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  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 29 January 2013, 7:45pm
  • Loftus Road Stadium
  • Attendance: 17,894
QPRQPRvMan CityMan City
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90 mins:FULL TIME: QPR 0-0 MAN CITY.

90 mins:Not long left for a winner now. The home crowd are in full voice and will certainly go home the happier set of supporters. City have had over 70 per cent of possession, which shows just how well QPR have defended.

90 mins:Alejandro Faurlin replaces Mbia.

90 mins:Remy comes off for Bobby Zamora.

89 mins:Granero makes way for Ji-Sung Park.

88 mins:Sinclair goes down inside the box under the challenge of Onuoha but the QPR defender gets the ball. No penalty for the visitors!

86 mins:Third and final change from City as Scott Sinclair comes on for Milner.

85 mins:Nelsen blocks Silva's shot and City appeal for handball and a penalty, but the referee isn't interested.

83 mins:City chance! Dzeko pulls a low cross into the box and Silva's gets a first time shot away from close range but Cesar makes a world class reflex save to deny him!

81 mins:This would be a huge point for QPR in their battle against the drop. City meanwhile are looking increasingly frustrated - they know they are expected to pick up three points at places like this.

79 mins:After a brief pause it is Granero who takes the free-kick but he curls it into the fans behind the goal.

77 mins:Real chance for QPR now as Barry concedes a free-kick in a dangerous position.

75 mins:It is end-to-end stuff at the moment as Milner's low drive is saved by Cesar at his near post.

74 mins:Lescott hangs a leg on the edge of the box and Remy goes to ground. QPR want a penalty but the referee awards play on.

73 mins:Jack Rodwell comes on for Tevez.

73 mins:Zabaleta gets behind the defence and cushions down Milner's through ball for Aguero, but he blazes over. You would expect him to do better in that position.

71 mins:Silva's in-swinging corner is met by Dzeko at the near post but his glancing header flies straight over the bar.

69 mins:Silva gets a snap shot away inside the QPR box and Cesar makes a good save down to his left.

67 mins:Milner runs at the QPR defence and decides to pass instead of shoot, but Dzeko lets the ball run out for a goal-kick.

65 mins:Nelsen has been formidable in the QPR defence. This is his last game for the club and he will be sorely missed.

63 mins:Barry is booked for dissent.

63 mins:Taarabt releases Remy down the left and he cuts onto his right foot before his shot deflects over the bar.

61 mins:Aguero shoots out of frustration and the effort drifts harmlessly wide of Cesar's post.

60 mins:The home crowd are making plenty of noise. Their side have held Tottenham and West Ham in recent weeks - can they do the same against the champions?

58 mins:Dzeko comes on for Nasri.

58 mins:Granero picks up a booking from Phil Dowd.

57 mins:Edin Dzeko, who has been dangerous off the bench for City this season, is stripped and ready to come on for the visitors.

55 mins:Nasri curls a free-kick into the box in search of Garcia but Derry is first to the cross.

53 mins:City knock the ball around in the final third but they can't quite find an opening as Zabaleta's cross is cleared by Hill.

50 mins:Harry Redknapp seems to have fired up his side at the break and they have made the better start to this second half.

48 mins:It's absolutely pouring down in West London. The rain might be affecting the run of play with city misplacing one or two passes in midfield.

46 mins:We're underway in the second half at Loftus Road.

45 mins:HALF TIME: QPR 0-0 MAN CITY.

44 mins:City are piling on the pressure at the end of this first half. Tevez tees up Nasri on the edge of the box now and he drags a shot just wide of the near post.

42 mins:Gareth Barry sprays the ball out wide to Tevez and then receives a return pass on the edge of the box. He curls a shot towards the top corner and Cesar is at full stretch to turn it around the post.

40 mins:Stephane Mbia picks up the first booking of the game for a foul on Gael Clichy.

38 mins:QPR break from a City corner and Taarabt bears down on goal but his shot is well saved by Joe Hart. The home side could - and maybe should - be ahead!

36 mins:Aguero cuts in from the left and looks to shoot on the edge of the box but is crowded out by a sea of blue and white shirts.

34 mins:Zabaleta bursts down the right and his cross is cleared only as far as Silva whose shot deflects kindly into the hands of Cesar.

32 mins:Zabaleta picks out Aguero inside the box and he takes a couple of neat touches before putting the ball in the back of the net, but the linesman's flag is raised for offside.

29 mins:The game has dried up recently in terms of chances, with most of the game being played in the midfield area.

27 mins:This is better from QPR. They are starting to see more of the ball but City also look good on the break.

24 mins:First real goal threat from QPR as Esteban Granero plays Remy through with a quick free-kick and his shot deflects dangerously wide of the far post.

22 mins:What a shot! Garcia lets fly from way out and has Cesar scrambling across his line as his shot whistles past his right hand post.

20 mins:Silva reaches the byline before picking out Zabaleta with a chip and his header comes back off the crossbar. QPR are hanging on here.

19 mins:More problems from a City corner. This time Cesar just gets a first to Silva's hanging cross and his punched clearance loops onto the roof of his own net.

17 mins:Aguero spins away from Ryan Nelsen and reaches the byline. He searches out Pablo Zabaleta at the far post but Clint Hill puts his cross behind for a corner.

15 mins:Wasteful from Milner as City throw men forward for a free-kick but his cross is cleared on the edge of the QPR box.

13 mins:City step up the pressure but again QPR relieve pressure with some last ditch defending on Carlos Tevez inside the box.

10 mins:David Silva's in-swinging corner is palmed away by Julio Cesar underneath his bar and falls kindly for Joleon Lescott who blazes over from six-yards. Real chance for the City defender!

9 mins:Sergio Aguero drifts inside the box and looks to pull the trigger but QPR get back in numbers and Shaun Derry deflects his shot out for a corner.

7 mins:Samir Nasri takes on Adel Taarabt and whips a cross to the far post but it is just too high for James Milner.

5 mins:Loic Remy, who scored with his first touch in English football at West Ham last weekend, shows his pace but Javier Garcia is on hand to clear the danger.

3 mins:The visitors enjoy all the early possession. Will this set the tone for the rest of the game?

1 mins:City get the game underway at Loftus Road.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 29 January 2013, 7:45pm
  • Loftus Road Stadium
  • Attendance: 17,894
QPRQPRvMan CityMan City
00

match report

Goalkeeper Julio Cesar was the hero as QPR held Manchester City to a goalless draw at Loftus Road to boost their hopes of avoiding relegation and put a dent in City's title chances.

The summer signing from Inter Milan made a series of fine saves to deny Roberto Mancini's men, who missed the chance to close the gap on leaders Manchester United to two points.

Rangers boss Harry Redknapp wasn't kidding when he promised "a different team" from the one that lost to MK Dons in the FA Cup on Saturday, making eight changes to his starting XI, including recalls for Loic Remy, Clint Hill and Ryan Nelsen.

Much of the talk surrounding City pre-match was about who wasn't at Loftus Road rather than who was, with enigmatic striker Mario Balotelli absent as he put the final touches on a move to AC Milan.

On a wet and windy night in west London, City's first opening came after 20 minutes when Pablo Zabaleta, who grabbed the winner in the FA Cup against Stoke on Saturday, thumped a header off the crossbar from eight yards following great play by David Silva down the left.

Just after the half hour mark Esteban Granero's block tackle span off James Milner and fell for Sergio Aguero, who calmly slotted home, but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside.

Mancini had goalkeeper Joe Hart to thank for keeping his side level after 39 minutes. The England international spreading himself to block Adel Taarabt's shot following a surging run into the box by the Moroccan.

Whatever Hart could do, Cesar could do better, the Brazilian diving full stretch to his right to superbly palm away Gareth Barry's goalbound effort three minutes later.

Silva continued to cause problems down the QPR left after the break, his neat one-two with Aguero on 68 minutes affording him space to have a low shot from the left hand side of the penalty area that was well held by Cesar.

QPR were screaming for a penalty seconds later when Remy went down in the area as he skipped past Joleon Lescott, but referee Phil Dowd turned down their appeals.

With the clock ticking down towards full time Cesar came to QPR's rescue yet again, superbly denying Silva from point blank range after the Spaniard latched onto Dzeko's low cross.

Referee Dowd was the centre of attention once more in the closing stages, correctly adjudging that Nedum Onuoha got the ball when tackling Scott Sinclair in the box and waving away City's appeals for a spot kick.

team line-up

33Julio César
6Clint Hill
3Armand Traore
17Ryan Nelsen
15Nedum Onuoha
4Shaun Derry
14Esteban Granero89
10Adel Taarabt
40Stéphane Mbia92
20Fabio
18Loďc Remy92

substitutes

37Jay Bothroyd
7Park Ji-Sung89
25Bobby Zamora92
1Robert Green
26Brian Murphy
21Tal Ben Haim
32Alejandro Faurlin92

referee

Phil Dowd

team line-up

1Joe Hart
14Javi García
22Gaël Clichy
5Pablo Zabaleta
6Joleon Lescott
18Gareth Barry
8Samir Nasri59
21David Silva
7James Milner86
16Sergio Agüero
32Carlos Tévez74

substitutes

11Scott Sinclair86
33Matija Nastasic
30Costel Pantilimon
17Jack Rodwell74
13Aleksandar Kolarov
10Edin Dzeko59
44Karim Rekik

referee

Phil Dowd

match stats

possession %3168
shots on target14
shots off target29
corners210
tackles won1614
offsides11