Premier League

September 1, 2012


Man City

3 - 1


Premier League

16:30 +00:00, September 1, 2012

Etihad Stadium


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    City move up to third with seven points from their opening three games, whilst QPR still have a lone point from their exertions.


    QPR set their own downfall by dropping off in the first half, and inviting the Blues on. The R's goal came out of nothing, but City's defence was poor once more.

  • 90'

    Full time, as City get the points. They scored three, but it could have been a lot more.

  • 90'

    City are looking for another, but QPR clear a poor cross from Kolarov as the game draws to a close.

  • 90'

    Tevez didn't know much about it, as the Argentine nets his 50th goal for the club.

  • 90'

    GOAL Tevez flicks home a scuffed shot from Dzeko to finish the game.

  • 90'

    Lescott and Hart seem unwilling to clear the ball, putting themselves under needless pressure before the keeper smacks it up the pitch.

  • 90'

    QPR break from a failed City free-kick, but the home side quickly regain the ball.

  • 90'

    Five added minutes for QPR to get an equaliser.

  • 90'

    The Ivorian is highly regarded at City, and has enjoyed loan spells at Portsmouth and Brighton.

  • 89'

    Abdul Razak comes on for Nasri as Mancini looks to shut up shop.

  • 89'

    Milner gets in a good position on the right wing, but fails to deliver a cross as Fabio tackles him.

  • 88'

    Johnson crosses for QPR, but Lescott rises to head clear.

  • 88'

    Only three minutes to go, and QPR are pushing forward.

  • 86'

    Milner pulls the ball back to Tevez who is 15 yards out, but the Argentine fails to control it, and it leaves the area.

  • 85'

    Granero's promising debut comes to and end, as Cisse takes his place.

  • 85'

    Another booking, and the first for QPR as the referee takes Zamora's name for his foul on Tevez.

  • 84'

    QPR are applying the pressure, but City manage to clear towards the halfway line, but the ball is retrieved by QPR.

  • 83'

    Milner first contribution is to chip the ball straight to Green when men were available in the box.

  • 81'

    Milner comes on to add a more physical presence, as he replaces Silva, who has looked far better today than in previous weeks.

  • 81'

    City have calmed down considerably compared to their free-flowing best at the start of the half.

  • 80'

    QPR are having a spell of pressure, but then Fabio gives the ball away by sending a pass out of play.

  • 78'

    Granero swings the free-kick in from the left touchline, and it misses everyone and goes wide. Could have been a lot worse for City.

  • 77'

    Kompany brings down Park to stop the former United man from getting beyond him. Cynical.

  • 76'

    Nelsen gets a chance from the corner, as Onouha heads the ball into his path, but the New Zealander volleys wide from six yards.

  • 75'

    Park plays a delightful ball into Johnson who gets away from Kompany before hitting the ball off the Belgian for a corner.

  • 75'

    Kolo joins brother Yaya on the pitch by replacing Zabaleta.

  • 73'

    Rodwell joins Kolarov in the book after taking Granero down, but he seemed to get the ball.

  • 73'

    City almost get a third, but Tevez's cross into the box misses all the players in blue and is quickly pumped forward.

  • 72'

    Faurlin is just returning from injury himself, hence why he hasn't last the 90.

  • 72'

    Dyer replaces Faurlin as the former England international makes another comeback.

  • 71'

    Kolarov takes Onouha out with another rash jump by the Serbian.

  • 70'

    Kieron Dyer is about to come on. Nice to see him back after injuries.

  • 69'

    Silva puts Dzeko through, but the striker goes too early and is penalised for being offside, but strokes the ball wide to make it irrelevant.

  • 68'

    Another former Blue almost makes City pay for some poor defending, but Wright-Phillips has his shot blocked on the edge of the area.

  • 68'

    And the former City man gets a polite round of applause.

  • 67'

    Nedum Onouha is coming on to replace the injured Ferdinand. The Mancunian defender is returning to his former club.

  • 66'

    Tevez unselfishlessly plays the ball to Dzeko, when he could have shot from 18 yards, but the defender reads it and clears before the Bosnian can reach it.

  • 66'

    City look the more likely to score still, but QPR are having more of the ball than they did in the first half.

  • 64'

    Silva plays the ball over the top for Toure, but Green once more reacts well and collects on the edge of the area.

  • 64'

    Toure almost finds Tevez with a through ball, but Green is quickly off his line and gathers it.

  • 61'

    Atrocious defending from QPR allows Dzeko to head home unmarked. Hughes won't be happy.

  • 61'

    GOAL City regain the lead as Dzeko heads a Tevez cross past Green from five yards.

  • 60'

    City try to respond straight away, but Tevez can only cross into Green's hands.

  • 59'

    GOAL Zamora heads home from two yards after Johnson's deflected shot is palmed straight into his path by Hart.

  • 57'

    QPR get a shot away at the end of a nice move, as Fabio puts a looped cross into the box, but Zamora heads over.

  • 56'

    Ferdinand doesn't look too happy still, and could be replaced following the blow on his head.

  • 56'

    Yaya Toure plays Dzeko through, but the striker is caught offside.

  • 54'

    City look sharper in this half, with their passing and movement superb. It looks like they'll get another one soon.

  • 53'

    Silva finds Dzeko in space on the edge of the area, but the Bosnian fails to control the ball properly and QPR clear.

  • 52'

    Zabaleta hits the bar after great work from Silva gets him through on goal, but the defender's curled shot bounced back off the upright.

  • 51'

    After a delay we're off again.

  • 50'

  • 50'

    The former West Ham man looks a touch groggy as he is slowly lifted to his feet.

  • 49'

    Ferdinand is receiving treatment from a collection of medical staff, and the stretcher is out on the pitch.

  • 48'

    Kolarov slams into Ferdinand with the QPR man still lying on the ground.

  • 48'

    Faurlin needs to get on the ball more to get QPR ticking, and he has started the second half looking intent on doing that.

  • 47'

    Dzeko receives a loose pass, and plays it through to Tevez who slams a shot at goal but Green stops it at his near post.

  • 46'

    QPR start the second half.


    Mourinho won't have learnt much about City, apart from sitting off them doesn't work.


    Jack Rodwell looks to have grown into his role at City. Looks free from worry after two average performances for the club.


    QPR haven't got into the game, and by the look of it have no interesting in getting involved. They've sat back all game, and rarely attacked, but they'll need to do something to get back into it.


    Javi Garcia must be thinking this Premier League lark is easy watching this game. Rodwell and Toure in the centre of the park have had little pressure put on them by their QPR counterparts.


    Hughes might look to bring Djibril Cisse on to give his side more of an outlet on the break, as Andrew Johnson and Zamora have provided very little.

  • 45'

    And that's half-time. It could hardly be described as a contest. City have dominated from start to finish, with Yaya Toure's goal richly deserved.

  • 45'

    The Blues were on the break, but Dzeko gave the ball away on the halfway line with men bombing forward.

  • 45'

    Kolarov is booked for his second cynical foul of the day on Wright-Phillips.

  • 44'

    City look happy to play the ball around for the few remaining moments of the half.

  • 43'

    Dangerous set-piece from Granero is punched out by Hart from under his own bar.

  • 42'

    Corner to QPR, as Fabio is blocked out by Zabaleta.

  • 42'

    It should really have been more for City, but they're stroling to half-time in the lead.

  • 40'

    Now it's handball against the Argentine, but it couldn't be described as deliberate.

  • 40'

    Tevez smacks one wildly over the bar from 35 yards. Not the best decision Carlos.

  • 39'

    City break with Silva and Nasri, but the Spaniard's cross is blocked by the shoulder of Nelsen.

  • 38'

    Balotelli sent for a more rigorous warm-up.

  • 37'

    Fabio gets a cross into the box, but Lescott gets in the way before Silva clears upfield.

  • 36'

    Rodwell gets space, drives through the defence, but is eventually held up. If he was more decisive he could have got a shot away.

  • 34'

    The majestic Silva gets space on the edge of the area, after claiming Kolarov's pass, but the Spaniard proves he has no right foot as his shot is blocked.

  • 34'

    Hart comes and punches the crossed free-kick away from the box.

  • 33'

    QPR get a free-kick in a dangerous area, with Granero standing over it.

  • 33'

    Rodwell is having is best game for the club thus far. He's holding the centre of the park together and looking strong in there.

  • 32'

    City force QPR all the way back to Green as they prove their dominance once more.

  • 30'

    City front four are looking impressive at the moment, even Dzeko is showing his quality.

  • 29'

    Low on confidence is one way of describing Green, as he comes 25 yards out of his goal, panics and kicks the ball into the stands.

  • 27'

    Green pulls off a stunning save by reacting well to Silva's jab from six yards, and Nasri's follow-up is blocked.

  • 26'

    City almost break through the QPR backline as Nasri, Toure and Tevez combine, but the ball is eventually cleared.

  • 24'

    Granero has looked quite neat so far, and gets his first shot in, but Hart gets down well to his left to stop it.

  • 24'

    Silva concedes a foul, despite getting the ball from Granero.

  • 23'

    Zabaleta takes down former United player Park on the left flank.

  • 22'

    Kolarov gets beyond the defence, but pulls it back, instead of passing to Dzeko who could score from two yards, allowing QPR to clear.

  • 20'

    Granero plays the ball out to Fabio but his cross is blocked by Zabaleta as QPR struggle to get into the game.

  • 19'

    QPR are having a few decisions go against them, which won't please Hughes, but they need to get on with it.

  • 17'

    It had been coming for a long time. QPR are only interested in defending and have invited City on. City could walk this game.

  • 16'

    GOAL Yaya Toure finally gets one for City. Tevez fails to connect properly with a volley and the Ivorian fires home from ten yards.

  • 15'

    Yet another corner for City. But this one fails to beat the first man.

  • 14'

    QPR get a touch of the ball, but only succeed in quickly giving it away twice. They might be running around a lot at this rate.

  • 13'

    Rodwell smashes the ball 50 yards back towards his own goal and it goes just over the bar.

  • 12'

    Dzeko has his header cleared off the line from the corner.

  • 11'

    Nasri fires a cross into the six-yard box, but QPR manage to clear for a corner.

  • 10'

    Kolarov almost gets the chance to hit one from 18 yards, but Wright-Phillips gets to him just in time to stop the shot.

  • 8'

    City get their third corner of the game, as Tevez plays the ball off his good friend Park Ji Sung. Yaya Toure's header from the set-piece ends up in Green's hands.

  • 7'

    Appeals for handball as Zabaleta's cross hits Faurlin on the edge of the area, but the referee waves play on.

  • 6'

    QPR have barely had a kick yet. Hughes showing the kind of football which frustrated Man City fans whilst he was the club's manager.

  • 5'

    Nasri whips the corner in, but Dzeko's flicked header goes just wide.

  • 4'

    Carlos Tevez gets the wrong side of Anton Ferdinand, but the defender gets back and clears it for a corner.

  • 3'

    City dominating possession, as QPR look happy to take a draw already.

  • 2'

    Edin Dzeko crosses into the box, but it's deflected for a corner.

  • 1'

    Samir Nasri tries to get the ball over the top, but only succeeds in finding Rob Green.

  • 1'

    And we're off!


    Bobby Zamora going for the Terry Butcher look with a bandaged head.


    The players are about to emerge from the tunnel as the post-Stefan Savic era begins at City.


    QPR's back four of Bosingwa, Nelsen, Ferdinand and Fabio doesn't look the strongest. No wonder Hughes was desperate to sign a centre-back.


    It's Roberto Mancini's 100th league game in charge at City, and ESPN have knidly given him a scarf to commemorate the occasion.


    Jose Mourinho arrives at Eastlands to watch Champions League opponents Man City.


    There's no way we can watch this game without mentioning the events of 13th May, when City beat QPR 3-2 to ensure they won the league. If this game is half as dramatic, I'm sure we'll be fine.


    City revert to 4-4-2 today following a disappointing performance against Liverpool last week using 3-5-2.


    Javi Garcia is in the stands at Eastlands today to watch his new team-mates.


    City have Scott Sinclair on the bench, a position he might have to get used to, but he'll be hoping to get on and give Roberto Mancini something to think about.


    Esteban Granero will be looking to impress today for QPR, having just left the La Liga winners, he'll be looking to show what he can do against the Premier League champions.


    QPR team: Green; Bosingwa, Nelsen, Ferdinand, Fabio; SWP, Granero, Faurlin, Park; Zamora, Johnson. Subs: Murphy, Onuoha, Dyer, Cisse, Hoilett, Derry, Mackie.


    Manchester City team: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Lescott, Kolarov, Yaya, Rodwell, Silva, Nasri, Tevez, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Clichy, Kolo, Milner, Sinclair, Razak, Balotelli.


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