The match was always going to be a scrap early on, both sides trying to test each-other out without committing too many men forward. Sydney Tigers and Q.P.R both needed maximum points from this match if they were any hope of progressing to the next round, both having suffered first up losses.
There was no real opening till Q.P.R scored the first goal of the match in the 36th minute. A brilliant switch of direction by Italian Matteo Alberti, a QPR first team regular, had Sydney Tigers scrambling to shuffle across. Ramon Rose, who was impressive throughout, cut in from the right hand side of the park. The winger accelerated in the penalty area un-apposed facing goal-keeper Adiano Varnier beating him with a low strike at the near post.
Sydney Tigers didn?t let the goal affect morale and it was only two minutes later when Trent Pagnozzi tried and audacious 30 metre curler that unfortunately hit the frame of the goal and bounced to safety.
The remainder of the first stanza was played out like the earlier part of the half, neither team willing to give too much away, the midfield really working their socks off to keep possession.
English central midfielder, Danny McGuire had the only other chance of the first half, his free-kick from 25 metres sizzled towards goal, Varnier keeping it out with some brilliant footwork, diverting the ball out for a corner.
It wasn?t until the 65th minute that QPR doubled their advantage. Josh Parker, a player that had been quiet up until this point, was released down the left facing Sydney Tigers defenders Sebastien Collard and Daniel Ramirez. With a few deft touches, the winger got into the penalty area and side footed his effort into the far corner.
Sydney Tigers introduced striker Callum McGrouther to try and get things moving again. The busy front-man had claims for a penalty turned down when he beat three English defenders in a tight area before being bought down inside the box, Referee Del Giovane waiving away the protests much to the bewilderment of the travelling Sydney Tigers cast.
Rose put the result beyond doubt when he scored his second of the game. A lack of communication between Varnier and central defender Nejdet Sahin allowed the wide-man the chance to steal the bouncing ball from in between the two Australians and sliding his finish into an empty net.
?It really wasn?t a 3-0 match, commented Sydney Tigers coach Barry Walker.
?A couple of lapses of concentration really killed us. I think we showed them that Australian clubs are starting to become more competitive on the world stage. Their coach Mr Keith actually came up to me at the conclusion of the game to say that we really gave them a good contest, which for me is a brilliant compliment seeing they?re a full-time professional club,? he concluded.
DAY 12 (11th of February): Second Tournament match vs Q.P.R
Sydney Tigers: Varnier; Sahin, Collard, ramirez, maruzza(c); O?rourke, trifiro, oliveira, macura (kose 80), pagnozzi (McGrouther 55); mcconaghy (taylor 70)
Substitutes: baloglow, rutherford, campo, costantini, riggio, andricopoulos
Coach: Barry Walker
Queens Park Rangers: bulmer; waters, oastler (c), harris (davenport 76), brown; mcguire, alberti (wright 79), smith; rose (olley 85), parker, german
Substitutes: putnins, brittain, perring, ehmer, nanetti, vanterpool
Coach: Ryan Keith
Goals: Rose x2, Parker