Brentford ended their pre-season training camp with a pre-season friendly against Swiss side Lausanne-Sport that ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Bees – who have been in France training for a week – held a first half lead against the Swiss top flight outfit thanks to a Lasse Vibe goal and had the better of that opening 45. But LS, as they are known, responded well after the break and levelled in the second period to ensure the match ended all squad.
Brentford used 19 players over the 90 minutes with only goalkeeper Daniel Bentley playing the full game. The Bees made eight changes at the break and never quite regained the rhythm they had in a good first half showing. There was a first Brentford appearance for Kamo Mokotjo in midfield while Lasse Vibe, Romaine Sawyers and Andreas Bjelland also played their first games of the campaign.
The game was competitive, for a friendly, with LS using it more as their final warm-up for the Swiss season, which starts next week. They forced the first save of the afternoon – Bentley denying Andrea Maccoppi – and could have been ahead inside the first ten minutes when Jérémy Manière saw a shot from a corner deflect just wide before Alain Rochat nodded wide. Samuele Campo had a shot blocked and then forced Bentley in to another save soon after but LS were by no means having things their own way.
Mokotjo and Josh McEachran had control of the midfield and were looking to pick passes forward to the attacking trio of Vibe, Sergi Canós and Florian Jozefzoon. With LS playing a back three there were spaces in the channels that The Bees looked to exploit. A McEachran pass set Vibe clear early on but he was forced wide and had to deliver a far post cross that Canós volleyed narrowly over. The next time Vibe had a sight of goal, after good work by Canós, he made no mistake – holding off a posse of defenders to curl home.
Bjelland had a sight of goal from a corner but blasted wide before Jozefzoon was crowded out as he tried to break quickly. Canós had a shot blocked soon after and a reaction header from Vibe floated over. When a corner was half cleared, Sawyers found space to deliver a cross but Mokotjo missed his kick 15 yards out and sliced it wide.
There were chances at both ends as the first half drew to a close. Canós shot just wide following a short corner and Vibe fired narrowly past the far post after good work by Mokotjo and Jozefzoon. Campo fired well over for LS and Rochat saw a header deflected wide but Brentford had the lead at the break and deserved it.
The Bees lost their flow with the half time changes and LS started to take control after the break. With Emmanuel Onariase in an unfamiliar midfield position, Brentford relinquished control of that area but they had a solid back line that LS struggled to break through. Bentley saved from Valeri Bojinov and then from Maccoppi but Brentford could have scored at the other end when Harlee Dean nodded across the face of goal after a clever short corner.
LS should have levelled when Alexandre Pasche was put in behind with only Bentley to beat but the Brentford goalkeeper came out on top. However, that only delayed the equalising goal. LS brought Pak Kwang-ryong on before the corner was taken and the North Korean striker met the delivery with his first touch and nodded it out of the reach of Bentley and in to the net. Manière had a header blocked soon after as LS looked like the team most likely to win the game but Brentford’s defence generally held firm.
Andi Zeqiri fired in to the side netting after wriggling free in the penalty area before Maccoppi curled a free kick well wide. Ryan Woods had to clear inside his six-yard box when a corner dropped loose and Zeqiri had another shot blocked as LS pressed, But Brentford could have won it when Nico Yennaris almost got on to a Rico Henry through ball but Thomas Castella saved at his feet and ensured the game finished, justifiably, level.
Brentford (First Half): Bentley; Clarke, Egan, Bjelland, Henry; Mokotjo, Sawyers, McEachran; Jozefzoon, Vibe, Canós
Brentford (Second Half): Bentley; Dalsgaard, Dean, Barbet, Field; Onariase, Yennaris, Woods; Jozefzoon (sub Clarke 70 mins), Shaibu, Canós (sub Henry 70 mins)
Lausanne-Sport: Castella, Marín, Monteiro, Rochat, Manière (sub Seydoux 70 mins), Gétaz; Zarate (sub Araz h/t), Campo (sub Zeqiri 70 mins), Maccoppi, Dominguez (sub Pasche h/t); Bojinov (sub Pak Kwang-ryong 65 mins)