“Shortest loan in history?” – Young Australian Marlee Francois scores bizarre equalizer after pre-match club swap

Australian teenager Marlee Francois scored a strange late equalizer in a friendly between Bristol City and Portsmouth on Tuesday.

Despite being a Bristol City player, the 18-year-old has been cleared to play for Portsmouth with the visiting club in limited numbers for the game.

With the game extended to 120 minutes, Francois replaced the opposition in the final 30 minutes and appeared in the 101st minute to score one of football’s strangest goals.

François, Fulham’s Tyrese’s brother, had a breakthrough months after he was first called up to the Olyroos last month for a camp in Spain.

Although neither he nor his brother qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, the midfielder seized his rather unlikely chance to shine at club level with his goal for Portsmouth.

The teenager didn’t sign his first professional contract with the championship team until March and wants to continue to progress in the years to come.

“It’s a big time for my family and it’s something that I have worked on all my life. I am honored that it is with such a great club in Bristol City, “he said at the time.

“My brother and I always trained in the garden, we always pushed each other to the next level. It has always been our dream to become professional footballers.”

Bristol City will face MK Dons in another friendly on July 24 and Francois will no doubt be hoping to impress his current club this time around.

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