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Report: Almancilense 0-3 Bristol City

Jonathan Kodjia marked his debut with a goal as Bristol City cruised to victory over Almancilense in Ferreiras.

The local third tier opponents rarely troubled Steve Cotterill’s team, who went in front courtesy of Mark Little’s goal midway through the first half before Luke Freeman and Kodjia scored late in the second.

There was an early scare when Luke Ayling left Max O’Leary exposed with a short backpass, but striker Juliano was wasteful and side-footed the ball wide of the upright.

Juliano seemed eager to make an impression against English opposition, but was no more successful with his attempts from distance – twice shooting closer to the corner flag than O’Leary’s goal.

Instead all of the chances were at the other end, with new recruit Kodjia looking lively alongside Aaron Wilbraham up front.

First he showed good composure to turn in the box and lay the ball back for Marlon Pack, whose left-footed shot looked destined for the bottom corner before it was blocked by a covering defender.

Kodjia then headed over from a Freeman cross before showing a blistering turn of pace to burst beyond the halfway line, only to be fouled in shooting wide from 25 yards, paving the way for Freeman to come close from the resulting free kick.

Freeman was the architect as City took a deserved lead through Little, making his first appearance of the pre-season campaign, on 21 minutes.

Capitalising on a moment of hesitation inside the Almancilense box, the midfielder lifted his head and rolled the ball invitingly across goal for Little to convert with a simple tap-in at the far post.

The glut of City chances gave way to a more patient approach for the remainder of the half, with 16-year-old Lloyd Kelly impressing on the left side of the back three.

The only thing missing was a goal for Kodjia, but the Frenchman would continue to be a nuisance to the Almancilense backline long after the restart.

His explosive pace was clear to see again in latching on to Aden Flint’s ball over the top, but goalkeeper Nelson spread himself well to save with his legs after Kodjia had demonstrated his power to shrug off the last defender.

A neat one-two down the City right between room-mates Little and Korey Smith resulted in Kodjia stretching for a cross by Little that was only just beyond his extended studs.

Then the striker’s backheel outfoxed the Almancilense defence to release Joe Bryan, whose delivery was overhit in seeking out Wilbraham.

City’s second goal would eventually arrive five minutes from time as Freeman cleverly lifted the ball over replacement keeper Miguel to finish off a fine team move.

Substitute Bobby Reid, who supplied the killer ball for Freeman, then rattled the underside of the crossbar before Kodjia picked up the pieces, taking a touch and dispatching a low shot into the bottom corner from 12 yards as the tourists finished strongly.

Bristol City: O'Leary (De La Paz 78), Ayling, Flint, Kelly (Harper 80), Little (Burns 78), Smith, Pack (Reid 64), Freeman, Bryan, Kodjia, Wilbraham.

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