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Ivan Cavaleiro’s 17th-minute opener – which looked suspiciously offside – was all that separated the sides amid the stunning Stadio Ernesto Brunod surroundings as Rangers proved a match for their Ligue 1 opponents on foreign soil.
20 of Chris Ramsey’s 24-man squad enjoyed minutes in the beating Chatillon sun, including 90 for Alex McCarthy and newly-named captain Nedum Onuoha, as the R’s pre-season exertions stepped up another notch.
Ramsey’s side, which lined-up in a 4-3-3 formation, posed the first threat on three minutes.
Jamie Mackie’s burst down the left created a glorious chance for Sebastian Polter, but his shot was tamely hit at goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.
Indeed, it was Rangers who arguably shaded the opening quarter-hour mark but fell behind somewhat against the run of play on 17 minutes. A deft header over the R’s rearguard released Cavaleiro to coolly slot past McCarthy. Despite appeals for offside – and replays supporting the R's cause – the linesman’s flag stayed down.
Chances were generally few and far between, though the hosts did twice go close to doubling their lead before the break. McCarthy was at full stretch to push away Joao Moutinho’s 25-yard effort, before Anthony Martial somehow headed Fares Bahlouli’s cross over from six yards.
An unchanged Rangers re-emerged for the second half, with Cole Kpekawa almost providing a spectacular equaliser four minutes after the re-start. The young left-back sent a trademark long-range thunderbolt dipping just over the crossbar.
At the other end, the upright prevented Guido Carrillo’s mishit volley from sneaking in the far corner on the hour-mark.
While McCarthy was called upon to deny the same player once more, neither goalkeeper was seriously tested with both sides enjoying their fair share of possession.
One of several second-half substitutes for the R’s, trialist Oscar Gobern, did hit the target late on but his low strike was comfortable enough for Subasic.
Defeat for Rangers, but a slender one against last season’s Champions League quarter finalists which will undoubtedly satisfy Ramsey and co. ahead of the R’s final test in Italy against Al Ittihad on Friday.
QPR: McCarthy, Schorch (Furlong 68), Onuoha, Caulker (Diakite 68), Kpekawa (Hill 68), Phillips (Emmanuel-Thomas 62), Luongo (Faurlin 66), Doughty (Gobern 68), Gladwin (Hoilett 68), Polter (Fer 56), Mackie (Austin 68).
Subs (not used): Green, Comley, Grego-Cox.