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QPR vs FC Union Berlin at Loftus Road

Smith heads in to make it 2-0

  • 3 QPR

    • Bright Osayi-Samuel 18'
    • Matt Smith 30'
    • Eberechi Eze 59'
  • 0 FC Union Berlin

28th July 2018 2:30 PM

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Referee:
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QPR signed off for pre-season with a 3-0 win against German side Union Berlin at Loftus Road on Saturday.

Goals from Bright Osayi-Samuel, Matt Smith and an Eberechi Eze penalty handed the R’s victory against the Bundesliga 2 outfit ahead of manager Steve McClaren’s Sky Bet Championship opener with Preston North End in seven days time.

McClaren may have given a hint to his starting XI to face Preston North End in seven days time when the Championship season gets underway. Matt Ingram was handed the keepers' jersey whilst Matt Smith was joined in attack by Bright Osayi-Samuel and Luke Freeman, Eberechi Eze occupying the number 10 role behind.

The visitors had the first chance of the match after nine minutes when a corner from Union Berlin captain Christopher Trimmel was volleyed over Ingram’s bar from 18-yards by Marcel Hartel.

Rangers responded positively through Eze who saw his free-kick, after being brought down 22-yards from goal, pushed away by Union custodian Rafal Gikiewicz before moments later striker Smith nodded wide from Jake Bidwell’s left-wing cross as QPR looked for an opener.

It was a sign of what was to come as QPR soon went 1-0 up. The ever-dangerous Eze went down the left before cutting back to Osayi-Samuel in the 18-yard box who showed good feet to shift it onto his left foot before finishing into the far corner from 12-yards.

Seven minutes later, Smith, had keeper Gikiewicz scrambling to push away his header from Bidwell’s hanging cross as the R’s looked to turn the screw against their German opponents.

They didn’t have to wait long to make that the case, as on the half an hour mark a well-worked corner - Freeman dinking to the near post - saw Smith nod home inside the six-yard box to make it 2-0.

Osayi-Samuel then nearly put QPR further ahead seven minutes before half-time. Former Union Berlin defender Toni Leistner’s diagonal out of the back released the ex-Blackpool attacker away but his right footed shot squeezed just wide of the upright.

QPR were quick out of the traps in the second half as they went close in quick succession. First Matt Smith’s back header earned Rangers a corner as the keeper turned behind before Eze volleyed wide unmarked from Freeman’s resulting corner.

It was three-sy for Eze though in the 59th minute after the 20-year-old was brought down in the area as he jinked his way past the Union defence to win a spot-kick. The R’s number 10 picked himself up to find the top corner from 12-yards as QPR took a comfortable 3-0 lead at Loftus Road.

On a rare attack from the visitors, Ingram was alert to deny Union substitute Joshua Mees with a fine reaction save from eight yards 15 minutes from time.

That proved the final chance as a number of late changes broke up the rhythm as QPR secured the win.

QPR: Ingram, Kakay (Baptiste 76), Leistner, Lynch, Bidwell, Luongo (Cousins 72), Scowen (Smyth 76), Freeman, Eze, Smith (Washington 81), Osayi-Samuel (Manning 65).

Subs not used: Lumley, Chair, Wszolek, Wheeler, Hamalainen, Sylla.