Saturday September 15, 2012 Day 4 Finished Loftus Road

  1. QPR hold Chelsea after handshake drama

    QPR hold Chelsea after handshake drama

    QPR and Chelsea played out a 0-0 stalemate at Loftus Road after Anton Ferdinand snubbed John Terry and Ashley Cole pre-match. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Queens Park Rangers
    • Chelsea
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4' Full time at Loftus Road. A 0-0 draw more entertaining than the score suggests, and that's without considering Handshakegate... thanks for joining me this afternoon. Hit me up on Twitter if you want to discuss the match @liamhappe
    • 90+3' Hosts surge forward and Cisse is fed inside the box! Shot attempt closed down!
    • 90+2' Now it's Ferdinand who pulls up. He leaves the field of play to get his right leg taped up. If he withdraws from the entire stoppage period his side will have to defend a man light with no subs.
    • 90+1' Again the board shows three. Three minutes for a potential match-winning goal.
    • 90' Chelsea launch a slick one-touch counter from the corner which ends when Ramires tees up Lampard to blast over from 20 yards.
    • 89' Luiz times his leap excellently to head a Bosingwa cross out of the six-yard box before Zamora can pounce. QPR have the corner.
    • 87' Hosts send a central free-kick long into the Chelsea area but it's headed out of danger.
    • 86' Hazard should have won the game there! Ivanovic inside the box from the right flank to Moses, who crosses low right into the Belgian's path but he skies his effort from 10 yards. Horrible miss.
    • 85' Again the contest is hushing down in the closing ten minutes of the half but it's the home side backing off more as Chelsea advance.
    • 84' Sturridge looking lively so far in his cameo but no final touch in the danger zone.
    • 83' Cesar makes his first real bad touch of his debut for QPR, slicing a kick-out for a Chelsea throw.
    • 81' Ramires brings the ball down yards from goal, but a certain conversion is stopped by the offside flag.
    • 80' Torres cuts a disappointed figure as he comes off for Sturridge, storming straight down the tunnel. The Spaniard has not had a good game.
    • 78' Chelsea break and Moses with a chance from an acute angle on the right and Cesar again parries well!
    • 77' Nightmare back pass attempt from Mikel! Zamora is one-on-one with Cech! The keeper goes to ground but just gets a hand to it which delays the shot enough for a player to block it on the line!
    • 76' And loyal tweeter @jonni_cash will get us started! "love him or hate him Terry is a trooper. Not my cup of tea but I still appreciate his bravadoness if there is such a word." Want to join in? Follow me on Twitter @liamhappe and have your say!
    • 75' Doesn't look like Terry will be subbed off despite the tweak. Cue "brave" debate #1,076...
    • 74' Good defending by Nelsen to stop Moses coming into the box from the right.
    • 72' Terry pulls up favouring his leg. The QPR fans rejoice and taunt mercilessly.
    • 71' No goals here yet but there's been plenty of them elsewhere in the top flight - check out who's on their way to three points with our LIVE multiplex! Premier League scores
    • 70' Hughes makes his final substitution - and his only tactical change - as Wright-Phillips makes way for Cisse.
    • 69' Error from Onuoha lets Hazard surge forward. A neat flick sets Torres on his way in the box but his first touch is poor and Ferdinand cleans up.
    • 67' Ivanovic beats Bosingwa to Hazard's much-improved far-post delivery from open play but nods it off-target under pressure from the man whom he often consigned to the Chelsea bench last season.
    • 66' His delivery fails to beat the man at the near post.
    • 65' Chelsea win their fourth corner, Hazard will take.
    • 64' Shouts of handball against Luiz but the defender did well to block Faurlin's attempt to play the ball over him with his chest.
    • 63' Now Park strikes off-target from the Chelsea 'D' as the home team continue to have the better of things for now.
    • 62' Long ball across field finds Wright-Phillips on the right wing. He goes for the spectacular with a first-time crack at goal from a tight angle and comes nowhere near troubling Cech.
    • 61' Back in play and it looks like Mikel will carry on.
    • 60' The ball is put out of play as Mikel sinks to a knee in pain. He came out worse of an aerial exchange with Mackie.
    • 59' Faurlin sails a speculative effort well over Cech's crossbar.
    • 58' Bertrand is replaced by Victor Moses in the visitors' first change of the match.
    • 57' Ramires bravely goes to ground in the box to dispossess ex-stablemate Bosingwa - the Brazillian is on a caution already, remember - at the expense of a corner, QPR's first.
    • 56' Granero launches the ball forward from the middle and Park gets his head on it from eight yards! Cech saves and holds!
    • 55' Park has a cross from the left volleyed out for an attacking throw by Terry.
    • 54' Cracking sequence of 50-50 battles in the middle of the park see QPR win out eventually, but cannot convert into a meaningful chance at goal.
    • 53' "Ole!" cheers for every Chelsea pass now, even when the ball goes back to Cech.
    • 52' Wright-Phillips catches Lampard and Chelsea have a free-kick inside their own half.
    • 50' Mikel muscles Park off the ball but Granero is there to rescue possession.
    • 49' But now a good build from the home side which culminates with Boswinga cutting inside to Mackie, who turns and forces a catch from Cech.
    • 48' Chelsea beginning the second half with some decent short passes and confident movement forward but QPR are holding firm at the back and denying them a sight of the penalty area.
    • 47' Joe (@thejoesawaya) said at half-time: "studge for torres, oscar for lamps and moses for bertrand. Chelsea will win 2-0" - keep your predictions coming to @liamhappe on Twitter!
    • 46' The home side get the game back underway.
    • - Who will take the initiative in the second and perhaps take all three points? Let me know via Twitter @liamhappe
    • 45+3' There's the half-time whistle. We're goalless at Loftus Road in a tense encounter with both sides looking decent in spells.
    • 45+1' QPR launch another break and Mackie will try to take on Ivanovic and Cole... he fails.
    • 45' Three minutes added on to the first half.
    • 44' Granero will go for goal... wide of the near post.
    • 43' QPR now with a free-kick in a decent position as Luiz climbs on Zamora. 20-22 yards, just left of centre.
    • 42' Things slowing down from the highly-charged opening 25 minutes as we approach the interval.
    • 40' After Boswinga can only half-clear a Cole cross, Mikel sees a 20-yard rebound strike blocked by Ferdinand.
    • 39' QPR fans are chanting "you're John Terry's -bleep-" at Ashley Cole.
    • 38' Three shots on target for Chelsea so far to QPR's one.
    • 36' Lampard with another 30-yard free kick. He goes for goal but though on target Cesar sees it the whole way and claims.
    • 35' Berbatov has scored his first goal for Fulham and Arsenal are running away with it at the Emirates. Follow all the major happenings across the Premier League board here: Premier League LIVE
    • 34' Chelsea have themselves another corner coming up. Their third to the hosts' zero.
    • 33' Johnson was pulling a lot of strings in the early going and that could be a big loss. Especially if it stretches beyond this game as he had to be helped to the back.
    • 32' Johnson, like Fabio before him, won't be able to carry on either and the home side have been forced to use two of their three changes with just over half an hour played. Jamie Mackie is now on.
    • 31' Replay of the Lampard-Ivanovic set piece shows Terry may have been pulled down by Nelsen in the box.
    • 30' Johnson went down in the midst of that and there's a brief pause as the forward gets treatment.
    • 29' Hazard goes to ground inside the box! Wright-Phillips the man covering back but Hazard is down rather easily, even though contact between their legs seems apparent. Goal kick ruled.
    • 28' Cech makes a routine catch as QPR go long. Would be a bad thing if they lost faith in their ground attack which has seen them stand strong against the European champions so far.
    • 27' Bertrand enters the book for a rash challenge on Wright-Phillips.
    • 25' No goals thus far but an enjoyable derby. Plenty of individual battles and a lot of passion on show.
    • 24' Luiz cuts out a long slide rule pass from Park looking for Zamora and the QPR skipper fouls the centre-back soon after, earning himself a verbal warning.
    • 23' The away side keep attacking and Bertrand, still lurking on the edge of the box, is almost put through but he's easily outmuscled. Limp shout for a foul but he just lacked the strength there.
    • 22' Good in-swinging set piece from Lampard but Ivanovic is inches from connecting for what would have been a certain goal barring a miraculous stop by Cesar.
    • 21' Ferdinand brings down Bertrand and Chelsea have a free-kick out on the left-hand side. Lampard to whip this one into the crowded box.
    • 20' Chelsea have finally began stringing together their own passages of possession in the last few minutes.
    • 19' Fabio's injury came as he went to ground in an attempt to dispossess Torres.
    • 18' Fabio has picked up a knock and QPR make an early change with Onuoha on in his place. Ivanovic also appears to be in some discomfort but is playing on for now.
    • 17' Remember, we have all the PL fixtures covered in our multiplex today, where Stoke lead champions Manchester City and Arsenal and Aston Villa have also taken the lead. Premier League: LIVE
    • 16' Torres enters the Rs area from the right-hand side, cuts inside Nelsen and shoots! Good parry again from Cesar!
    • 15' More attacking pressure from QPR after Fabio and Park double-team Ramires to mug him for possession, and Zamora gets a shot on target which Cech holds low.
    • 14' Again, Rangers break from the flag kick and Ramires' slide lunge on Faurlin earns him the game's first booking.
    • 13' Ramires is brought down 30 yards from goal for a central free-kick which Lampard hammers low towards goal and has to settle for a corner off the wall.
    • 12' The hosts are settling quicker here and enjoying more of the ball.
    • 11' Mikel brings down Park in the middle of the pitch but a hasty free-kick punt forward goes safely to Cech. Waste.
    • 10' Cole heads clear a decent cross from the left by Fabio.
    • 9' Had a lot of stops and starts so far as expected in a scrappy and heated opening which may end up becoming even moreso.
    • 8' Cole is thwarted on the overlap by the offside flag.
    • 7' More Twitter opinions - @joey_foey: "i dont like rdm line up in this game.we give mata rest for international duty & i expect oscar or moses to replace him" - @Ksimegatjidebt: "Mata not on the bench?!?!? What's the MATA chelsea?"
    • 6' Fabio goes down on the edge of the box under pressure from compatriot Luiz, but in addition to not looking inside the area it's not given as a foul by referee Andre Marriner anyway.
    • 5' Zamora almost flicks the ball over himself inside the box with back to goal to escape three defenders, but they are able to keep with him and get the ball back.
    • 4' Hazard is threaded through in the box! Cesar parries the one-on-one! The loose ball pings just behind the Belgian and a rebound tap-in is not an option.
    • 3' As one can imagine, Terry is getting booed and whistled every time he touches the ball.
    • 2' First corner of the match comes early as Bertrand's driven cross is put behind by Boswinga. QPR clear the corner and break through Park but Zamora is dispossessed before he can enter the penalty area.
    • 1' Right. Where were we? Oh, yes! They're having a football match too! The first half is up and running as Chelsea kick off.
    • 15:00 HANDSHAKEGATE: Anton Ferdinand does NOT shake Terry or Cole's hands, and emphatically so. He put a lot into his body language as he skipped each man. Terry wasn't impressed and said something to Ferdinand as he went past. We will have video footage of this on the website very shortly!
    • 14:55 The tweets keep coming in and they remain skeptical towards the visitors: Nick (@NickHBP): "Leave Oscar on the bench again after he bags 3 assists and a goal for Brazil as their starting number 10?!?!" - John (@jonni_cash): "given the current chelsea squad why do pundits still rate them over the gunners who are gradually coming together?"
    • 14:50 Vinay (@Vinayismyname) says: "not impressed with chelsea team at all, lampard and mikel are totally incompatible. and need some variation for ramires &bertrand" and Luke (@lukedbest) says: "Terry and Ferdinand will not shake hands" - you can have your say too by following me on Twitter and tweeting your thoughts/predictions: @liamhappe
    • 14:45 We have all the Premier League clashes covered today as usual - can't bear to stick to one? Keep up to speed with our PL multiplex with all the major events of each game! Premier League: LIVE
    • 14:40 Roberto Di Matteo: "[We want to] make people focus more on the football side rather than other issues. I know Mark Hughes very well, we’re in touch every now and then and hopefully everyone will focus on football tomorrow and move on. Every time we go to Loftus Road it’s always a feisty day. It’s a small ground with very passionate supporters from both sides. It’s going to be a heated atmosphere."
    • 14:35 Mark Hughes: "There's a lot of debate over the handshake every time we have a game against Chelsea. We'll respect the handshake if that's what we're told will happen. It's not my decision, we abide by the Premier League. I've had a discussion with Anton (Ferdinand) about it, but that will remain between us."
    • 14:30 As has been confirmed, the pre-match handshake ritual will be enforced today at Loftus Road. This does not mean EVERYONE is legally bound to shake everybody's hand, but Terry and Cole will go face-to-face with Ferdinand pre-match. Full article
    • 14:25 John Terry and Ashley Cole will share the pitch with Anton Ferdinand today. QPR boss and former Chelsea player Mark Hughes favours Cesar over Green in goal. Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jose Boswinga start against their former employers. What do you make of all this? Let me know on Twitter! @liamhappe
    • 14:20 Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry (c), Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Ramires, Hazard, Bertrand; Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Romeu, Oscar, Moses, Sturridge. /// Cesar, Ferdinand, Park, Johnson, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Nelsen, Bosingwa, Da Silva, Zamora, Faurlin. Subs: Green, Cisse, Taarabt, Mackie, Onuoha, Dyer, Hoilett.
    • 14:15 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE text coverage of arguably the most anticipated Premier League fixture of the new season so far with QPR playing host to West London rivals Chelsea. Team news will follow and it's looking set to guarantee some controversy during the pre-match handshakes! I want to publish your thoughts on this, so follow me on Twitter - @liamhappe - and tweet over what you think will happen at 2:55pm...
  • Summary

    • 90+3' Hosts surge forward and Cisse is fed inside the box! Shot attempt closed down!
    • 86' Hazard should have won the game there! Ivanovic inside the box from the right flank to Moses, who crosses low right into the Belgian's path but he skies his effort from 10 yards. Horrible miss.
    • 78' Chelsea break and Moses with a chance from an acute angle on the right and Cesar again parries well!
    • 77' Nightmare back pass attempt from Mikel! Zamora is one-on-one with Cech! The keeper goes to ground but just gets a hand to it which delays the shot enough for a player to block it on the line!
    • 69' Error from Onuoha lets Hazard surge forward. A neat flick sets Torres on his way in the box but his first touch is poor and Ferdinand cleans up.
    • 56' Granero launches the ball forward from the middle and Park gets his head on it from eight yards! Cech saves and holds!
    • 16' Torres enters the Rs area from the right-hand side, cuts inside Nelsen and shoots! Good parry again from Cesar!
    • 15' More attacking pressure from QPR after Fabio and Park double-team Ramires to mug him for possession, and Zamora gets a shot on target which Cech holds low.
    • 4' Hazard is threaded through in the box! Cesar parries the one-on-one! The loose ball pings just behind the Belgian and a rebound tap-in is not an option.
    • 15:00 HANDSHAKEGATE: Anton Ferdinand does NOT shake Terry or Cole's hands, and emphatically so. He put a lot into his body language as he skipped each man. Terry wasn't impressed and said something to Ferdinand as he went past. We will have video footage of this on the website very shortly!
    • 14:20 Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry (c), Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Ramires, Hazard, Bertrand; Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Romeu, Oscar, Moses, Sturridge. /// Cesar, Ferdinand, Park, Johnson, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Nelsen, Bosingwa, Da Silva, Zamora, Faurlin. Subs: Green, Cisse, Taarabt, Mackie, Onuoha, Dyer, Hoilett.
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      Defenders
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      4.5 6
      5.2 7
      Substitution Out21′ 5.4 6
      Midfielders
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      5 6
      Substitution Out70′ 5.5 6
      6.5 7
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  1. nice try

    From Chikwekwem, on Mon 24 Sep 20:27
  2. The sooner Ferdinande and QPR are back in the­ championship the better, Anton is not helping the­ cause and is intent on causing grief. This is football­ and not the place for a playground dispute. Whatever­ happened to freedom of speech anyway

    From Sadoldgit, on Mon 17 Sep 9:27
  3. Queens #$%$ Rangers. See you next season on­ Championship.

    From Matti, on Mon 17 Sep 1:08
  4. why isn't oscar playing?

    From Henry Ejiro, on Sun 16 Sep 19:32
  5. Been as both teams were told to shake hands and Anton­ delibrately avoided John and Andy which is a total­ disgrace not just to Terry & Cole and Chelsea and­ Q-P-R but to the Premier league. Anton should be­ punished and fined and given several match bans!

    From Lee, on Sun 16 Sep 12:18
  6. anton ferdinand, wot a total prat!! Just like his­ brother. Think they are a couple of gangsters, trying­ to run football, like the krays. More like the gays!!

    From JAY, on Sat 15 Sep 19:57
  7. ferdinand must be charged with bringing the game into­ disrepute......pathetic little shi*

    From PAUL, on Sat 15 Sep 18:56
  8. Ferdinand is now a pathetic B**** C***

    From PAUL, on Sat 15 Sep 18:53
  9. hahaha falcaos #$%$ are #$%$ twanks...

    From Fish Finger Licker, on Sat 15 Sep 17:48
  10. when are these over paid so called sportsmen or are­ they kids going to grow up.We have just had the world­ looking at all the games in London in the olympics and­ all were frendly

    From MIck, on Sat 15 Sep 17:30
  11. think all need to grow up stop being a spoilt #$%$ ­ remeber kids watch this and they try and copy well­ there it is grown ups !!!!!!!!

    From PAUL, on Sat 15 Sep 17:14
  12. I watched it and now cam confirm that QPR are a very­ boring team to watch I nearly fell asleep

    From Jock, on Sat 15 Sep 16:59
  13. don,t pay any of chelsea,s players they are a disgrace­ . nil nil what a boring game rdm will lose his job at­ christmas if he dosen,t do better than this. what a­ load of tossers.

    From anita c, on Sat 15 Sep 16:56
  14. You poor Mugs, it's 3-0 at Paradise on Thames;­ whats it like in Kebeb Land.

    From Stalins Ghost, on Sat 15 Sep 16:54
  15. wow...hazard+ torres=rubbish

    From Duke of Heysel, on Sat 15 Sep 16:53
  16. wow...hazard+ torres=rubbish

    From Duke of Heysel, on Sat 15 Sep 16:51
  17. What a Muppet Torres is not supporting his team mates,­ sulking down the tunnel when substituted...

    From Jacqui, on Sat 15 Sep 16:50
  18. You poor Mugs, It's beautiful down at Paradise on­ Thames 3-0 COYW

    From Stalins Ghost, on Sat 15 Sep 16:49
  19. this game sucks

    From Ramin, on Sat 15 Sep 16:47
  20. Torres again no respect for his team mates, straight­ down the tunnel when substituted...

    From Jacqui, on Sat 15 Sep 16:44
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