Manchester City 3-1 QPR: Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez on Target in Dominant City Win
Manchester City 3 QPR 1 (full time)
Yaya Toure (MNC) 15', Bobby Zamora (QPR) 58', Edin Dzeko (MNC) 61', Carlos Tevez (MNC) 90+2'.
Manchester City: Hart; Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Zabaleta (Kolo Toure); Nasri (Razak), Rodwell, Yaya Toure, Silva (Milner); Dzeko, Tevez.
QPR: Green; Bosingwa, Nelson, Ferdinand (Onuoha), Fabio; Wright-Phillips, Park, Granero (Cisse), Faurlin (Dyer); Johnson, Zamora.
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So a straight-forward win for City really, though they certainly made it far harder for themselves than they really needed to today. An early goal from Yaya Toure should have set the tone for a goal slide, based on City's dominance of the ball, but QPR shocked the home team with the second half equaliser from Bobby Zamora.
City quickly restored their lead through Edin Dzeko, but it was a nervy last 15 minutes at times until Carlos Tevez wrapped things up in injury time.
Full time at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 3 QPR 1
Game over now, as Carlos Tevez wraps up the win with a poke home from six yards. With QPR looking ragged at the back, Yaya finds Dzeko on the right of the area and he shoots, woefully it must be said, leaving Tevez to simply divert the ball inside Rob Green's far post. Three points for City and 3-1.
Manchester City 3 QPR 1
Carlos Tevez, 90+2 mins
90+1'—Still some time then for QPR to find an equaliser, or for City to close out the game with a third, after those five minutes were shown. The home team are doing a good job of keeping the ball away from City's danger men though.
FIVE minutes of added time to be played.
89'—Abdul Razak comes on for the final minutes, in place of Samir Nasri. City looking like they will see out the remainder of the game without too many problems at the moment.
87'—Final couple of minutes now. City have seemingly given up on putting the game to rest and QPR are doing all the attacking now. Can they create something worthwhile though in the final moments?
85'—QPR sub: Djibril Cisse comes on for Granero. Zamora has also been booked for pulling back Tevez as he tried to escape. Time running out for the away team now and City are back in control of the ball, trying to wind down the clock with possession in midfield.
82'—Poor touch from Milner, just on the pitch, who has two players waiting free at the back post, but his cross only reaches Green on his near post. Back come QPR and they are all hands to the pump now looking for that second equaliser. Will they do to City what City did last week to Liverpool?
81'—City sub: David Silva is replaced by James Milner.
80'—QPR are building all the pressure now as they look to salvage an unlikely point from this game. City have everybody behind the ball as they look to hold onto their lead.
77'—ANOTHER NELSON CHANCE! What on earth is Joleon Lescott thinking? A Granero free kick flies over and the defender suddenly pulls out of the clearance, letting the ball run behind him, but Nelson can't quite reach the ball on the stretch and it runs out of play behind him. City looking very edgy at the back, despite their excellence up the other end of the pitch.
77'—Well there is less than a quarter of an hour to play here at the Etihad and somehow QPR are still in this. They can certainly rattle City at the back, and it will only take a set piece to trouble them from the looks of things.
75'—QPR SHOULD BE LEVEL. Dreadful marking and defending from City, but equally awful attacking from QPR. A Granero corner finds Onuoha on the far post and his header back across goal finds Nelson unmarked near the penalty spot—but the New Zealand centre back takes it upon himself to try a spectacular sideways volley which, predictably, bobbles some distance wide. Wasted.
74'—City sub: Kolo Toure on for Pablo Zabaleta, who has apparently suffered a hamstring strain.
72'—Silva, Nasri, Dzeko, Tevez... the passes and the spaces keep coming for City but they just can't find the pass at the right time when inside the area. Surely it's only a matter of time though until the killer third goal comes.
Jack Rodwell is booked for challenging Granero in the centre circle and to be honest it was a perfectly good tackle. Not even a foul, poor decision.
72'—QPR sub: Keiron Dyer is on for Alejandro Faurlin. Dyer is making just his second league appearance for QPR in over a year with the club, having been injured on the opening day last season.
70'—Samir Nasri it is this time who has City's next chance, striking from distance and seeing his shot blocked after Dzeko played him the ball.
Kolarov and Onuoha then collide in about the same position of the field that Ferdinand took his knock, and Mark Hughes is not happy with the left-back, who jumped into the substitute rather unnecessarily.
68'—City should be wrapping this game up. David Silva has taken control in the final third and is making things happen for them. This time he slides into the centre of the pitch and passes through to Dzeko, one on one with Green, but he shoots wide. He was also offside.
66'—QPR sub: Nedum Onuoha for Anton Ferdinand, who failed to recover properly from that head knock earlier.
65'—Here come City again with Tevez buzzing about dangerously as ever. The game is being played at a better tempo now, with QPR obviously buoyed by the fact that they can score against City, and the home side themselves no doubt pleased as punch that they reacted in such a timely fashion.
Aaaaand City are back in front, after less than three minutes of being on level terms. Nobody runs with Carlos Tevez as he sprints onto Kolarov's pass and it's a simple lob back across goal from the forward, with the onrushing Edin Dzeko having the simple task of heading past Rob Green from three yards. City back in front.
Manchester City 2 QPR 1
Edin Dzeko, 61 mins
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