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Posted Tuesday, July 17th 2018

Report: Real Balopédica Linense 2-2 Bristol City

A 90th minute headed equaliser from Real Balopédica Linense substitute Carrasco denied City a winning start to their Spanish pre-season tour.

Famara Diédhiou had netted twice with deft touches against the Segunda Division B (Spanish second tier) side as the Robins led 2-0.

But two goals in the Estadio Municipal de La Línea de la Concepción, nestled in the shadow of the Rock of Gibraltar, in the last 15 minutes cancelled them out.

Head coach Lee Johnson made seven changes from the starting line-up against Shrewsbury Town four days earlier for the club’s fifth pre-season run-out, with Joe Bryan as captain.

And City started brightly using Niclas Eliasson to probe down the right with early success, with the Swedish wideman winning a corner from Adam Baldwin’s perfectly-paced through ball. 

Diédhiou then shot directly at David Robador in the host’s goal, before heading wide from Bryan’s cross as City dominated the opening 15 minutes.

Bryan captain's his hometown club

DIÉDHIOU BREAKS THE DEADLOCK

O’Dowda, scorer against the Shrews, looked lively and found the back of the net from Eliasson’s inviting cross, only to be judged to have fouled in the act of heading.

City were rewarded on the half hour mark when O’Dowda found Diédhiou with a floated pass, and the frontman lifted the his first-timed effort over the onrushing shot-stopper. 

O’Dowda was replaced by Rory Holden just short of half-time, after an impressive showing from the Republic of Ireland attacker.

Diédhiou celebrates with teammate Brownhill

CITY DOUBLE THEIR ADVANTAGE

As City continued to dominate proceedings, substitute Holden conducted his defensive duties impeccably, before turning provider minutes later.

The youngster took advantage of a defender’s stumble on the edge of the box and managed to pinch possession, take the ball wide and cross for Diédhiou to touch in at the near post.

LINENSE STRIKE BACK

Substitute Ahmed pulled a goal back for the hosts in the 76th minute when he was first to react to a loose ball and the goal triggered a response.

With momentum in their stride, the hosts continued push for an equaliser and their efforts were rewarded when Carrasco rose well inside a crowded area to head in from Ahmed’s corner in virtually the last play of the game.

City will finish their week-long warm weather training camps against Rayo Vallecano at the Marbella Football Centre on Saturday evening (July 21st, 8pm).

Bristol City: Max O’Leary (Jojo Wollacott 71), Aden Baldwin (Cameron Pring 71), Joe Bryan (capt), Taylor Moore, Nathan Baker, Josh Brownhill (Joe Morrell 64), Famara Diédhiou (Milan Djuric 58), Callum O’Dowda (Rory Holden 42), Liam Walsh, Niclas Eliasson, Jamie Paterson (Connor Lemonheigh-Evans 79). Substitutes: Adam Webster, Matty Taylor, Marley Watkins.

Real Balopédica Linense: David Robador, Sergio Rodríguez, Alex Trujillo, Joe, Ceceri, Ismael Chico (capt), Gato, Abel Suárez, Dhin, Pirulo, Luismi. Substitutes: Rafa Navarro, Javi Montoya, Carrasco, Pierre, Fabio Méndez, Sana, Jeses Méndez, Juampe, Ahmed, May.