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Match Report: Braga B 1 Brentford B 0

Bees beaten in first game of Portugal tour

18 April 2018

Brentford B lost 1-0 to Braga B on Wednesday afternoon in Portugal, Bruno Wilson scoring the only goal for the home side in the first half.

The game started with both sides getting chances. The first fell the way of Braga, who managed to get a header in deep in Brentford box. Luckily for The Bees, it dropped over the crossbar.

Next Ali Coote thought he'd scored when he struck a low effort on target in the penalty area. It was blocked on the line by a defender as goalkeeper Felipe Ferrera watched on.

Brentford keeper Ellery Balcombe had to keep his eye on the shot from Felipe Villagrán soon after. Hit from distance, it swerved in the air before dipping just over the away side's bar.

Braga took the lead through defender Bruno Wilson after 18 minutes. A free-kick taken straight off the training ground allowed Braga a shot through a crowd of bodies. Balcombe only saw it late but made a reaction stop. The ball dropped kindly for the home side though, and Bruno tucked it home.

A few minutes later, Brentford struck the post through Theo Archibald. Collecting a ball in from the wing by Bradley Clayton, he turned on to his left foot and hit one low. It beat the keeper but hit the right post and bounced away from danger.

After 27 minutes it looked like the away side would draw level when Marcus Forss went clear one-on-one. Goalkeeper Ferrera raced out to meet him and the forward looked caught in two minds. His resulting shot wasn't quite powerful enough to get past the stopper and it remained one-nil.

José Denisson then went close for the hosts. Breaking clear on the left he shuffled the ball inside via his right foot before switching back to his left and shooting. The shot found the side-netting and may have clipped the post on its way.

The rest of the first half became very slow in midfield with neither side creating too much in the way of clear cut chances. 

The second half was much of the same. Balcombe was forced into two good saves as time went on. The first came after 68 minutes when Braga looked to get in one-on-one but the keeper was out quickly to stop the chance.

The game heated up in the final 10 minutes, with chances for both sides. The first saw Balcombe make a great save to his left to deny Braga from what looked like a certain goal. 

Then Jarvis Edobor had a chance to level things with just two minutes to go. Reece Cole supplied the cross from the left and the defender got his head to it in front of goal, but he couldn't quite direct it inside the post and it dropped agonisingly wide.

Match Stats

Brentford B: Balcombe; Talbro, Edobor, Sorensen, Kirk; Oksanen (sub Trialist 64 mins), Cole, Coote; Clayton (sub Alves 64 mins), Archibald, Forss (sub Assibey-Mensah 84 mins)

Subs (not used): Thompson (GK), Novak, Titov 

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