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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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