DJIBRIL Cisse scored twice for Rangers, who twice had to come from behind to earn a draw against German Bundesliga outfit FC Augsburg at the SGL arena.
In the final fixture of the R’s pre-season campaign, Mark Hughes’s men were behind after 17 minutes when Aristide Bance struck from the penalty spot.
Cisse levelled in emphatic fashion in the 33rd minute, before the home side restored their advantage thanks to an Anton Ferdinand own goal just four minutes later.
But QPR weren’t to be denied and, after Junior Hoilett put the French hot-shot through on goal in the 55th minute, Cisse fired home from 12 yards.
Meanwhile, Ryan Nelsen was handed his R’s debut, while Ale Faurlin also made a long-awaited comeback from injury when introduced as a second-half substitute.
The best chance of the opening stanza arrived for the hosts on six minutes.
Knowledge Musona found space down the right before cutting the ball back to Bance, who blasted over from inside the box.
Eleven minutes later, Augsburg were in front from the penalty spot.
The home side were awarded the spot-kick after Bance’s fierce free-kick was adjudged to have struck the arm of Nelsen.
Bance stepped up and made no mistake from 12 yards, drilling a low effort into the middle of the goal.
Augsburg went close once again on 30 minutes, with Giovanni Sio dispossessing Nelsen before shooting wide.
Rangers were finding chances hard to come by but levelled with their first opportunity of the contest on 33 minutes.
Nedum Onuoha’s through pass may have evaded Kieron Dyer but it didn’t Cisse, who latched on to the ball before firing an unstoppable low effort into the bottom right-hand corner.
But QPR only remained on level terms for four minutes, with a mix-up in the visitors’ rear-guard handing Augsburg their second goal of the afternoon.
A long ball forward sparked confusion between Rob Green and Ferdinand, with the latter heading past his own goalkeeper.
Green went some way to atoning for that earlier error three minutes before the break, beating away Sio’s long-range effort.
Rangers came out for the second period with a greater sense of purpose and, with that, almost drew level for a second time in the 52nd minute.
It was nearly a second goal for Cisse too, who saw his looped effort following Taarabt’s delicious pass crash back off the bar.
Three minutes later, Rangers were level. Hoilett’s excellent cross-field ball put Cisse in the clear, who slammed home when inside in the box.
Augsburg went mightily close to regaining the lead again on 58 minutes, with the lively Bance seeing his half-volley loop just wide of the left-hand post.
Perhaps the biggest cheer of the afternoon from the travelling R’s contigent arrived on 77 minutes, after Faurlin made his long-awaited comeback from injury as a replacement for Ji-Sung Park.
Green had to be at his best again to keep Dominik Reinhardt out on 81 minutes, before Rangers saw strong appeals for a penalty waived away two minutes from time when Fabio da Silva went down under challenge in the box.
QPR: Green, Derry (Taarabt 46), Ferdinand, Onuoha, Park (Faurlin 77), Dyer (Wright-Phillips 46), Cisse (Zamora 77), Mackie, Fabio, Nelsen, Hoilett.
Subs not used: Murphy, Ehmer, Connolly, Ephraim, Sutherland, Doughty, Harriman.
Goals: Augsburg - Bance (pen 17), Ferdinand (og 37); QPR - Cisse (33 & 55)
Referee: D Aytekin