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PRE-SEASON REPORT: AS MONACO 1, QPR 0

  • QPR lose 1-0 to AS Monaco in pre-season friendly at Stadio Ernesto Brunod
  • Ivan Cavaleiro scores only goal of an evenly-contested game
  • Chris Ramsey's side fared well in second of three fixtures in Italy
ONLY a contentious goal prevented QPR from holding AS Monaco to what would have been a deserved draw in Italy on Monday.

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.