R's suffer defeat against Lokomotive Leipzig
QPR suffered a 3-2 defeat against Lokomotive Leipzig on Sunday afternoon in their latest pre-season friendly.
Ian Holloway’s side found themselves 3-0 down after 51 minutes before goals from Ryan Manning and Pawel Wszolek helped them back into the match.
It was the hosts that took the lead after 11 minutes when Ryan Malone was on hand to finish inside the QPR penalty. A free-kick from the right hand side wasn’t cleared and Malone shrugged off his marker to finish from close range.
Eight minutes later and Leipzig had doubled their advantage when Paul Maurer curled past Matt Ingram from just outside the QPR penalty area to make it 2-0.
Rangers responded and Reece Grego-Cox fired agonising over the QPR bar following a good pull back from Pawel Wszolek.
QPR then went closer still when Luke Freeman’s initial corner after 34 minutes hit the crossbar, before Grego-Cox headed Sean Goss’s cross over on the follow-up as the first half ended 2-0 to Lokomotive Leipzig.
Following the break Holloway made the first of his changes as Massimo Luongo replaced Sean Goss in the centre of midfield.
However, Leipzig extended their lead further in the 51st minute though when Maik Salewski headed home after our hosts initial effort struck the foot of Ingram’s post.
Ryan Manning then reduced the deficit three minutes later with a well executed volley from the edge of the Leipzig box. The Irishman created space 22-yards from goal with a nice swivel before half volleying past keeper Benjamin Kirsten to make it 3-1.
Moments after coming on, R’s substitute Eberechi Eze almost made an instant impact for his side as he smashed Freeman’s cross into the side netting from six-yards before a series of Ingram saves at the other end kept the Leipzig attack at bay.
Then ten minutes from time QPR did manage to get the ball in the net again as Eze played in Grego-Cox but the R’s youngster was flagged offside before Wszolek pulled back another goal for Rangers in the 83rd minute.
The Polish wideman cut in from the right before finishing well into the top corner with his left foot just inside the 18-yard box as QPR made it 3-2 but the R’s were unable to grab a third as they suffered defeat in at the Bruno-Plache-Stadion.
QPR will now take on Union Berlin again on Monday evening (6pm local time) in a re-arranged fixture following the abandonment of Saturday’s friendly due to a waterlogged pitch.
QPR: Ingram, Furlong, Hamalainen, Phillips (Kakay 70), Freeman, Cousins (Eze 60), Grego-Cox, Goss (Luongo 46), Manning, Robinson, Wszolek.
Subs not used: Lumley.