Brentford’s European dreams fell at the final hurdle despite beating Premier League champions Manchester City 1-0 in west London.
Thomas Frank’s side needed to beat City and hope Aston Villa and Tottenham failed to win against Brighton and Leeds respectively. And while Ethan Pinnock’s late strike meant the Bees held their side of the bargain, both Villa and Spurs won, meaning the Bees remain in ninth.It was a goal that Brentford deserved after dominating the chances all afternoon, as City lost for the first time since their defeat to Tottenham on February 5.
Pep Guardiola’s side, who left Erling Haaland on the bench and Kevin De Bruyne at home, only had half-chances for most of the game but could have snatched a draw in stoppage-time.
Cole Palmer had three big chances from close range in the space of five seconds, seeing two good efforts blocked by match-winner Pinnock, before another was hacked off the line by Ben Mee.
Brentford supporters created a superb atmosphere in their must-win game – but Villa going into a two-goal lead against Brighton quickly dampened the mood.
Yet Frank’s Bees still created a superb first-half display, putting the champions into several uncomfortable moments.
In other news-2023 Driver of the Year competition launched
The Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) continues to implement a raft of measures to reduce road carnage with the launch of the Driver of the Year competition being one such initiative.
The high number of road accidents in the country is a growing cause for concern that has prompted the TSCZ to introduce the competition as part of ways of encouraging responsible behaviour by drivers on the road.
The competition was launched in Vumba this Sunday. Learn more