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Chelsea 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Oscar celebrates scoring for Chelsea against QPR
Chelsea have won all four games Oscar has scored in this season
  • Chelsea stay four points clear at top of table
  • Costa returns after four-game absence
  • QPR's Austin scores his fifth league goal of season
  • Hoops have lost four of last five league games

Leaders Chelsea moved nine points clear of title rivals Manchester City as a sublime finish by Oscar helped overcome a determined QPR at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazil midfielder lashed home a first-time low, angled drive with the outside of his boot from 12 yards after being set up by Cesc Fabregas.

Charlie Austin levelled when back-heeling Leroy Fer's shot into the net.

But Eden Hazard's penalty, after the Belgian was fouled by Eduardo Vargas, won it for Chelsea.

Premier League champions City will reduce the gap to six points if they beat neighbours United in the Manchester derby on Sunday.

I didn't enjoy Chelsea win - Mourinho

Jose Mourinho's side head to Slovenia for Wednesday's Champions League group game against NK Maribor unbeaten in 15 games in all competitions this season.

They also have Diego Costa leading the attack again, the Spain international showing flashes of his best form against QPR on his return from a four-game absence.

Chelsea, though laboured, dominated possession and would have won by a more handsome margin but for several saves from Robert Green.

Ex-Tottenham striker & BBC pundit Garth Crooks:
"Who did Cesc Fabregas replace at Chelsea? For all his goals, nobody is talking about Frank Lampard any more. Fabregas is not only laying goals on but transforming Chelsea's style of play. They are strong and formidable but they are also easy on the eye. No wonder Roman Abramovich stood up and applauded. Not even at Inter Milan or Real Madrid did a Jose Mourinho side play football like this."

Their winner came with 15 minutes remaining, Hazard sending goalkeeper Green the wrong way from the spot after Vargas's foul.

It was hard on tireless QPR, who thought they had secured a point when Austin provided a moment of inspiration to divert Fer's shot, which was going wide, past Thibaut Courtois in the 62nd minute.

The main talking point of a highly competitive London derby was Oscar's goal-of-the-season contender in the 32nd minute.

'Harsh penalty' disappoints Redknapp

It came soon after England international Green asked referee Mike Jones for the floodlights to be switched on as he was struggling to see clearly.

But he could do nothing as Oscar beat home with an early shot after Fabregas wrong-footed Yun Suk-young, his ninth assist in 10 league games since his £30m summer move from Barcelona.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho:

"My team didn't play well or well enough or so well as I was expecting. I was expecting more."

On Oscar's goal: "The goal is not impossible in a very talented boy.

"For 90 minutes I think he was our best player. Not for the goal, but for the dynamic, for the intensity, for the transitions. He was always sharp."

QPR manager Harry Redknapp:

"It's difficult to come here because Chelsea have so much talent, so much ability, so much strength.

"I felt we deserved something for how hard we worked. When you work that hard and don't lie down against the best team in the country, for that we deserved a point.

"We have to work as hard as that every game if we're going to pick up points and get out of trouble."

Chelsea v QPR
Chelsea and QPR players observed a minute's silence before kick-off in what was the last game at Stamford Bridge before Remembrance Sunday
Chelsea v QPR
Defender Branislav Ivanovic, who has two league goals for Chelsea this season, wasted a great chance when the game was goalless
Chelsea v QPR
Oscar has 15 Premier League goals since joining Chelsea in the summer of 2012
Chelsea v QPR
Charlie Austin has scored 24 league goals for QPR since the start of last season - including play-offs - 18 more than anyone else
Chelsea v QPR
Eden Hazard has converted all eight penalties that he has taken in the Premier League

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 24Cahill
  • 26Terry
  • 3Filipe Luís
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 21Matic
  • 22WillianSubstituted forDrogbaat 64'minutes
  • 8Oscar
  • 10E HazardSubstituted forSantos do Nascimentoat 90+3'minutes
  • 19Diego CostaSubstituted forSchürrleat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cech
  • 5Zouma
  • 6Aké
  • 7Santos do Nascimento
  • 11Drogba
  • 14Schürrle
  • 17Salah

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 14Isla
  • 22Dunne
  • 4Caulker
  • 13Yun
  • 24Vargas
  • 20Henry
  • 30Guimaraes Cordeiro
  • 23HoilettSubstituted forZamoraat 60'minutes
  • 10FerSubstituted forTraoreat 84'minutes
  • 9Austin

Substitutes

  • 3Traore
  • 6Hill
  • 7Phillips
  • 11Wright-Phillips
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 21Murphy
  • 25Zamora
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
41,486

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home13
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Ramires replaces Eden Hazard.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eduardo Vargas (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Bobby Zamora following a set piece situation.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

  7. Post update

    Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Didier Drogba (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Oscar.

  10. Post update

    Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Armand Traore replaces Leroy Fer.

  13. Post update

    Foul by André Schürrle (Chelsea).

  14. Post update

    Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Terry (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Mauricio Isla.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. André Schürrle replaces Diego Costa.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea. Eden Hazard tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea1082026101626
2Southampton107122151622
3Man City95221910917
4Arsenal104511811717
5West Ham105231914517
6Swansea104331310315
7Liverpool104241313014
8Man Utd93421613313
9Everton103431917213
10West Brom103431313013
11Newcastle103431115-413
12Stoke103341012-212
13Hull102531314-111
14Tottenham93241113-211
15Aston Villa9315414-1010
16Crystal Palace92341316-39
17Leicester102351116-59
18Sunderland9153817-98
19QPR10217920-117
20Burnley10046519-144
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