QPR 0-2 Man Utd- Match Report
Report of match 23rd February 2013
QPR 0-2 Man Utd- Match Report.
Rafael stunner piles on misery for QPR
Rafael's exquisite strike helped Manchester United stay on course for the Barclays Premier League title as embattled QPR's survival hopes took another blow after a 2-0 defeat.
The Brazilian right-back's first-half effort set Sir Alex Ferguson's on course for a victory, which was wrapped up 10 minutes from time by veteran Ryan Giggs.
Only an unparalleled meltdown will now stop United winning a 20th league crown, while only the greatest of escapes will see QPR stave off relegation.
Harry Redknapp's side are still seven points adrift of safety but have only 11 matches remaining, with the twin brother of QPR loanee Fabio doing a lot of the damage.
While the R's full-back was ineligible to face his parent club, Rafael put in a fine performance in west London and rifled home from distance in the 23rd minute.
Giggs made sure of a victory that was never really in doubt late on at Loftus Road, where the only blot on a perfect afternoon for United was a knock to Robin van Persie.
Proceedings got off to a slow start in west London, where it took 13 minutes for the first chance of note to be created.
After being caught on the edge of the box by Jose Bosingwa - making his first appearance since December 8 - Nani connected with the resulting free-kick, only to see his flicked header go wide.
Adel Taarabt fired a low shot just wide of David de Gea's near post soon after but United were in control.
Julio Cesar had to be alert to tip a goalbound Javier Hernandez effort over the bar, with the Mexican meeting a Ashley Young cross with a superb improvised header.
Stephane Mbia soon gifted United another chance. The midfielder was dispossessed on the right flank by Nani, whose driven cross just evaded Hernandez.
United did not have to wait long for the opener, though, with Rafael thumping home in style after 23 minutes.
Taarabt lost possession in his own half and play developed down the right, allowing Van Persie to wriggle free and hit a cross. Cesar parried the acute drive but the ball fell kindly for Rafael, who hammered a 25-yard strike into the top corner.
Jamie Mackie and Andros Townsend blazed over as QPR attempted to draw parity before Taarabt struck tamely wide when a wide ball to Townsend would have been wiser.
When the Tottenham loanee did get the ball moments later, his long-range effort forced a corner from which Christopher Samba saw a header cleared off the line by Rafael.
The right-back, playing superbly in Shepherds Bush, then helped United counter, sending a fine ball over the top to Van Persie, who saw a brilliant left-footed volley denied in equally impressive fashion by Cesar.
It was the Netherlands international's last contribution before he was replaced by Danny Welbeck, having appeared to pick up a hip complaint earlier in the half.
Despite his exit, United continued to dominate and almost immediately doubled their advantage as Giggs swung in a free-kick for the unmarked Nemanja Vidic to flash a header inches wide.
It was the last moment of note in the first period, which ended with Bobby Zamora, managing a long-term hip injury, pulling up.
The former Fulham striker managed to return for the second half unlike Esteban Granero, who was replaced by Jermaine Jenas after picking up a knock.
United continued strongly after the break but QPR were putting up more of a fight, with Taarabt seeing penalty appeals waved away.
The visitors were still threatening, though, and Hernandez saw an effort saved easily by Cesar before he was replaced by Wayne Rooney, who has been suffering with a sinus problem this week.
QPR also made a change in the 61st minute, with Zamora limping off to be replaced by Loic Remy - a change that almost paid dividends straight away.
The January signing made himself space in the box to unleash a well-struck effort that De Gea head to be alert to stop, with Samba heading wide from the following corner.
United soon settled, though, and QPR captain Clint Hill did well to block a close-range strike by substitute Rooney, before Jenas put in an equally-impressively challenge to deny Welbeck.
The visitors did grab a second goal 10 minutes from time as Nani played a cute ball through to Giggs, whose strike from an acute angle beat Cesar to send the 3,081 visiting supporters into raptures.
Giggs saw a looped strike rattle the crossbar and a Samba header brushed the post late on but there was to be no more goals despite the best efforts of both sides.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Loftus Road Attendance: 18,337|
||0 - 2||Man. Utd.
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|88||David Hoilett fouled by Rafael Da Silva, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is sent over by Adel Taarabt, Christopher Samba produces a header from close range which bounces off the post.|
|87||Shot by Adel Taarabt from 25 yards. Blocked by Michael Carrick.|
|85||Unfair challenge on Armand Traore by Antonio Valencia results in a free kick. Clint Hill restarts play with the free kick.|
|83||Shot from just outside the area by Wayne Rooney misses to the right of the target.|
|81||Shot from 18 yards from Ryan Giggs. Effort from deep inside the area by Luis Nani clears the bar.|
|80||Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs to the near post, clearance by Clint Hill.|
|79||Ryan Giggs finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. QPR 0-2 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani.|
|75||Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.|
|71||(QPR) makes a substitution, with David Hoilett coming on for Andros Townsend.|
|70||Adel Taarabt is ruled offside. David De Gea restarts play with the free kick.|
|69||Christopher Samba challenges Wayne Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rio Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.|
|68||Foul by Danny Welbeck on Jermaine Jenas, free kick awarded. Clint Hill takes the direct free kick.|
|66||(Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Antonio Valencia coming on for Ashley Young.|
|63||Corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the left by-line, Close range header by Christopher Samba misses to the right of the goal.|
|63||Loic Remy takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.|
|61||Clint Hill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck. Rio Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.|
|60||Loic Remy replaces Bobby Zamora.|
|55||Foul by Clint Hill on Rafael Da Silva, free kick awarded. Ryan Giggs delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.|
|53||Clint Hill challenges Danny Welbeck unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.|
|51||Ashley Young takes a shot. Rio Ferdinand gets a block in.|
|51||Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Soares Julio Cesar.|
|49||Foul by Jose Bosingwa on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.|
|46||Luis Nani takes a shot. Save made by Soares Julio Cesar.|
|45||Esteban Granero leaves the field to be replaced by Jermaine Jenas.|
|41||Stephane Mbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Welbeck. Ryan Giggs takes the direct free kick.|
|39||Clint Hill challenges Javier Hernandez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robin van Persie goes off and Danny Welbeck comes on.|
|35||Shot from 12 yards by Robin van Persie. Save made by Soares Julio Cesar. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line.|
|34||Andros Townsend has an effort at goal. Rafael Da Silva gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Esteban Granero, Christopher Samba takes a shot. Blocked by Rafael Da Silva.|
|33||Effort from outside the penalty box by Adel Taarabt goes wide right of the target.|
|32||Effort on goal by Andros Townsend from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.|
|30||Ryan Giggs challenges Christopher Samba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephane Mbia.|
|29||Ashley Young takes a corner.|
|27||Shot from just outside the area by Jamie Mackie misses to the right of the target.|
|22||Rafael Da Silva scores a goal from outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. QPR 0-1 Man Utd.Assist on the goal came from Robin van Persie.|
|21||Unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic by Bobby Zamora results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David De Gea.|
|21||Esteban Granero has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.|
|20||The assistant referee signals for offside against Javier Hernandez. Soares Julio Cesar takes the free kick.|
|16||Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Armand Traore makes a clearance.|
|15||Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Soares Julio Cesar.|
|15||Adel Taarabt has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.|
|12||Bobby Zamora challenges Michael Carrick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nemanja Vidic takes the direct free kick.|
|11||Foul by Jose Bosingwa on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. The ball is swung over by Ashley Young, Header from close range by Luis Nani misses to the right of the target.|
|7||Robin van Persie is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Soares Julio Cesar.|
|6||Unfair challenge on Jose Bosingwa by Javier Hernandez results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.|
|5||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora by Nemanja Vidic. Esteban Granero delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Ryan Giggs.|