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Dec 7, 2019 at 3pm UK at Loftus Road
Attendance: 12,179
QPRQueens Park Rangers
PrestonPreston North End
Eze (17', 67' pen.)
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Ebere Eze fires QPR to victory over poor Preston

Rangers kept their first clean sheet of the season.

Ebere Eze scored both goals in a 2-0 victory for QPR over Preston, who dropped out of the Sky Bet Championship play-off places after a fourth straight defeat.

The win was Rangers' first in eight matches – and the clean sheet their first of the season.

Eze put them ahead after 17 minutes and doubled their lead with a penalty midway through the second half.

The opener came when Geoff Cameron opened up the Preston defence with a superb ball forward and Eze netted at the second attempt after his first effort was saved by keeper Declan Rudd.

Eze had plenty left to do after Rudd's stop but the England Under-21 international showed great composure to steer the ball past Preston's Ben Pearson.

Rangers continued to have the upper hand and could have extended their lead before the interval.

Marc Pugh's shot was saved by Rudd before Jordan Hugill, playing against his former club, fired over after being set up by Nahki Wells' knockdown.

Rudd was called into action again soon after the break, this time to save another shot from Eze.

With his team struggling to create chances, Preston boss Alex Neil sent on three attacking players – Billy Bodin, David Nugent and Josh Harrop – early in the second half.

However, his team fell further behind after 67 minutes when Eze tucked away the resulting spot-kick after Pugh had been tripped by Rudd.

The goals took Eze's tally for the season to nine and further enhanced the young forward's growing reputation. He was given a standing ovation by the home crowd when substituted with a couple of minutes remaining.

Preston, meanwhile, are struggling badly and have failed to score in all four of their consecutive losses.

They had been something of a bogey side for QPR, having won the previous six meetings between the two clubs.

But it was a different story this time and North End, who have scored just six away goals this season, rarely looked like mounting a comeback once Rangers had gone ahead.

They would have pulled a goal back late on but for a fine save from keeper Joe Lumley, who dived to push away Bodin's powerful strike and ensure his team's long wait for a shutout finally ended.

Rangers threatened late in the game as well, with Hugill shooting over and Grant Hall's cross just evading Cameron.

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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