sure that they are ready for that. It’s going to be a very good game and hopefully it will finish off what’s been a very good tour well.”

The fixture kicks off 45 minutes before the first team’s match with Leicester City in The Emirates FA Cup, therefore there will not be live match updates on Twitter or Facebook. There will, however, be a live stream of the game available on the club’s YouTube channel as so supporters can tune in. There will be a full report on the game available on Saturday evening and post-match reaction will follow in the coming days.

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Match Reports

Match Report and Match Action: Brentford B 2 FC Astana 4

Young Bees fall to defeat despite their efforts

28 January 2020

Brentford B turned out a positive performance despite being beaten 4-2 in Portugal against FC Astana.

Gustav Mogensen and Paris Maghoma would get the goals for The Bees, and they dominated large periods of the match but some clinical finishing from the experienced Kazakhstan champions saw to it that they would fall to defeat.

It was the young Bees who would have the first chance of the match and it came inside the first minute. Aubrel Koutsimouka, deployed at left back in place of the injured Nick Tsaroulla, did fantastically to dart down the left before crossing well for Mogensen to head inches wide of goal.

But it was Astana who would get the game’s first goal in their first meaningful attack. After a corner was recycled from the right Marin Tomasov crossed well for Ramazan Karimov to head in off the crossbar to make it 1-0.

The young Bees continued to battle though, and more than held their own against the Europa League side who started the match with an average age of over 27. In fact, it was Neil MacFarlane’s side who got the next goal when the industrious Mogensen pounced on a loose header back from the Astana defence before he slotted home to make it 1-1.

Brentford B continued to look to go ahead and had a really good chance just after the half hour mark when they maintained possession really well on the edge of the box before the ball found Arthur Read, who was influential throughout, before he forced a smart save from the Astana keeper.

But the young Bees would be made to pay shortly after when Serbian international Antonio Rukavina crossed for Dorin Rotario to volley home at the far post despite the Brentford B protests for offside.

That would be the last action of the first period with the young Bees going in frustrated not to have at least been level with their opponents.

The second half was just four minutes old when the young Bees felt they should have been awarded a penalty. Kane O’Connor played a wonderful through ball into the path of Christian Tue Jensen who managed to latch onto the ball before colliding with the goalkeeper, but the referee waved away all claims for a spot kick.

A chance would then fall for Alexey Chshyotkin following a dangerous Astana corner, but his header was deflected wide. He would then have another chance from the next corner which Nathan Shepperd managed to stop from close range.

But it was Brentford who continued to control the match with their opponents sat deep as the likes of Read and substitute Maghoma continued to dictate the play. The latter played a wonderfully chipped ball into the path of David Titov, who pulled it back towards Mogensen who shot just over.

Another chance would fall for Maghoma when The Bees worked it well on the edge of the box before space opened up for the new signing whose low shot was well stopped with 15 minutes to play.

The Bees would be made to rue those missed chances as Astana made it 3-1 from a corner. A dangerous delivery found the head of Chshyotkin who’s well timed effort found Shepperd’s far corner to make it 3-1.

A key couple of minutes would follow five minutes from time when Matej Majka would have a low effort ruled out for offside before just moments later Tigran Barseghyan thumped home from the edge of the box with an excellent effort to extend their lead.

In the dying moments of the match, The Bees did narrow the margin as Maghoma netted his first for the club with a fantastic strike from the edge of the box, but the match ended 4-2 to the side from Kazakhstan.


Brentford B: Shepperd, Koutsimouka (Mitchell, 75), Read (Carre, 75), Sery Larsen, O’Connor, Majka, Trialist (Adams, 55), Tue Jensen (Maghoma, 55), Mogensen, Titov, Oksanen
Subs not used: Andersson

FC Astana: (First half) Nepogodov, Kashken, Mally, Logvinenko, Rukavina, Beisebkov, Pertsukh, Mayevski, Tomasov, Karimov, Rotariu

FC Astana: (Second half) Pavlov, Beisebkov, Posnikov, Tomasevic, Bystrov, Ebonh, Sigurjonsson, Shomko, Barsegyan, Chshyotkin, Zhalmukan

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