For this fourth friendly in the space of eleven days, Leonardo Jardim went with a new-look starting line-up: Subasic - Fabinho, Carvalho, Raggi, Elderson - Toulalan, Moutinho, Bahlouli - Lemar, Cavaleiro, Martial. Despite Queens Park Rangers creating an opening inside three minutes with an effort from Polter that was well held by Subasic, it was the Red & Whites who started the brighter. Taking up good positions and linking up intelligently, all that was lacking was the chances in the early stages of this game.
The first chance duly arrived in the 15th minute, when Elderson popped up on the left to head a good ball towards Cavaleiro in the penalty area, and the new boy slotted past McCarthy. Making his first appearance in a Red & White shirt, the Portuguese forward was having a perfect debut!
Having opened the scoring, AS Monaco continued to press forward. In the 25th minute, Moutinho struck a long-ranger that was turned behind for a corner by the QPR ‘keeper. On 27 minutes, Bahlouli sped down the right and served up an ideal ball for Martial in the box, but the striker’s headed effort flew just over the crossbar. The Monegasques were so close to making it two, and could go in at the break well satisfied with their first-half display.
Queens Park Rangers looked to get back into the game at the start of the second half, but it was Guido Carrillo – who had come on in place of Cavaleiro – who sparked his side into life in the 59th minute. From a Lemar corner, the Argentine forward seized on a loose ball to thump a volley against the bar. In the 78th minute, Kurzawa got on the end of a good left-wing Pasalic cross with a superb header, but unfortunately the ball whistled narrowly over the top. Against rugged opposition, the Red & Whites continued to follow Leonardo Jardim’s instructions, successfully protecting their advantage and securing a well-deserved first win full of promise. Their next game is on Friday, against PSV Eindhoven.