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MATCH REPORT: RB LEIPZIG 2, QPR 0

YUSSUF Poulsen was at the double, as QPR went down to a 2-0 defeat against Red Bull Leipzig.

The friendly saw both Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker make their R’s debuts, while trialist Jack Collison was also given a run-out.

However, two second-half strikes from Poulsen proved to be the difference, as Leipzig ran out victors at Stadion Der Freundschaft.

This fixture enjoyed a fairly even start, with little to choose between the teams. In fact, there were very few clear-cut chances in the first half.

Rani Khedira blasted high and wide for Leipzig in the seventh minute, before Rangers went close moments later.

Joey Barton freed Danny Simpson in the box but his low cross was taken off the toes of the waiting Charlie Austin.

Two minutes later, Michael Doughty also broke free but his centre was too heavy for those waiting in the penalty area.

Karl Henry was shown an early yellow card in the 11th minute for what looked to be a fairly innocuous challenge.

Khedira sent in another wayward effort for Leipzig on the half-hour mark – and that was largely it in the way of opportunities in the first period.

An extremely-heavy thunderstorm that came towards the end of the half was almost as exciting as it got!

But Leipzig would crash a free-kick off the face of the crossbar, Khedira the man with the effort once again as half-time approached.
 
The hosts went close four minutes after half-time, with Patrick Strauß shooting just past the left-hand post. Poulsen then headed wide from a corner.

Leipzig were on top early on in the second half and missed their best chance of the contest yet in the 54th minute.

Strauß was put through on goal but fired at the side-netting with only Rob Green to beat.

Denis Thomalla then thundered an effort over the bar from 20 yards.

Leipzig took the lead in the 62nd minute. Poulsen ran away from Dunne before calmly slotting past Green from 12 yards.

In the 67th minute, Dominik Kaiser controlled and fired towards goal on the volley but his effort dropped on to the roof of the net. Meanwhile, Rangers made a double substitution two minutes later.

Max Ehmer and Jamie Sendles-White came on for Shaun Wright-Phillips and Dunne respectively.

Leipzig wrapped up the win with 17 minutes left on the clock.

Strauß fed Poulsen in the box, who produced a smart finish past Green for his second goal of the contest.

QPR first half: Green, Simpson, Ferdinand, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Austin, Wright-Phillips, Doughty, Henry, Dunne.

QPR second half: Green, Caulker, Collison, Wright-Phillips (Ehmer 69), Onuoha, O’Neil, Faurlin, Petrasso, Dunne (Sendles-White 69), Zamora, Sutherland.

Goals: RB Leipzig – Poulsen (62 & 73)

Attendance: 2,950