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Brentford 2 Real Club Celta de Vigo 1

First half goals give Brentford pre-season win

29 July 2017

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Brentford ended their pre-season friendly programme with a home win against Real Club Celta de Vigo. The Bees took a 2-0 lead in the first half thanks to a couple of superb goals. Firstly Lasse Vibe finished off a delicious Josh McEachran pass to put Brentford ahead before Jota curled in a free kick to make it 2-0. Celta responded after the break and former Manchester City striker John Guidetti halved the deficit but Brentford took the win.

It was a victory The Bees deserved. They started the game brightly and could have been out of sight before half an hour had elapsed. They were not quite as good after the interval, when Celta came on strong, but apart from the Guidetti goal, were rarely troubled. The Bees also finished the game brightly and end their run of friendly games with four wins and two draws with the start of the Sky Bet Championship season just a week away.

Brentford flew out of the blocks. They took the game straight to their Spanish visitors and had a series of early opportunities. Vibe could have scored inside the first minute but could only direct a Henrik Dalsgaard ball across the face of goal and Sergi Canós had a curling shot saved soon after. Vigo goalkeeper Ruben Blanco then denied Jota, after a clever short corner, before a slightly easier save from a Canós snap shot.

Brentford had complete control of the first 15 minutes. Josh McEachran was orchestrating the game from the centre of the pitch, ably assisted by Kamo Mokotjo, while wide players Jota and Canós were constantly threatening the Vigo back line. Visiting captain Hugo Mallo was forced in to one particularly crude challenge to stop Canós and The Bees had other free kicks in dangerous areas thanks to some quick feet.

When one dead ball was half cleared, Ollie Watkins had a shot that was half blocked and then saved and from one soon after Jota hit a defensive wall with a direct effort. Canós saw a shot blocked after a weaving run and an exchange of passes with Mokotjo before a clever Jota pass put Vibe in behind, he tried to take the effort early and lift it over Blanco but got it slightly wrong and the lob sailed wide.

When The Bees eventually got the goal their pressure deserved, there was no surprise that McEachran was involved. The midfield man cut Celta open with a pass through the middle that allowed Vibe a run on goal, the striker cut ahead of his man and the lifted the ball over the advancing Blanco with the outside of his foot. The pass and the finish were of the highest class and Brentford deserved their lead but the goal came at a time when Celta were starting to gain a foothold in the match.

The visitors had gone close before the goal when, after Andreu Fontás had seen a shot blocked, Mallo got on to a pass and in behind but Daniel Bentley stood up firm and made the save. While there were not many chances, the visitors were stopping Brentford. They cut some of the supply to the flanks and got something of a grip in midfield. Bentley denied John Guidetti after good work by Mallo and Brais Méndez then saw a shot blocked.

Jota had a shot blocked for The Bees before he produced a moment of magic against his former club to double the lead. Canós had been felled 25 yards from goal and referee John Busby awarded the free kick. Jota stepped up and curled the ball over the wall and in to the net to give Brentford the sort of lead their play deserved.

The Bees continued to press towards the break but an injury to Canós halted their momentum. The Spanish winger had some treated and was then withdrawn just before half time, to be replaced by Florian Jozefzoon. That allow Celta to take the initiative and they could have scored before the interval. Pione Sisto curled a shot well over before Claudio Beauvue went closer with an effort that dipped just over Bentley’s crossbar at the end of the half.

The visitors continued to hold the upper hand after the break. Brentford could not find the rhythm they had for long periods in the first half and Celta were playing on the front foot. Beauvue had a volley blocked early in the second period before the introduction of Daniel Wass gave the visitors more of a cutting edge. Wass created a goal with his first touch, flicking a ball in to the path of Guidetti and enabling the striker to slot past Bentley and halve the deficit.

Wass then shot wide for Celta after good work on the right by Guidetti and the substitute then blazed high and wide when well-placed. Bentley made an acrobatic stop to keep out a dipping, swerving shot from Andrew Hjulsager before Facundo Roncaglia curled an effort wide after a corner had been half cleared. At the other end, Vibe almost got on to a short back pass from Jonny but goalkeeper Iván Villar, a half time replacement, got his body in the way of the toe-poked shot and kept the ball out.

Both teams made changes throughout the second period and the end of the game was mainly played in the centre of the pitch. Brentford were the team on the front foot and looked most likely to get the fourth goal. They almost got it when a free kick was half cleared, Nico Yennaris played the ball forward and Dalsgaard flicked it in to path of Neal Maupay but Villar saved. The Bees then had a goal rule out from the resulting corner when it was adjudged John Egan had committed a foul when heading across for Maupay to nod in. That did not affect the overall result, however, and Brentford taking the win.

Brentford: Bentley; Dalsgaard, Egan, Bjelland (sub Barbet h/t), Henry; Mokotjo (sub Woods 72 mins), McEachran (sub Yennaris 61 mins); Jota, Watkins (sub Sawyers 72 mins), Canós (sub Jozefzoon 43 mins); Vibe (sub Maupay 72 mins)

Real Club Celta de Vigo: Blanco (sub Villar h/t);Mallo (sub Costas 61 mins), S. Gomez (sub Cabral 61 mins), Fontás (sub Roncaglia 61 mins), Pampín (sub Jonny 61 mins); Diop (sub Radoja 61 mins); Méndez (sub Wass 53 mins), Lobotka (sub Jozabed 61 mins); Beauvue (sub Aspas 61 mins), Guidetti (sub M. Gómez 61 mins), Sisto (sub Hjulsager 61 mins)

Attendance: 2,675

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