PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Manchester City v QPR – as it happens from the Etihad Stadium
17:09 GMT, 1 September 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Manchester City host QPR to conclude Saturday's action.The fixture is a rematch of the final game from last season where City secured the title in the last minute. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
Manchester City 1-0 QPR (5.30pm)
Click here for the live goals as they go in
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany,
Lescott, Kolarov, Silva, Toure, Rodwell, Nasri, Tevez, Dzeko.
Pantilimon, Milner, Sinclair, Clichy, Toure, Balotelli, Razak.
Goals: Yaya Toure 15.
QPR: Green, Bosingwa, Ferdinand,
Nelsen, Da Silva, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Park, Faurlin, Zamora,
Subs: Murphy, Derry, Cisse, Mackie, Onuoha, Dyer, Hoilett.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
37min: QPR are just starting to find some confidence now as they begin to string passes in the City half. However, most of the time it leads to a counter from Mancini's side.
34min: From that punch, City counter. Kolarov's excellent switched pass picks out Silva, but the Spaniard's eventual shot is blocked.
33min: Wait, we have a QPR attack. The Hoops win a free-kick on the left flank but Esteban Granero's cross is punched away from the forehead of Ryan Nelsen by Joe Hart.
30min: Mark Hughes looks utterly bewildered about his side's first half-hour.
The Welshman is telling QPR to push up with the ball…but they need to get it first.
27min: More City chances as Green reacts well to palm away Silva's drive after the Spaniard stole the ball from Anton Ferdinand inside the box.
24min: City have had 70 per cent of the ball and that's surprising as I thought it would be more around 80! QPR just cannot get a hold of the ball.
21min: Nearly two for City, but after storming down the left, Aleksandar Kolarov's cross is cut out by the QPR defence.
18min: This is one of the most one-sided openings to a game I have seen in recent times as David Silva wastes a promising free-kick for Manchester City by over hitting his cross wide.
15min: GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 QPR
Relentless pressure from the hosts finally pays off as the Hoops fail to clear another corner and Yaya Toure smashes home from inside the box.
14min: Nearly a bizarre own goal as Jack Rodwell's attempted tackle from 45 yards out nearly ends up lobbing Joe Hart as it just clears the crossbar. Think Jason Cundy for Tottenham against Ipswich around 20 years ago.
Hands off: Manchester City's Carlos Tevez (right) attempts to take on QPR's Anton Ferdinand
12min: Off the line! Fabio Da Silva slides to clear a goal bound effort before Toure's follow up is blocked behind. Corner number five is headed over the bar. Relentless opening from City in what is a slightly subdued atmosphere.
11min: Excellent defending from QPR so far, but this City goal is coming as Ryan Nelsen clears behind for a corner.
9min: City win their third corner of the match and nearly score from this one too.
After going short, David Silva chips a ball to the back post where Yaya Toure's headed effort back across goal is plucked out of the air by Robert Green.
6min: First opportunity as expected falls to City, as Edin Dzeko heads wide Samir Nasri's corner.
3min: All the play has been in QPR's half so far – no chances yet though.
Kick-off: Away we go then.
17.27: The players are out under glorious evening sunshine in Manchester.
17.23: There is a chance we could get said drama too. There has been at least four goals in Manchester City's last four games and it's not just against the big boys.
Southampton of course went to the Etihad Stadium on the opening day to take the lead before going down 3-2.
Madrid spy: Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was in attendance at the Etihad Stadium
17.18: Robert Green starts what could be his last match as QPR's first-choice goalkeeper as the Londoners visit Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City.
The 32-year-old, who also lost his place in the England squad this week, only joined the club in the summer but now faces an uncertain future following this week's capture of Julio Cesar from Inter Milan.
Winless Rangers make six changes from last week's draw with Norwich and hands a debut to midfielder Esteban Granero, signed this week from Real Madrid.
City named new signing Scott Sinclair on the bench while Joleon Lescott, Jack Rodwell, David Silva and Edin Dzeko return. Mario Balotelli is on the bench despite reports he needs eye surgery.
17.15: Full line-ups from the Etihad Stadium:
Man City v QPR
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Silva, Toure, Rodwell, Nasri, Tevez, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Milner, Sinclair, Clichy, Toure, Balotelli, Razak.
QPR: Green, Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Da Silva, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Park, Faurlin, Zamora, Johnson. Subs: Murphy, Derry, Cisse, Mackie, Onuoha, Dyer, Hoilett.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
17.10: Well who could forget this game on the final day of last season Never mind the fact it crowned Manchester City as champions, QPR also managed to survive relegation.
But forget the consequences for now, what a game it was! A 3-2 win for Roberto Mancini's side was how it finished and if we have drama similar to that again today, I will be a happy man. Team news coming up.
Recreating a classic: Manchester City host QPR in a rematch from the final day of last season