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Posted Sunday, August 11th 2019

PSG Academy 0-0 Bristol City U23s 0

City's development side held a youthful PSG team to a 0-0 draw in the French capital.

Freddie Hinds, Ricardo Rees and Sam Pearson had the best of the chances for City, though the opposition keeper did well to deny them.

The young Robins held their own at PSG's training ground and were praised by coach Alex Ball.

"PSG were technically good and so we worked extremely hard, we set up well and kept our shape," he said. "We were disciplined in position and pressed when we could. PSG didn't like our pressure at times, they are maybe used to more time on ball.

"We nicked the ball off them to create three or four chances and that was a real positive today.

Ball added: "PSG had periods of possession, particularly late on we started to tire but we had to be disciplined in our defending. And at half-time we had to deal with their eight changes but we started well again and we forced their errors.

"We displayed some resolute defending to ensure the clean sheet and Will Buse made two very good saves. It was a well-deserved draw against a top European side."

Speaking of the occasion, Academy Manager Gary Probert commented: "A special thank you must go to Michael Lacen and all of PSG's Academy staff, for their hospitality and for the opportunity to test our players and staff against such competitive opposition."

City v PSG: Buse, Taylor, Webb (Soady 70), Towler, Harrison, Baldwin (C), S Pearson (Day 65), Z Smith, Britton (Conway 62), Hinds, Rees. Subs not used: Robertson, Low.

 

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