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Queens Park Rangers 2-2 Manchester City

By Luke ReddyBBC Sport
Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero twice brought City level at Loftus Road
  • Aguero hits two as QPR twice lose lead
  • Austin has controversial goal ruled out
  • City trail leaders Chelsea by eight points
  • QPR move off bottom of table

Champions Manchester City fell eight points behind league leaders Chelsea after drawing at Queens Park Rangers.

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Rangers' Charlie Austin had an early effort ruled out as City keeper Joe Hart's two-touch free-kick in the build-up did not leave the penalty box.

Moments later, Austin beat Hart with a low effort but Sergio Aguero finished smartly to level before the break.

Austin's cross forced Martin Demichelis into an own goal, but Aguero responded by rounding Rob Green to level.

The Argentine now has 12 goals in as many Premier League matches but his brilliance will only serve as mild consolation for City fans who have seen their side lose again in Europe and draw with struggling QPR less than a week after success in the Manchester derby.

Defeat to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday prompted widespread criticism of the Premier League champions and they now trail league leaders Chelsea - winners earlier in the day at Liverpool - by eight points, remaining third.

A crumb of comfort may exist in the fact City had two points fewer at the same stage last season, but the crisis in confidence raised by boss Manuel Pellegrini in midweek seemed prevalent at Loftus Road.

Les Ferdinand and Sergio Aguero
Only Les Ferdinand with 13 in 1995 has scored more goals in the opening 11 matchdays of a Premier League season than Sergio Aguero who has 12

Without injured captain Vincent Kompany, City were pressured early on by Harry Redknapp's side, who move off the bottom, leapfrogging Burnley who beat Hull earlier.

Austin, who now has four goals in his last three Premier League games, was at the centre of their good work and he headed past Hart but saw his effort ruled out for offside.

When the City keeper played the resulting free-kick straight to the R's talisman, he smashed into the net but referee Mike Dean again cut celebrations short after spotting Hart had touched the ball twice, with his first touch, vitally, not leaving the area.

Fifa rule
Fifa's Laws of the Game document for 2014-15 outlines why Charlie Austin's strike was ruled out

Austin persisted and buried Eduardo Vargas's pass to open the scoring, but Aguero was unshaken by the game's frenetic nature.

He collected Eliaquim Mangala's long ball brilliantly to find space and clip a leveller through the body of Rob Green.

QPR have just two wins this season but showed more enthusiasm in the second period as Leroy Fer struck wide before Austin's cross was powered in by Demichelis under pressure from Bobby Zamora.

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A City response arrived as Aguero's shot was cleared off the line by Richard Dunne and Stephen Caulker did the same to deny James Milner before QPR's resilience was broken by the exceptional Aguero.

The league's top scorer collected another long pass - this time from Yaya Toure - to evade the QPR keeper again, wrong-foot back-tracking home defenders and add a measured finish.

City pressed and found a brave Joey Barton block in the way of a goal-bound Toure shot, but QPR held on to deliver a further blow to their title hopes.

Queens Park Rangers protest
Queens Park Rangers were confused by Mike Dean's decision to rule out Charlie Austin's strike
Charlie Austin scores
Charlie Austin had two goals ruled out before eventually scoring the opener
Roy Hodgson
England manager Roy Hodgson was among those watching a pulsating game at Loftus Road
Sergio Aguero scores
Sergio Aguero pounced late on to score his second and he now has 12 league goals for the season

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 14IslaBooked at 37mins
  • 22DunneBooked at 40mins
  • 4Caulker
  • 13Yun
  • 24VargasBooked at 45mins
  • 20Henry
  • 30Guimaraes CordeiroBooked at 19minsSubstituted forBartonat 45'minutes
  • 10Fer
  • 25Zamora
  • 9Austin

Substitutes

  • 6Hill
  • 7Phillips
  • 8Barton
  • 12McCarthy
  • 15Onuoha
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 23Hoilett

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 3SagnaBooked at 55mins
  • 26Demichelis
  • 20Mangala
  • 22Clichy
  • 25FernandinhoSubstituted forDzekoat 64'minutesSubstituted forLampardat 68'minutes
  • 6Reges
  • 15Navas
  • 42Y Touré
  • 8NasriBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMilnerat 74'minutes
  • 16Agüero

Substitutes

  • 5Zabaleta
  • 7Milner
  • 10Dzeko
  • 13Caballero
  • 18Lampard
  • 35Jovetic
  • 38Boyata
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
18,005

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home17
Away24
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Manchester City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Manchester City 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Joey Barton.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eduardo Vargas with a cross following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Eliaquim Mangala.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Frank Lampard (Manchester City).

  9. Post update

    Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Manchester City 2. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yaya Touré with a through ball.

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Bacary Sagna following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Joey Barton.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bacary Sagna.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Milner (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eduardo Vargas (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Yun Suk-Young with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Martín Demichelis (Manchester City).