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Didier Drogba turns down Chelsea return to sign for Galatasaray

EXCLUSIVE: Drogba turns down stunning offer to REJOIN Chelsea as under-fire Abramovich tries to win back the fans

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

16:44 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

07:52 GMT, 28 January 2013

Didier Drogba will turn down a sensational approach to return to Chelsea and sign an 18-month contract with Galatasaray.

Sportsmail can reveal that Roman Abramovich gave the go-ahead last week to offer Drogba a deal until the end of the season, with an option for a further year.

Incredibly the talks were so far advanced that Chelsea were convinced that the man who delivered the European Cup last season was on the brink of signing before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract

Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract

Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract

Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract

It also appears that after unexpectedly re-signing Ashley Cole on a one-year deal last week, Chelsea are embarking on a major charm offensive supporters.

They were furious with Rafa Benitez yesterday as they drew 2-2 in the FA Cup at League One side Brentford at Griffin Park and chanted ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’.

Terms on the deal had been offered to Drogba — who joined Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in May — and there was a huge emotional pull to return to Stamford Bridge.

Struggles: Drogba failed to settle in China with Shanghai Shenhua

Struggles: Drogba failed to settle in China with Shanghai Shenhua

Champions League trophy: Didier Drogba sits on the pitch with the trophy

Champions League trophy: Didier Drogba sits on the pitch with the trophy

He won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and his Chelsea career ended with that glorious finale against Bayern Munich in the Allianz-Arena in May last year.

Chelsea offered him a year’s extension on reduced terms at the time, but Drogba, 34, decided to quit after lifting the Champions League.

helsea have been struggling without him this season and Fernando Torres, who scored yesterday, is still struggling for form.

Drogba, whose family still live in Surrey and whose children attend Chelsea’s academy, has been training with his old team-mates ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations and they initially began teasing him that he wanted to return.

Big spenders: Galatasaray also snapped up Dutchman Wesley Sneijder (right)

Big spenders: Galatasaray also snapped up Dutchman Wesley Sneijder (right)

Despite the temptation to relive the glory years with his former team-mates, he will guarantee Champions League football by signing for Galatasaray.

The big-spending Turkish side, who recruited former Champions League winner Wesley Sneijder last week, expect to announce the deal for Drogba this week.

Galatasary face Schalke in the European Cup next month and the lure of playing in the competition he won last season proved too much.

F1 news: Timo Glock axed by Marussia

Glock shock! Marussia dump driver to leave rookie Chilton waiting for new team-mate

By
Phil Duncan

PUBLISHED:

12:31 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:22 GMT, 21 January 2013

British Formula One rookie Max Chilton is on the lookout for a new team-mate after Timo Glock was surprisingly dumped by Marussia.

Reports gathered on Sunday evening that Glock, who has raced for Maurssia since the team made their debut in 2010, would leave.

And the news was confirmed today with the F1 team citing ‘commercial’ considerations behind their decision.

Your Timo's up: Glock has been axed by Marussia ahead of the new 2013 F1 season

Your Timo's up: Glock has been axed by Marussia ahead of the new 2013 F1 season

‘Timo is a fantastic driver and he has been a very popular member of the team,’ said Marussia chief John Booth.

‘Our team was founded on the principle of benefiting from proven experience while also providing opportunities for young emerging talent to progress to the pinnacle of motorsport.

‘Thus far, this philosophy has also been reflected in our commercial model.

‘And the ongoing challenges facing the industry mean that was have had to take steps to secure our long-term future.’

In a spin: Rookie Brit driver Max Chilton will be looking for a new team-mate after the German (right) was let go

In a spin: Rookie Brit driver Max Chilton will be looking for a new team-mate after the German (right) was let go

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Glock, who made his debut for Jordan in 2004 before spending two seasons at Toyota, wanted a bigger salary but Maurssia need a driver who can bring sponsorship to the cash-strapped team.

The British-based team suffered a hefty financial blow after conceding 10th place to Caterham in the closing stages of the season-finale in Brazil last year.

Bruno Senna, who was dropped by Williams, and Red Bull reserve driver Sebastien Buemi, are among the early favourites to replace Glock.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton will have a new boss at Mercedes next season after Williams shareholder Totto Wolff joined the team as an executive director.

The 41-year-old Austrian replaces Hamilton’s close ally Norbert Haug who left at the end of last season.

Starting out: Britain's Max Chilton will join the grid for the first time this season

Starting out: Britain's Max Chilton will join the grid for the first time this season

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton will have a new boss at Mercedes next season after Williams shareholder Toto Wolff joined the team as an executive director.

The 41-year-old Austrian replaces Hamilton's close ally Norbert Haug who left at the end of last season.

Rio Ferdinand, Robin van Persie, Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott at X-Factor final

Rio's got the X-Factor! Ferdinand sports cut eyebrow as host of footballers attend talent show finale in Manchester

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13:33 GMT, 10 December 2012

You wouldn't blame Rio Ferdinand for wanting to let his hair down in the wake of the tempestuous Manchester derby which ended with him sporting a nasty cut above his eye.

The Manchester United defender joined a number of team-mates at the X-Factor final along with 10,000 fans at Manchester Central for the grand finale of the talent show on Sunday evening.

Hart of the matter: The Man City keeper and United striker watched the final together

Hart of the matter: The Man City keeper and United striker watched the final together

All right on the night: Ferdinand and Hart arrived, just hours after the dramatic conclusion of thr Manchester derby

All right on the night: Ferdinand and Hart arrived, just hours after the dramatic conclusion of thr Manchester derby

All right on the night: Ferdinand and Hart arrived, just hours after the dramatic conclusion of the derby

Flashpoint: Hart intervenes as a City supporter approaches Ferdinand

Flashpoint: Hart intervenes as a City supporter approaches Ferdinand

Ferdinand bore the scars the thrilling encounter at the Etihad Stadium which was marred by a fan throwing a coin at Ferdinand which struck him just above the eye which left a painful scar.

And City goalkeeper Joe Hart had to
intervene after one supporter ran on to the pitch to confront Ferdinand
in the wake of Robin van Persie's late winner sealed a remarkable
afternoon in the Barclays Premier League.

City slickers: Lescott and Barry were also in attendance at the events in Manchester

City slickers: Lescott and Barry were also in attendance at the events in Manchester

City slickers: Lescott and Barry were also in attendance at the events in Manchester

But he looked relaxed and calm as he
posed for photographs with fans and was happy to smile and chat with
other celebs as arrived.

Stars from both Manchester clubs were in
attendance with Jonny Evans, Tom Cleverley, Ferdico Macheda, Joe Hart,
Joleon Lecott and Van Persie being snapped leaving the event.

All smiles: Van Persie made an appearance, as did Tom Cleverley with his better half

All smiles: Van Persie made an appearance, as did Tom Cleverley with his better half Georgina Dorsett

All smiles: Van Persie made an appearance, as did Tom Cleverley with his better half Georgina Dorsett

David Beckham pledges to continue MLS link after bowing out with LA Galaxy in style

Beckham pledges to continue MLS link after bowing out with LA Galaxy in style

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01:46 GMT, 2 December 2012

David Beckham insists his personal involvement with Major League Soccer is not over after ending his five-year stay in the United States in style.

The former England captain bowed out after five years with the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS Cup final, with his side seeing off the Houston Dynamo 3-1 to take the trophy for the second year in a row.

Fond farewell: David Beckham's American odyssey ended with silverware

Fond farewell: David Beckham's American odyssey ended with silverware

It was a triumphant finale to 37-year-old Beckham's American odyssey, though when he made the move from Real Madrid in 2007 he had claimed he was partly motivated by the chance to promote his sport in the USA.

He has yet to reveal where he will play next, though he has no shortage of lucrative offers awaiting his attention. But regardless of his destination, he claims the MLS will remain important to him.

'This is very special for us. To win at our own home is fantastic,' he said.

Glory boys: Beckham and Robbie Keane lift the MLS Cup

Glory boys: Beckham and Robbie Keane lift the MLS Cup

'I always said I was going to stick by it. When I'm committed to something I'm committed to the end.

'It's sad that it is the end; this has been a special place for me and continues to be special to me.

'I'm happy to have been part of this for nearly six years and to have been successful with this club for four years.

'I'm going to continue my commitment to this league, this country and this sport. My commitment stays the same to growing this league and growing the sport in this country.'

Party time: Beckham and his tam-mates begin the celebrations

Party time: Beckham and his tam-mates begin the celebrations

Asked where he would be playing next, Beckham responded by playing to the fans in California's Home Deport Center.

'I have no idea, what's more important is that I'm happy I'm wearing this (Galaxy) uniform today.'

Sebastian Vettel could lose title

Vettel could be stripped of title as Ferrari consider appeal over alleged illegal move

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UPDATED:

22:58 GMT, 28 November 2012

Sebastian Vettel's world title could be in serious jeopardy after it emerged Ferrari are considering lodging an appeal with the FIA over an illegal overtaking manoeuvre by the Red Bull driver during Sunday's chaotic season ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

Footage circulating on YouTube appears to show triple drivers' champion Vettel overtaking Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne under yellow flag conditions in the early laps of the rain affected race at Interlagos.

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Champion: Sebastian Vettel won the title in Brazil last weekend

Champion: Sebastian Vettel won the title in Brazil last weekend

Overtaking is outlawed under such a
caution by race stewards and usually results in the guilty party being
handed a drive-through penalty during the race. However, in cases where
the infringement is not spotted prior to the chequered flag, the
customary punishment is 20 second penalty handed out retrospectively.

Vettel finished sixth in the race while Ferrari's Fernando Alonso came home in second meaning he was beaten to the drivers' title by just three points by his Red Bull rival.

However, should Ferrari choose to lodge an appeal against the result with motorsport's world governing body, they have until Friday to do so, then Vettel could be demoted to eighth place if a time penalty is applied.

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Such a dramatic outcome would see
Alonso crowned champion for a third time by a solitary point. Vettel
staged a remarkable recovery to take the crown in the spectacular season
finale after a first lap collision with Bruno Senna left him dead last.

Suspicions of illegality in passing moves on an HRT backmarker and Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber proved unfounded but it is the footage of Vettel's move on Vergne, who drives for Red Bull's sister team, which is being forensically examined by Ferrari's top brass who spent Wednesday afternoon lock in talks at their Maranello headquarters.

A Ferrari spokesman would only confirm that: 'Anything that threatens the credibility of the championship has to be examined.'

Speaking
after clinching the drivers' championship for third time in successive
years, Vettel spoke out about the 'dirty tricks' Red Bull's competitors
had used to derail his title charge.

Gutted: Fernando Alonso (left) missed out on the title to Vettel

Gutted: Fernando Alonso (left) missed out on the title to Vettel

The remark was taken by most observers to be in reference to Ferrari's decision to sabotage Felipe Massa's gearbox at the penultimate race in Austin in order to boost teammate Alonso's grid position.

In addition, Red Bull have had to alter their car on numerous occasions this season after complaints by rival teams regarding the legality of their 2012 challenger's design.

Meanwhile, Alonso tweeted after the race seemingly questioning the manner of Vettel's comeback in Brazil, posting: 'I have no miracles, I make the correct laws my miracles.'

Rory McIlroy"s year to remember has just one major blip – Derek Lawrenson

McIlroy's year to remember has just one major blip

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 19 November 2012

The fact he will be receiving end-of-season awards left, right and centre says everything about Rory McIlroy's wonderful campaign. But, on the eve of the grand finale at the Dubai World Championship, does his stellar year rank as the best ever by a European golfer

It is certainly right up there. It is better than any managed by Colin Montgomerie, for example, and he won eight orders of merit. Better than any mustered by Lee Westwood, and he won six tournaments in 2000.

Not even some of the greats of the past could claim a season like Rory's. A major, and finishing No 1 on both sides of the Atlantic Bernhard Langer never had a season like that. Neither did Ian Woosnam, during some admittedly great years from 1987 to 1991.

Year of years: Rory McIlroy has tasted success on both sides of the Atlantic in 2012

Year of years: Rory McIlroy has tasted success on both sides of the Atlantic in 2012

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What about the outgoing Ryder Cup captain, Jose Maria Olazabal In 1994 he won the Masters, Europe's flagship event at Wentworth, and ran away with the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone. But better than a major, two money list titles plus a couple of other big wins

Let's salute Sandy Lyle and what he achieved in 1988. Three wins in America, including the Masters, and two big wins in Europe at the British Masters and the World Match Play Championship. But does fifth on the European order of merit and seventh in America stand muster against numero uno on both tours

Then there's Seve. In 1983 he won the Masters plus regular tournament victories on three different continents. It was the year he first starred in the Ryder Cup. But his annus mirabilus still ranks a hair's breath below a year McIlroy started by becoming world No 1 at the age of just 22 and finished head and shoulders above the No 2, Luke Donald.

So to the top three. We've got Rory. We've got Sir Nick Faldo in 1990. And we've got Padraig Harrington in 2008. In terms of consistency, it isn't a contest. Faldo only managed half a dozen top 10s all year in 1990; McIlroy had 10 in America alone. In 2008, Harrington had only two top 10s in 14 starts in Europe; McIlroy had more than that by March.

But it isn't just about consistency at their level, is it If you asked McIlroy would he swap his season for either of the other two contenders, he'd snap your hand off. That, of course, is because they each won two majors during their year of years, with Faldo winning the Masters and the Open, and Harrington the Open and the PGA.

Trip down memory lane: Faldo finished third in the US Open in 1990, and won in Hong Kong

Trip down Memory Lane: Faldo won the Masters and the Open in 1990

Third on the list of all-time great seasons for McIlroy, then, with the exciting thought there is room for improvement. What about that stodgy middle when he was distracted, and how much better will he be when he trims his schedule from 26 events to a more manageable 22 My hunch is he might have three of the top five all-time great seasons by the time he is through.

As for the current top two, let's give the nod to Sir Nick, who also finished third in the US Open in 1990, and won in Hong Kong.

Westwood taking American Dream seriously

No-one can say there's anything half-hearted about Lee Westwood's impending move to America. He will leave these shores in the middle of next month to defend the Thailand Open. The next time he will touch down on British soil will be the middle of May.

On the move: Westwood won't touch down in Britain until the middle of May

On the move: Westwood won't touch down in Britain until the middle of May

Quote of the Week

'Today was the difference between going back to the Challenge Tour or staying on the European Tour and it was probably the most stressful day of my life. But to pull it off and stay on the main tour, it feels better than a win.'

Highly-rated Englishman Tommy Fleetwood might not have fulfilled his promise this year but the gutsy manner in which he kept his card in South Africa on Sunday suggests that the man who was my 'one to watch' this season really will be worth keeping an eye on in 2013.

Henrik proves class is permanent

Not a great weekend for the doomsayers who think the European Tour is a busted flush. One week after a victory for 19 year old Matteo Manassero, Miguel Angel Jimenez, who is almost 30 years his senior, won in Hong Kong to become the oldest winner. Then there was a win in South Africa for another of the tour's great characters, Henrik Stenson.

Success: Henrik Stenson won in South Africa

Success: Henrik Stenson won in South Africa

Not too many come back from completely misplacing their muse, in the manner that Lee Westwood did, or Paul Lawrie. But Stenson is well on his way to completing his second comeback from the dead.

The first time he went from almost literally not being able to keep the ball on a golf course to the world's top five. This time, he's fighting back after losing millions in the Allen Stanford financial scandal. Last year he played more than a dozen events on each of the two main tours and managed just one top-10 finish. Now he's got his first win in over three years.

His career might be the embodiment of that time-honoured saying: form is temporary but class is permanent.

Jorge Lorenzo blames James Ellison for spectacular crash

Lorenzo blames Brit Ellison for spectacular crash in final race of MotoGP season

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UPDATED:

11:33 GMT, 12 November 2012

Jorge Lorenzo has laid the blame for his spectacular crash in the MotoGP season finale firmly on James Ellison.

Lorenzo had already sewn up the title a fortnight ago at Phillip Island before his stunning dismount in Valencia.

The Spaniard was making his way through some back markers with 17 laps to go when he was forced to take evasive action behind Ellison.

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Lift off! Lorenzo is forced off his bike with Ellison just in front of him

Lift off! Lorenzo is forced off his bike with Ellison just in front of him

Lift off! Lorenzo is forced off his bike with Ellison just in front of him

His bike bucked beneath him and sent him sprawling onto the track, before dusting himself down and pointing the finger of blame squarely at the 32-year-old British rider.

'I arrived into a group of riders and came to Ellison, who looked behind, saw me and then suddenly entered the good line rather than letting me pass,' Lorenzo told the official MotoGP website.

'That’s why I crashed. I tried to overtake him (so as) not to lose time to Dani, but we got on the wet Tarmac and crashed.'

Lorenzo admitted he was disappointed not
to end a triumphant campaign with victory, but said a second crown
easily outweighed the upset.

On the slide: Lorenzo careers across the tarmac and finally comes to a halt in the gravel

On the slide: Lorenzo careers across the tarmac and finally comes to a halt in the gravel

On the slide: Lorenzo careers across the tarmac and finally comes to a halt in the gravel

'The most important thing is we are world champion, no If we arrive here without that, I crash and lose it would be much worse.

'It was a pity – I made the tough choice of starting with the slick tyre, I was doing well and leading, and I wanted to win the last race.

'But I can take a global view and it’s wonderful to be twice world champion.

'We took the gold medal, so let's party tonight – only one leg because I have pain, but it doesn't matter. We are very happy and proud of our championship.'

VIDEO: Lorenzo is thrown from his bike in spectacular crash

Frankel has been my inspiration, says Sir Henry Cecil

Frankel has been my inspiration, says Cecil as grand Ascot finale approaches

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22:26 GMT, 18 October 2012

Sir Henry Cecil says that Frankel had inspired him in his battle against cancer as he backed his unbeaten colt to cope with conditions in Saturday's Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot.

The world's best colt has five rivals headed by 2011 winner Cirrus Des Aigles and John Gosden's Nathaniel but of more concern is the ground described as 'very soft' on Thursday after five millimetres of rain overnight.

Grounds for concern: Cecils main worry for Frankel is the testing going

Grounds for concern: Cecils main worry for Frankel is the testing going

Legend: Frankel getting ready for his final race at Newmarket last month

Legend: Frankel getting ready for his final race at Newmarket last month

With up to eight millimetres further rain possible on Thursday night, Frankel will race on the most testing ground he has ever encountered in his 14th and final run.

Cecil said: 'He has been an inspiration and challenge which I needed so badly. Through my illness, I feel that the help from my wife Jane and the determination
to be there for Frankel has helped me so much to get through the season.

'I was very pleased with Frankel's final piece of work. He gives the impression that he is better than ever and still improving.

Golden memories: Sir Henry Cecil, Tom Queally and Frankel after victory in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket last year

Golden memories: Sir Henry Cecil, Tom Queally and Frankel after victory in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket last year

'I am pretty confident he will be fine in soft ground but if it's heavy we are in no-man's land. He has never encountered it and, with his action and turn of foot, I cannot be sure he would appreciate it.'

Frankel's jockey Tom Queally is taking heart from Frankel's debut back in August 2010 on ground officially termed soft. He said: 'I was quite taken with his debut when he handled conditions and I was able to bring him up through the gears. It is not an easy thing to do in slow conditions.'

The rain has emboldened punters to take on 1-6 Frankel for the first time this season with Coral reporting support for 4-1 chance Cirrus Des Aigles.

One of the greatest: Frankel on the way to victory in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot in 2010

One of the greatest: Frankel on the way to victory in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot in 2010

However, Nathaniel's jockey William Buick, whose mounts also include Gosden's Great Heavens making a quick reappearance in the Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes after her Arc sixth, remains realistic about his prospects.

Buick said: 'Frankel's unbeatable. On Saturday he'll do what he's always been doing and win and win well. Deep down, I hope he does. Obviously, I am there to try to win but Frankie (Dettori) said to me last night, “Get real.
It's not going to happen”.'

Dettori rides German Derby winner Pastorius with the field completed by Master of Hounds and Frankel's pacemaker Bullet Train.

Manchester City star Micah Richards to return in two weeks" time

Boost for City boss Mancini as Richards reveals he will return in two weeks' time

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13:28 GMT, 13 September 2012

Micah Richards has revealed he should be back playing in a fortnight.

The 24-year-old has been out of action since sustaining an ankle injury while playing for Britain at the London Olympics, but he says things are looking good.

'It’s probably going to take about two more weeks,' Richards said.

Injury: Micah Richards is carried off the pitch during Britain's match with South Korea at the London Olympics

Injury: Micah Richards is carried off the pitch during Britain's match with South Korea at the London Olympics

'I’m happy with the progress we’ve made so far because it was quite a bad one, but I can’t wait to just get back in among the squad. I have loads of positive messages from fans and I am grateful for that.

'I’ve got so much respect for the supporters for always getting behind me. I’ve been here since I was 14, this will be my eighth season in the Premier League and they’ve supported me all the way, through the good times and bad.'

After such a memorable finale last season, when City beat their local rivals United to the Premier League title, Richards admitted that missing the opening to this campaign has been tough.

'Winning the league was an amazing
time for everyone involved at the club I guess it wasn’t meant to be for
me at the start of the season. I suppose it’s part and parcel of
football, you know, injuries come with it.

'I
think you just have to take it on the chin and get on with it really.
It was hard, having been at the Olympics and then having to miss the
first four or five games – it has not been easy.

'It’s especially hard when you know there are more players coming in and there’s more competition.'

Itching for a return: Richards expects to return in two weeks' time

Itching for a return: Richards expects to return in two weeks' time

Manchester City 3 QPR 1: Match report

Manchester City 3 QPR 1: Dzeko and Tevez save City's blushes as champions edge past R's

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18:51 GMT, 1 September 2012

Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez struck as a dominant but wasteful Manchester City narrowly saw off QPR at the Etihad Stadium once again.

Sixteen weeks after the dramatic season finale that saw City crowned Barclays Premier League champions at the same ground, the hosts survived another scare against the side managed by their former boss, Mark Hughes.

Despite creating a multitude of chances, City needed a quick response from Dzeko after Bobby Zamora cancelled out Toure's effort but Tevez made the scoreline more convincing in injury time.

Going ahead: Manchester City's Yaya Toure scored for City in the first half

Going ahead: Manchester City's Yaya Toure scored for City in the first half

MATCH FACTS:

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta (Toure 74), Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Silva (Milner 81), Toure, Rodwell, Nasri (Razak 89), Tevez, Dzeko.
Subs Not Used: Pantilimon, Sinclair, Clichy, Balotelli.

Booked: Kolarov, Rodwell.

Goals: Toure 16, Dzeko 61, Tevez 90.

QPR: Green, Bosingwa, Ferdinand (Onuoha 67), Nelsen, Da Silva, Wright-Phillips, Granero (Cisse 85), Park, Faurlin (Dyer 72), Zamora, Johnson.

Subs Not Used: Murphy, Derry, Mackie, Hoilett.

Booked: Zamora.

Goals: Zamora 59.

Referee: Chris Foy

Apart from QPR's recovery after falling behind, the match had little in common with that in May.

The visitors were hardly a factor for long spells and only three of their starting line-up were in the team that memorable afternoon.

Their changes included a debut for new signing Esteban Granero while goalkeeper Robert Green, dropped from the England squad this week, started what could be his last match as first choice.

The 32-year-old only joined the club in the summer but now faces an uncertain future following this week's capture of Julio Cesar from Inter Milan.

Scott Sinclair was the only one of City's five deadline day signings to make their squad but did not get off the bench.

City, watched by Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho ahead of their Champions League meeting, soon established control with Toure bossing the midfield.

QPR survived a scare in the first minute when Dzeko, starting for the first time this season, glanced a header wide from a corner.

Fairing home: Toure gets the ball past Rob Green through a crowded penalty area

Fairing home: Toure gets the ball past Rob Green through a crowded penalty area

The Bosnian went even closer as he was first to meet another corner but this time Fabio da Silva, on loan from Manchester United, did well to hack off the line.

Toure powered in on the rebound but this time former City playmaker Shaun Wright-Phillips blocked.

The City pressure continued as Rangers were starved of possession and an Aleksandar Kolarov cross almost fell for Jack Rodwell after a touch from Tevez.

QPR's first opportunity came from a City mistake as Rodwell overhit a backpass and the ball dropped over his own bar for a corner. The visitors were unable to capitalise.

Ouch! Pablo Zabaleta challenges Queens Park Rangers' Park Ji-Sung

Ouch! Pablo Zabaleta challenges Queens Park Rangers' Park Ji-Sung

It seemed inevitable City would take the lead and their opener came in the 16th minute as Tevez saw an effort blocked from yet another corner but Toure followed up to thump home.

Green got a hand to it but could do little on what was shaping up to be a difficult afternoon for him.

Former Real Madrid man Granero had QPR's first shot when he found space outside the area but Joe Hart was not troubled.

David Silva tricked his way into the QPR box and dug the ball out from under his feet to force Green to save and Samir Nasri was unable to follow up.

Free header: Bobby Zamora heads QPR level

Free header: Bobby Zamora heads QPR level

Silva spurned another opportunity when he was played through by a superb long ball from Kolarov. The Spaniard failed to get away a shot quick enough and Fabio produced another timely block.

Tevez fired over as City continued to power forward and Rodwell wasted an opening when he opted to pass instead of shoot.

QPR's opportunities were limited but Granero looked composed when allowed time on the ball but missed the target with another attempt.

Jumping for joy: Andy Johnson celebrates with Zamora after his goal

Jumping for joy: Andy Johnson celebrates with Zamora after his goal

Take that! Zamora celebrates his goal in front of the QPR fans

Take that! Zamora celebrates his goal in front of the QPR fans

City returned for the second half with much the same approach as the first and threatened a second straight from the restart as Tevez drilled an awkward shot at Green.

The tireless Pablo Zabaleta, probably knowing new signing Maicon might be after his place, went even closer as he took a fine pass from Silva and curled an effort onto the bar.

Yet as much as they were dominant, recent history threatened to repeat itself as QPR levelled against the run of play just before the hour.

Winner: Edin Dzeko celebrates scoring his side's winning goal

Winner: Edin Dzeko celebrates scoring his side's winning goal

Andrew Johnson stole possession outside the area and forced a good save from Hart with a deflected shot. Hart could not recover his footing quick enough to regather and Zamora stole in to head home.

Yet in contrast to last May, City began their reply earlier and without falling behind.

They swiftly moved back up the field and Tevez did well to keep the ball in play and cross for Dzeko to head home at close range.

It should have been the sign for City to wrap up the game but despite continuing to carve out chances – Dzeko twice shooting only to be flagged offside – it remained a slender lead.

Making sure: Carlos Tevez celebrates his goal in stoppage time

Making sure: Carlos Tevez celebrates his goal in stoppage time

There were definite signs of nerves when Granero whipped in a free-kick and Ryan Nelsen narrowly failed to touch in at the far post.

City wrapped up the job in injury time as Tevez, moving back into an onside position, diverted the ball home from Dzeko's shot.

After apparently being told off for lifting his shirt in recent weeks, he kept it down this time.