Wednesday March 21, 2012 Day 29 Finished Loftus Road

Queens Park Rangers 3 - 2 Liverpool

  • Derry 77’
  • Cissé 86’
  • Mackie 90’
  • Coates 54’
  • Kuyt 72’

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  1. QPR stun Liverpool with late comeback

    QPR stun Liverpool with late comeback

    QPR moved out of the relegation zone with a stunning recovery from two goals down to beat Liverpool 3-2 in their clash at Loftus Road. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Queens Park Rangers
    • Liverpool
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Thursday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3' The final whistle goes at Loftus Road, and QPR have completed a quite remarkable recovery to beat Liverpool 3-2 after having been two goals down with 13 minutes to go! What a comeback, and what a match! Thanks for your company.
    • 90+2' GOAL!!!! MACKIE PUTS QPR IN FRONT! Young heads the ball forward, and inexplicably the Liverpool defenders part to leave Mackie a free run at goal, and he drives the ball past Reina to give QPR a late lead!
    • 90+1' QPR continue to pile on the pressure, and Liverpool look utterly shell-shocked in this match!
    • 90' There will be three additional minutes at the end of this breathless second half!
    • 89' Akos Buzsaky comes on to replace the cramp-stricken Cisse, and he departs to a standing ovation!
    • 87' The home fans are roaring on their side, and Hughes is incredibly pumped up on the touchline with his side thriving!
    • 86' GOAL!!!!! CISSE DRAWS QPR BACK LEVEL! What a big goal this could prove to be for QPR as Cisse rises imperiously to head past Reina from a cross by Taiwo, and Dalglish cannot believe it!
    • 85' QPR are battling to force their way back into this, and Liverpool are defending very deep indeed.
    • 83' Zamora is furious as he is penalised for a challenge on Skrtel, and that battle rages on.
    • 82' Suarez trudges off very slowly as Andy Carroll comes on as a substitute for the visitors.
    • 81' Liverpool have enjoyed 62% of the possession in this second half, but it may count for little if QPR find an equaliser.
    • 80' Derry is inspiring the play for the hosts as he forces his side onto the front foot.
    • 79' Downing breaks from deep once more, but he cannot find Kuyt and QPR can launch a counter-attack.
    • 78' The home fans are really into this now as they roar on their side, and Liverpool are sweating this final period.
    • 77' GOAL!!!! DERRY PULLS ONE BACK! Jordan Henderson is the culprit of slack marking as Derry rises high to head home powerfully from inside the penalty area, and he converts a corner kick to drag his side back into this!
    • 75' That goal was all about Suarez, however, and he continues to pose a real threat in the final third.
    • 73' What a way for Kuyt to mark his 200th league appearance in a Liverpool shirt, and he looks to have put this game past QPR!
    • 72' GOAL!!!! KUYT MAKES IT TWO!! Suarez hits the far post with a low drive, before Kenny pulls off a fine save to deny Downing, but Kuyt is on hand to turn the ball home from close range and make it two!
    • 71' It's all Liverpool as QPR are pegged firmly back in their half once more.
    • 69' Liverpool are again caught out as they play one pass too many, and Diakite can bring the ball clear once more.
    • 68' Kuyt breaks from deep as the Dutchman leads the counter-attack, but his pass to Suarez is overhit.
    • 67' Dalglish continues to cut a very agitated figure on the touchline, and he is craving that elusive second goal.
    • 66' Spearing and Skrtel keep the ball as Liverpool end up going all the way back to Reina, but they are in no hurry now.
    • 65' Gerrard links the play once more from midfield, and QPR are really struggling to get on the ball.
    • 64' The home fans continue to cheer Jamie Mackie's name, and they have been lifted by that decision from Hughes.
    • 63' No team with fewer than 12 points after 14 Premier League home games has ever survived in the Premier League (QPR have 11).
    • 61' Jamie Mackie comes on to replace Joey Barton, and there is a mixture of boos and cheers to meet it - he really does polarise opinion, even among his own fans!
    • 60' Boos again ring out as Barton misplaces a pass, and the fans are really getting on his back now.
    • 59' The home fans are growing increasingly restless now, and jeers ring out as Barton drives a poor shot wide.
    • 57' Downing slams a ferocious drive on target, and Kenny is forced to parry the ball to safety - that was another very fine strike!
    • 56' QPR have won one of the last 11 league games against Liverpool (W1 D2 L8).
    • 55' What a goal to break the deadlock, and no one saw that coming!
    • 54' GOAL!!!! COATES OPENS THE SCORING WITH A BLINDER! It's a quite stunning strike from Coates, who unleashes a brilliant scissor-kick volley, and the ball flies past Kenny in emphatic fashion!
    • 53' Ferdinand carves down Suarez, and Webb continues to stoutly refuse to use his cards this evening as he warns the player yet again.
    • 52' Liverpool have drawn 99 games away from home in the Premier League era.
    • 51' Webb has to calm down Diakite, who lunges in on Gerrard and is fortunate to miss the ball and player entirely!
    • 50' Onuoha blocks the ball away inside the penalty area as Gerrard aims for the far post, but to no avail.
    • 49' Liverpool win a dangerous free kick as Gerrard stands over the set-piece, and this is just 25 yards out...
    • 47' Young makes good ground down the right, and he challenges with Henderson, who tries to make an early impact.
    • 46' The second half is underway at Loftus Road, and Jordan Henderson has replaced Charlie Adam, while Taye Taiwo has come on for Armand Traore with both players departing through injury.
    • - @Clarawrz believes Suarez will score, with Gerrard adding another from the penalty spot and QPR netting a late consolation. @SiajunzaHamwala believes Liverpool will win 3-0 with Suarez scoring a brace and Gerrard adding a third. What do others think?
    • - What was your assessment of that first half? What is your revised prediction for full-time, and what changes (if any) would you like to see either manager make? Get in touch with me on Twitter @Dan_Eurosport
    • 45+2' The half-time whistle goes at Loftus Road, and it is goalless between QPR and Liverpool with the visitors having had the majority of possession, but neither goalkeeper has been overly tested despite the openings. This match remains very finely poised.
    • 45+1' Adam limps off to the touchline, and he is really struggling - it would be very surprising if he returns to the field.
    • 45' There will be two added minutes at the end of this first half, and Charlie Adam goes down clutching his left knee - he looks to be in an awful lot of pain.
    • 44' Adam seems very keen to get himself booked, and he has to be dragged away from remonstrating with referee Webb by his captain, Gerrard.
    • 43' Taarabt goes for goal with a rather poor mishit, and he slices the ball with the outside of his boot straight to Reina, very tamely.
    • 42' Diakite is finally finding some confidence in midfield, and he and Taarabt keep the ball for QPR.
    • 41' Adam rather cynically trips Barton 25 yards out, and Webb gives the midfielder a stern talking to but keeps his cards in his pocket.
    • 40' QPR are keeping the ball much better at the moment, and Liverpool are being forced under the cosh at the end of this first half.
    • 39' Cisse jumps high to challenge Carragher for the ball, but the defender wins a towering header.
    • 38' Fifty five per cent of the goals QPR have scored have come in the first half, a Premier League high.
    • 37' It does have to be said that this is not one of the best pitches, and Clara Rennee Weiss asks why Kelly went off... he moved off the field very gingerly, and he certainly took a knock.
    • 36' Suarez is extremely frustrated as Spearing plays a very firm final ball into his feet, and he cannot quite control it.
    • 35' Onuoha lumps a clearance into the stand as Suarez again looks to make ground behind him, but to no avail.
    • 34' Dalglish makes an early change as Martin Kelly is withdrawn, and Sebastian Coates is the man to replace him.
    • 33' Downing heads down a cross from Kuyt, but Gerrard cannot turn the ball on target as he rushes on to meet it.
    • 32' Cisse unleashes a stunning effort from 25 yards, and Reina is comprehensively beaten by the shot, which fizzes agonisingly wide of the far post!
    • 31' Diakite loses the ball to Gerrard, but QPR eventually win the ball back once more.
    • 30' Barton and Gerrard tussle in midfield, and the Liverpool man again comes away with the ball from halfway.
    • 29' Adam clears away from the first corner, but QPR quickly win another as the pressure builds from the hosts.
    • 28' Gerrard is furious with Kelly for not anticipating a pass from midfield, before Enrique slices a shocking clearance behind for a corner.
    • 27' Spearing does well to bring a high ball down into his stride, and he spreads the play before Cisse back tracks to win it back for QPR.
    • 26' Young battles away tirelessly with Enrique, and the Spaniard eventually comes away with the ball.
    • 25' Suarez drops off the front line and receives a pass from Kuyt before turning and shooting high and wide!
    • 24' The cameras continue to focus on the fact that Daniel Craig is in the crowd, and he's apparently a big Liverpool fan.
    • 23' Reina is forced to charge out and punch a loose high ball inside his penalty area, and that's the first real time he's been asked to get involved.
    • 22' Liverpool ease off slightly, passing the ball around at the back but still dominating the possession.
    • 21' Zamora and Cisse have been extremely quiet thus far, and the two forwards can blame a lack of service or support.
    • 20' QPR have won just one of their last 16 Premier League matches, a run which includes a 0-1 defeat to Liverpool.
    • 19' Downing drops inside once more and links the play, and Liverpool are overrunning QPR in the midfield.
    • 18' Without wishing to be overly harsh, Diakite is having an absolute nightmare: he's missing tackles, misplacing passes and not looking at all confident.
    • 17' Adam releases Kuyt, but Suarez cannot quite keep the ball in play at the byline up against Onuoha.
    • 16' Suarez is caught offside as Gerrard slips him through on goal once more, and that was marginal!
    • 15' Kenny is absolutely furious with his defence once more as Gerrard and Suarez almost contrive to carve out another chance!
    • 14' STAT: Adel Taarabt has fired in the most shots this season without scoring in the Premier League (63) closely followed by team-mate Shaun Wright-Phillips (58) and then Stewart Downing of Liverpool (52).
    • 13' Adam does very well to force his way to the left byline, but his cross is weak and tame with Kenny able to collect.
    • 12' Kuyt battles away in typically dogged fashion as he scraps with Young for the ball, and eventually he comes away with it.
    • 11' Ferdinand goes down injured as he has his right ankle treated on the field, and play is held up...
    • 10' STAT: The Reds have netted 496 goals on the road in Premier League history.
    • 9' Downing forces his way through on goal as the QPR back four is again ripped wide open, but Derry does very well to slide in and challenge with a last-ditch challenge!
    • 8' It's last-ditch defending from the hosts as Ferdinand throws himself at the ball to block Martin Kelly's shot, and Liverpool are all over their hosts!
    • 7' Liverpool win a fourth corner early on in this match, but this time Traore beats Downing to a key header at the back post!
    • 6' Liverpool are dominating at the moment as Skrtel almost manages to stab a close-range shot on target, and QPR are living dangerously.
    • 5' What a chance for Suarez! Adam slides an incisive through ball into the path of Suarez as Onuoha is caught out at the back, but the forward plants a tame shot straight at Paddy Kenny - it should be 1-0!
    • 4' Taarabt is fouled by Spearing on halfway, and the Liverpool midfielder is very angry with Webb for no good reason.
    • 3' Diakite gives the ball away in very sloppy fashion as he lofts a poor pass straight to Kuyt, but Suarez then loses it to Onuoha.
    • 2' Paddy Kenny looks to calm things down after a frenetic start as he bides his time over a goal kick.
    • 1' There is a huge round of applause for Fabrice Muamba prior to the whistle, and Howard Webb blows his whistle to start this match...
    • - PhiniBB reckons it will be 3-2 to Liverpool this evening, but he thinks QPR are a very dangerous side. The atmosphere is electric at Loftus Road, with the crowd clearly realising their role.
    • 19:55 What do you all make of the two line-ups this evening? Mark Hughes has spoken in the build up to this match about the need for his side to be positive, and he partners Cisse and Zamora in attack to reflect that. Can his players pull out a big performance tonight?
    • 19:50 Luis Suarez and Martin Kelly have both recovered from knocks to start for Liverpool at relegation-threatened QPR tonight. That means manager Kenny Dalglish only makes two changes to the side that beat Stoke at the weekend, bringing in Charlie Adam and Dirk Kuyt for his 200th Premier League appearance.
    • 19:45 QPR make two changes with Luke Young and Adel Taarabt replacing Clint Hill and Shaun Wright-Phillips. The match marks referee Howard Webb's return to action for the first time since having to abandon Saturday's FA Cup clash between Tottenham and Bolton due to Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest. The players are all wearing T-shirts declaring their support for Muamba before kick-off.
    • 19:40 With 20 minutes until kick-off, it's time for you to post your pre-match predictions... What do you think the scoreline will be this evening at Loftus Road, and who do you back to get on the scoresheet? Get in touch with me on Twitter @Dan_Eurosport
    • 19:35 Earlier today, Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has insisted manager Kenny Dalglish was not "hung out to dry" over the Luis Suarez racism saga, despite admitting mistakes were made. "Look, hindsight is a wonderful thing. Did we get anything wrong? Yes, I am sure we did, but we move on. Kenny wasn't hung out to dry and never would be. He's a very important part of our team." Read the full story
    • 19:30 Liverpool currently lie in seventh place, five points behind sixth-placed Newcastle with a game in hand; meanwhile, QPR find themselves in the relegation zone, a point from Bolton and safety with a superior goal-difference. Premier League table
    • 19:25 THE TEAMS ARE IN! QPR: Kenny, Young, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Traore, Barton, Derry, Diakite, Taarabt, Zamora, Cisse. Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Bothroyd, Mackie, Buzsaky, Wright-Phillips, Taiwo /// Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Kuyt, Spearing, Adam, Downing, Gerrard, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Aurelio, Carroll, Henderson, Coates, Shelvey, Flanagan
    • 19:20 Mark Hughes: "It's not easy - we make no bones about that. It's a difficult run-in. Maybe, going into those games, the pressure is off somewhat, bizarrely. We're the underdogs and we're not expected to win. We can use that as a positive and hopefully gain from that."
    • 19:15 Kenny Dalglish: "It is a difficult job to work out the schedule of matches because there are that many games to be played. There are cup ties, teams in Europe, Premier League games and one of the most deciding factors is television. Television has been fantastic financially for clubs - no one would be in the position they are in without television - but I think the most important consideration should be players and how quickly they can turn themselves round."
    • 19:10 TEAM NEWS: Adel Taarabt is back in contention for QPR. Playmaker Taarabt missed Rangers' controversial defeat at Bolton 10 days ago with a hamstring strain but has had plenty of time to recover. Injury-plagued striker DJ Campbell is back in training and could return early next month, as could top-scorer Heidar Helguson (groin).
    • 19:05 Liverpool: Defender Glen Johnson and forward Craig Bellamy are both likely to miss out. The former has not played since the Carling Cup final victory over Cardiff last month while Bellamy has sat out the last two matches. Centre-back Daniel Agger is still recovering from a broken rib.
    • 19:00 Welcome to LIVE text commentary of QPR's crunch Premier League clash with Liverpool at Loftus Road, with both sides desperate for all three points for very different reasons.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' GOAL!!!! MACKIE PUTS QPR IN FRONT! Young heads the ball forward, and inexplicably the Liverpool defenders part to leave Mackie a free run at goal, and he drives the ball past Reina to give QPR a late lead!
    • 86' GOAL!!!!! CISSE DRAWS QPR BACK LEVEL! What a big goal this could prove to be for QPR as Cisse rises imperiously to head past Reina from a cross by Taiwo, and Dalglish cannot believe it!
    • 77' GOAL!!!! DERRY PULLS ONE BACK! Jordan Henderson is the culprit of slack marking as Derry rises high to head home powerfully from inside the penalty area, and he converts a corner kick to drag his side back into this!
    • 72' GOAL!!!! KUYT MAKES IT TWO!! Suarez hits the far post with a low drive, before Kenny pulls off a fine save to deny Downing, but Kuyt is on hand to turn the ball home from close range and make it two!
    • 54' GOAL!!!! COATES OPENS THE SCORING WITH A BLINDER! It's a quite stunning strike from Coates, who unleashes a brilliant scissor-kick volley, and the ball flies past Kenny in emphatic fashion!
    • 32' Cisse unleashes a stunning effort from 25 yards, and Reina is comprehensively beaten by the shot, which fizzes agonisingly wide of the far post!
    • 9' Downing forces his way through on goal as the QPR back four is again ripped wide open, but Derry does very well to slide in and challenge with a last-ditch challenge!
    • 8' It's last-ditch defending from the hosts as Ferdinand throws himself at the ball to block Martin Kelly's shot, and Liverpool are all over their hosts!
    • 5' What a chance for Suarez! Adam slides an incisive through ball into the path of Suarez as Onuoha is caught out at the back, but the forward plants a tame shot straight at Paddy Kenny - it should be 1-0!
    • 19:25 THE TEAMS ARE IN! QPR: Kenny, Young, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Traore, Barton, Derry, Diakite, Taarabt, Zamora, Cisse. Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Bothroyd, Mackie, Buzsaky, Wright-Phillips, Taiwo /// Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Kuyt, Spearing, Adam, Downing, Gerrard, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Aurelio, Carroll, Henderson, Coates, Shelvey, Flanagan

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