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Pre-season Friendlies: RCD Mallorca 1-0 West Brom

RCD Mallorca 1-0 West Brom

West Brom’s pre-season preparations ended in defeat, as Tony Pulis’s side went down 1-0 to RCD Mallorca in their final friendly of the summer.

Brandon Thomas Llamas, a 21-year-old Spanish national with an English father, who is simply known as Brandon, scored the only goal of the game just before half-time as he converted a cross from Thierry Moutinho to secure the win.

Pulis’s side did push for an equalizer in the second-half, with James Morrison having a goal ruled out for offside, before goalkeeper Ben Foster had an unlikely effort saved at the death after he went up for a corner.

Darren Fletcher puts a ball into the box during West Brom’s friendly in Mallorca

As the game kicked off there was an early scare for the Baggies as Eduard Campabadal’s cross made its way to defender Antonio Raillo, who headed wide, before the visitors went on the offensive.

James McClean’s corner found Gareth McAuley, but the Northern Irishman’s header was cleared, with his defensive partner Jonny Evans called into action before the break as he blocked Moutinho’s left-wing cross which was heading for Laga Junior.

Goalkeeper Foster had to deal with a 20-yard volley from Juan Rodriguez, but the hosts did manage to make the breakthrough before the half-time whistle, as Brandon beat Foster.

Saido Berahino, pictured prior to kick-off at the Iberostar Stadium in Mallorca

As West Brom went in search of an equalizer, Solomon Rondon lost possession from McClean’s pass, before Brandon threatened the Baggies’ goal again but fired his effort wide of the post.

Craig Dawson headed Craig Gardner’s cross wide before Foster had to be quick off his line to beat Juan Dominguez to the ball.

West Brom thought they had found an equalizer when Saido Berahino’s knockdown from Gardner’s corner was tapped home by Morrison, but he was adjudged to be offside.

Mallorca goalkeeper Roberto Santamaria had to be alert to keep out Jonas Olsson’s late header, beforehe had to be alert to push opposite number Foster’s shot away with the Baggies stopper up for a corner.

West Brom open their season away at Crystal Palace on August 13.


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