Manchester City Held At QPR

Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City played to a 2-2 draw in an evenly matched English Premier League clash at Loftus Road on Saturday night.  Man City went out in search of back-to-back victories in the league following their memorable 1-0 victory over rivals Manchester United last week.  Harry Redknapp’s side had two goals disallowed before finally making one count in the 20th minute.

Charlie Austin drilled a shot past Joe Hart to give his side a deserved 1-0 lead.  Derby day hero Sergio Aguero equalised for the Citizens in the 31st minute following brilliant footwork by the striker before forcing a shot past the keeper.  QPR came close to snatching the lead before the break but Hart refused to be beaten producing a superb save to deny Austin, in any case he was offside.

The two sides were deadlocked at 1-1 at half-time.  Both teams looked lively early on in the second stanza and in the 52nd minute Bobby Zamora put one at the back of the net, but it was disallowed as he was offside making it five goals in the match with only two legitimate.  The match reverted to the slow paced exchanges it began with deep inside the hour mark as neither side was decisive with the ball at their feet.

When scoring proved to be hard for Redknapp’s charges, Martin Demichelis decided to do it for them.  The Argentine scored at his own end in the 76th minute to make it 2-1 to Rangers.  Aguero scored his second of the night and the final of the match to make it 2-2 and rescue any blushes for Manuel Pellegrini, who could not have been pleased with the final outcome anyway.