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PRE-SEASON REPORT: QPR 10, VERONA STARS 0

  • Full match report as QPR kick off pre-season campaign with 10-0 victory over Verona Stars
  • The friendly was played at Stadio Comunale di Dormelletto, Arona, close to where Rangers have been training in Stresa
  • Samba Diakite (2), Sebastian Polter, Clint Hill, Ale Faurlin, Reece Grego-Cox, Ben Gladwin (2), Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Junior Hoilett all on target
  • Two different R's sides fielded for each 45 minutes

QPR eased to a 10-0 victory in their first fixture of the pre-season campaign.


Samba Diakite (twice), Sebastian Polter, Clint Hill, Ale Faurlin, Reece Grego-Cox, Ben Gladwin (also twice), Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Junior Hoilett were on the scoresheet in this hastily-arranged friendly against Italian rookies Verona Stars. Chris Ramsey’s men were due to play Shakhtar Donetsk, but the Ukrainians withdrew at the eleventh hour.


The Hoops are next in action on Tuesday, when they will face slightly-tougher opponents in Champions League quarter-finalists AS Monaco.


Rangers named virtually a different side for each half and in the opening period, Ramsey’s team were two goals up inside eight minutes.


First, a quickly-taken Matt Phillips set-piece found Diakite on the edge of the box, who took one touch before rifling home from 18 yards.


Just a minute later, QPR scored once more – again through the Malian midfielder. A defensive mishap afforded Diakite time and space to finish comfortably past Matteo D’Amario.


In truth, the R’s were in total control all half and perhaps should have added to their tally before new signing Polter registered a third goal in the 44th minute.


Passing play ended with Phillips crossing for the German frontman, who controlled well on his chest before volleying past the goalkeeper.


As expected, changes were aplenty at the break. But QPR were still in control after the half-time interval.


Substitute Darnell Furlong saw an effort cleared off the line before fans’ favourite Hill made it 4-0 in the 54th minute, bundling the ball home following Faurlin’s in-swinging corner.


Much like the first half, Rangers perhaps could have been more clinical. A fifth goal did arrive on 71 minutes, however, with Faurlin sweeping home after good work from Emmanuel-Thomas.


And it was 6-0 three minutes later, with Grego-Cox smashing in from 12 yards.


Goal number seven arrived in the 78th minute. Two more summer signings combined, Emmanuel-Thomas’ low cross from the left being tucked away by Gladwin at close range.


Emmanuel-Thomas turned from provider to scorer in the 80th minute, showing good skill before finishing past D’Amario, before Hoilett rounded the goalkeeper to register a ninth goal only a minute later.


Gladwin made it double figures, 10-0, with a cool finish in the 88th minute.


That completed the scoring.


QPR first half: Green; Schorch, Caulker, Onuoha (C), Kpekawa; Phillips, Luongo, Gobern, Gladwin; Mackie; Polter.


QPR second half: McCarthy; Furlong, Caulker (Onuoha 68), Hill (C), Comley; Hoilett, Doughty, Faurlin, Gladwin; Grego-Cox; Emmanuel-Thomas.


Goals: QPR - Diakite (7 & 8), Polter (44), Hill (54), Faurlin (71), Grego-Cox (74), Gladwin (78 & 88), Emmanuel-Thomas (80), Hoilett (81)