Manchester City 3-1 QPR
Manchester City maintained their unbeaten start to the season with victory against Queen's Park Rangers at The Etihad.
The Premier League champions were watched by Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho ahead of their Champions League meetings - and he saw City win despite a performance that was not entirely convincing.
Yaya Toure gave City the lead in a first half they dominated completely but QPR shocked Roberto Mancini's side when Bobby Zamora levelled entirely against the run of play on the hour.
City were back in front through Edin Dzeko inside two minutes before Carlos Tevez added a third in stoppage time to end any lingering anxiety from the home supporters.
This was a repeat of the momentous fixture on 13 May when Sergio Aguero's injury time goal gave City their first title in 44 years, but there was little of that sparkle surrounding this day and for Mancini this was ultimately about getting the job done.
QPR boss Mark Hughes harboured hopes of an unlikely point for periods in the second half but much of his body language spoke of frustration at his side's failings and there is little doubt he will be eager to use many of the new players who have fleshed out his squad in recent weeks.
City spent £38m on the final day of the transfer window - but £6.2m Scott Sinclair was the only new face on show on the bench.
QPR have embarked on a wholesale reconstruction of their squad since avoiding relegation despite losing at City on the final day of last season and boss Hughes gave an immediate debut to £8m purchase from Real Madrid Esteban Granero.
Apart from one shot at goal, Granero had little more than a watching - or more precisely running - brief as City dominated possession to an almost embarrassing degree in the first half.
City, perhaps to their frustration, had only one goal to show for their superiority at the interval after Toure scored through a crowd after QPR failed to clear a corner they had contested.
Fabio da Silva, on loan from Manchester United, had already cleared Dzeko's header off the line as QPR were penned in their own half for almost the entire period.
The pattern continued after the break as QPR keeper Robert Green blocked Dzeko's shot and Pablo Zabaleta's curling effort hit the bar after he was played in by David Silva.
City's failure to make QPR pay resulted in punishment just on the hour when the bandaged Zamora headed in a simple chance after keeper Joe Hart saved Andrew Johnson's powerful shot.
The shock stung City into action and they were back in front inside two minutes when the tireless Tevez pulled back for Dzeko to head in at the near post.
Despite controlling so much of the game, the champions had not wrapped up the points and they had a moment of concern with 12 minutes remaining as Ryan Nelsen just failed to meet Granero's cross at the far post.
It was the last serious threat and the excellent Tevez completed the formalities in the closing moments when he touched Dzeko's shot past Green.
- 01 Hart
- 04 Kompany
- 05 Zabaleta (K Toure - 74' )
- 06 Lescott
- 13 Kolarov Booked
- 08 Nasri (Razak - 89' )
- 17 Rodwell Booked
- 21 Silva (Milner - 81' )
- 42 Y Toure
- 10 Dzeko
- 32 Tevez
- 30 Pantilimon
- 22 Clichy
- 28 K Toure
- 07 Milner
- 11 Sinclair
- 62 Razak
- 45 Balotelli
- 01 Green
- 05 Ferdinand (Onuoha - 67' )
- 17 Nelsen
- 19 Bosingwa
- 20 Fabio
- 07 Park Ji-sung
- 11 Wright-Phillips
- 14 Granero (Cisse - 85' )
- 32 Faurlin (Dyer - 72' )
- 08 Johnson
- 25 Zamora Booked
- 26 Murphy
- 15 Onuoha
- 04 Derry
- 18 Dyer
- 09 Cisse
- 12 Mackie
- 23 Hoilett
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The match has reached full-time.90:00 +5:33
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson by Abdul Razak. Ji-Sung Park takes the free kick.90:00 +2:02
Assist by Edin Dzeko.90:00 +2:02 Goal scored
Goal! - Carlos Tevez - Man City 3 - 1 QPR Carlos Tevez finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 3-1 QPR.90:00 +1:45
Edin Dzeko takes a shot.89:55
Shaun Wright-Phillips concedes a free kick for a foul on Edin Dzeko. Free kick taken by Yaya Toure.88:45 Substitution
Substitution Samir Nasri goes off and Abdul Razak comes on.84:29 Substitution
Substitution Djibril Cisse replaces Esteban Granero.84:29 Booking
Booking Bobby Zamora is shown a yellow card.83:39
Carlos Tevez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Nelsen. Ryan Nelsen takes the free kick.83:15
Kieron Dyer takes a shot. Blocked by Joleon Lescott.80:40 Substitution
Substitution James Milner comes on in place of David Silva.76:38
Ji-Sung Park fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Esteban Granero.74:57
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Esteban Granero from the left by-line, Effort on goal by Ryan Nelsen from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.73:34
Nedum Onuoha takes the direct free kick.73:34 Substitution
Substitution Kolo Toure joins the action as a substitute, replacing Pablo Zabaleta.73:34 Booking
Booking Jack Rodwell is cautioned.73:30
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Rodwell on Esteban Granero.71:45 Substitution
Substitution Kieron Dyer replaces Alejandro Faurlin.70:29
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Nelsen.
The referee blows for offside. Rob Green restarts play with the free kick.68:35
Edin Dzeko produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.66:30 Substitution
Substitution (QPR) makes a substitution, with Nedum Onuoha coming on for Anton Ferdinand.65:19
Jose Bosingwa takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.60:44
Assist by Carlos Tevez.60:44 Goal scored
Goal! - Edin Dzeko - Man City 2 - 1 QPR Edin Dzeko grabs a headed goal from close range. Man City 2-1 QPR.58:29
Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.58:18
The assist for the goal came from Andrew Johnson.58:18 Goal scored
Goal! - Bobby Zamora - Man City 1 - 1 QPR Bobby Zamora scores a headed goal from close in. Man City 1-1 QPR.56:50
Bobby Zamora has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.55:32
The assistant referee flags for offside against Edin Dzeko. Rob Green takes the indirect free kick.55:02
Edin Dzeko produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.51:36
Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot.46:11
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Rob Green.45:33
Unfair challenge on Alejandro Faurlin by Yaya Toure results in a free kick. Esteban Granero takes the direct free kick.45:01
The second half kicks off.45:00 +1:03 Half time
Half Time The half-time whistle blows.45:00 +0:40
Effort on goal by Esteban Granero from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.44:47
Jose Bosingwa restarts play with the free kick.44:47 Booking
Booking Booking for Aleksandar Kolarov for unsporting behaviour.44:39
Free kick awarded for a foul by Aleksandar Kolarov on Shaun Wright-Phillips.42:34
Effort from outside the penalty box by Shaun Wright-Phillips goes wide right of the target.41:56
Corner taken by Esteban Granero from the left by-line, save by Joe Hart.39:49
Carlos Tevez is adjudged to have handled the ball. Rob Green takes the indirect free kick.38:41
Carlos Tevez produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.36:45
Aleksandar Kolarov fouled by Bobby Zamora, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.35:47
Aleksandar Kolarov concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Esteban Granero restarts play with the free kick.33:36
Yaya Toure takes a shot. Blocked by Anton Ferdinand.32:31
David Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Ji-Sung Park. Esteban Granero crosses the ball in from the free kick, Joe Hart makes a save.31:46
Aleksandar Kolarov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anton Ferdinand. Jose Bosingwa takes the free kick.27:05
The official flags Edin Dzeko offside. Rob Green restarts play with the free kick.26:15
David Silva takes a shot. Rob Green makes a save. Samir Nasri takes a shot. Blocked by Jose Bosingwa. Corner taken right-footed by David Silva from the right by-line, save by Rob Green.23:53
Esteban Granero takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.22:56
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Silva on Esteban Granero. Esteban Granero restarts play with the free kick.22:04
Foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Ji-Sung Park, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ji-Sung Park.18:56
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson by Aleksandar Kolarov. Anton Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.16:50
Fabio Da Silva challenges David Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by David Silva.15:17
Assist on the goal came from Carlos Tevez.15:17 Goal scored
Goal! - Yaya Toure - Man City 1 - 0 QPR Yaya Toure fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 QPR.15:14
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Anton Ferdinand.14:48
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the right by-line,14:16
Inswinging corner taken by David Silva, clearance by Alejandro Faurlin.12:25
Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.10:37
Samir Nasri takes the inswinging corner, Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Jose Bosingwa manages to make a clearance. Yaya Toure takes a shot. Blocked by Anton Ferdinand. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Silva, Close range header by Vincent Kompany misses to the right of the goal.8:03
Yaya Toure takes a shot. Save by Rob Green.7:42
David Silva decides to take a short corner.3:31
Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Edin Dzeko produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.1:08
Corner from the left by-line taken by Samir Nasri, save by Rob Green.0:00
The match begins.
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