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Former Liverpool defender Djimi Traore of comic own goal fame hits wonder strike

Djimi Traore once scored a comedy Liverpool own goal, but now he's struck a superb effort (and it went in at the right end!)

By
Gerard Brand

PUBLISHED:

10:22 GMT, 13 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:25 GMT, 13 March 2013

He doesn't score many great goals, or many goals for that matter, but Djimi Traore yesterday hit one of the strikes of the year to help his Seattle Sounders side reach the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals.

Best remembered for his comical own goal for Liverpool against Burnley in the FA Cup third round in 2005, this time Traore hit a rocket from 30 yards to put Seattle 2-1 up in the tie against Mexican side Tigres.

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Better times: Traore (above left) in action Seattle Sounders yesterday, but his own goal against Burnley (below) is what he will be remembered for

Better times: Traore (above left) in action Seattle Sounders yesterday, but his own goal against Burnley (below) is what he will be remembered for

Liverpool's Djimi Traore looks back as he knocks the ball into his own net

Better times: Traore celebrating with Luis Garcia during his time at Liverpool

Better times: Traore celebrating with Luis Garcia during his time at Liverpool

The spaghetti-legged defender, who played for Liverpool, Charlton,
Portsmouth and Birmingham City fans during his time in England, saw the
ball bounce perfectly for him on the half volley, before hitting an
unstoppable shot past Jorge Diaz de Leon, and in off the crossbar for
good measure.

Seattle went on to win the match 3-1 (3-2 on aggregate), making history in the process by becoming the first MLS team to beat a Mexican club since the launch of the CONCACAF Champions League in 2008.

The Mali defender is also remembered for being one of the most average players to win a Champions League medal, starting for Liverpool against AC Milan in the 2005 final in Istanbul.

Just four months after his mistake at Turf Moor, he gave away a free-kick in the first minute of the famous final, from which Milan scored through Paolo Maldini.

But he later atoned for his error with a crucial goal-line clearance, and picked up a winners medal after Liverpool's heroic comeback.

In his seven years at Anfield, the 33-year-old also won the FA Cup in 2006 and the League Cup in 2003.

His wonder strike for Seattle is only his fourth ever senior goal.

Traore has also appeared in European competition 35 times throughout his career.

And to think Matt Le Tissier, who scored goals like this for fun, didn't make a single appearance on the continent…

What was he thinking With no player surrounding him, Traore rolled the ball into his own net with a Zidane-esque spin then got tangled up in the net, just for good measure

What was he thinking With no player surrounding him, Traore rolled the ball into his own net with a Zidane-esque spin then got tangled up in the net, just for good measure

Djimi Traore of Liverpool

VIDEO: Traore's wonder strike for Seattle

Traore wonder goal

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VIDEO: Traore's less than wonderful own goal for Liverpool

Newcastle 1 QPR 0: Match report

Newcastle 1 QPR 0: Shola strikes to ruin Redknapp's run as Toon leave it late to take points

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17:16 GMT, 22 December 2012

Local hero Shola Ameobi came off the bench to hand Newcastle a welcome three points and manager Alan Pardew the perfect Christmas present.

The 31-year-old striker produced an assured 81st-minute finish just as it looked as though the Magpies would have to settle for a draw in a game they knew was a must-win affair.

It was no more than they deserved on a day when they dominated throughout, but too often lacked the guile of injured duo Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa.

Toon hero: Newcastle's Shola Ameobi celebrates scoring his sides winning goal with James Perch

Toon hero: Newcastle's Shola Ameobi celebrates scoring his sides winning goal with James Perch

Match facts

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Anita, Tiote (Marveaux 77), Perch, Gutierrez (Obertan 60), Ba, Cisse (Shola Ameobi 61).

Subs Not Used: Harper, Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson.

Booked: Tiote, Perch, Shola Ameobi.

Goal: Shola Ameobi 81.

QPR: Green, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Hill, Mackie, Mbia, Granero (Wright-Phillips 56), Faurlin (Derry 78), Taarabt, Cisse (Hoilett 64).

Subs Not Used: Murphy, Diakite, Traore, Onuoha.

Booked: Ferdinand, Hill.

Attendance: 50,180

Referee: Kevin Friend

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However, thanks to Ameobi, they got there in the end to claim just their second Barclays Premier League victory in eight attempts and condemn Harry Redknapp to his first defeat as Rangers boss.

The match kicked off on a pitch soaked by persistent rain, which showed little sign of abating, but with referee Kevin Friend having had two looks at it and seeing no reason not to start.

As the first half unfolded, there was clearly surface water, but it did not affect the roll of the ball unduly as the Magpies set about the task of winning a game they simply could not afford to lose or even, in the eyes of their manager, draw.

Roared on by a crowd of 50,180, the majority of whom were well aware of what was at stake, they set about their task with relish and dominated the opening 45 minutes.

However, the lack of a final ball cost them dearly as they were simply unable to convert a wealth of possession into goals.

Left winger Jonas Gutierrez was particularly guilty of failing to produce a telling cross on the numerous occasions on which he took aim, while overlapping full-back Davide Santon got into some promising positions down the same flank, but repeatedly picked out a hooped, rather than a striped, shirt.

Leaving it late: Shola Ameobi scores to win the game for Newcastle

Leaving it late: Shola Ameobi scores to win the game for Newcastle

In the event, Rob Green was as under-employed as Tim Krul despite finding his penalty area repeatedly besieged by the Magpies.

The game started promisingly for the home side with striker Papiss Cisse heading into the side-netting from Gutierrez's cross, although he did so having nudged defender Fabio da Silva in the back first and it would not have counted anyway.

Stephane Mbia was in the right place at the right time to clear Mike Williamson's goal-bound header from a Vurnon Anita corner three minutes later, although the Dutchman's ball was the sole cross of note he or any of his team-mates delivered before the break.

Fight for the ball: Adel Taarabt vies for the ball with Newcastle's Mike Williamson

Fight for the ball: Adel Taarabt vies for the ball with Newcastle's Mike Williamson

Indeed, Green's only real save came with 31 minutes played when he plucked Cheick Tiote's shot out of the air, although there was more than a hint of a cross about the Ivorian's attempt.

At the other end, Krul was effectively a spectator and he was called upon for the first time to field Alejandro Faurlin's corner with 11 minutes of the half remaining before then collecting Djibril Cisse's 43rd-minute scuffed volley.

But in the meantime, Anton Ferdinand had blocked a well-struck effort from leading scorer Demba Ba, who later wasted two free-kicks in quick succession, blasting both high over the bar, much to the frustration of the home fans.

Midfield battle: Cheick Tiote is tracked by Esteban Granero

Midfield battle: Cheick Tiote is tracked by Esteban Granero

QPR produced more inside the opening three minutes of the second half than they had in the entire first with Cisse forcing Krul to turn his low drive around the post and Mbia heading the resulting corner high over.

But as the half settled down, the visitors packed men behind the ball to frustrate their hosts, and were content to try to hit them on the break, a ploy which prompted the introduction of Shaun Wright-Phillips as a 56th-minute replacement for Esteban Granero.

Pardew made a double change on the hour, replacing Gutierrez and, to the clear disapproval of the home fans, Papiss Cisse, with Gabriel Obertan and Ameobi in the search for a breakthrough.

Getting it right: Harry Redknapp gives instructions from the sidelines

Getting it right: Harry Redknapp gives instructions from the sidelines

But it was Anita who very nearly made the difference with a 63rd-minute free-kick which Green could only palm away, mercifully for him into a sea of blue, rather than black and white, shirts.

The Rangers goalkeeper had to scramble away Anita's near-post corner two minutes later and Ba saw a shot on the turn deflected for a corner before Ameobi completely mistimed a header as the Magpies made another concerted push.

Ba could not generate enough pace to trouble Green with his 73rd-minute header from Obertan's cross, but when Ameobi's big moment arrived, he was not found wanting.

Sylvain Marveaux slipped the ball into his path on the right side of the penalty area and he steadied himself before curling a left-foot shot across Green and into the bottom corner.

Substitute Marveaux might have added a second two minutes later after being denied by Green, but there was no way back for Redknapp's men.

Tiote will miss the Boxing Day trip to Manchester United after picking up his fifth booking of the season but even that could not take the smile from Pardew's face.

All smiles: QPR owner Tony Fernandes watches on at St James' Park

All smiles: QPR owner Tony Fernandes watches on at St James' Park

QPR 1 Southampton 3 – match report

QPR 1 Southampton 3: Hughes on the brink as Saints win 'El Sackico' in style

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UPDATED:

17:15 GMT, 17 November 2012

Nigel Adkins was left beaming in the battle of the basement boys – dubbed 'El Sackico' – as his Southampton side inflicted a crushing home defeat on Mark Hughes and QPR.

The futures of both managers were subject to intense speculation in the build-up to a Loftus Road encounter contested by the sides bottom and second-bottom of the standings.

QPR and Southampton had conceded 49 league goals between them prior to the game and the hosts' defence was breached 23 minutes in as Rickie Lambert bundled home his fifth of the season.

Quiet down, boo boys: Southampton came out on top in the battle of the bottom clubs

Quiet down, boo boys: Southampton came out on top in the battle of the bottom clubs

Feeling the heat: Mark Hughes faces an uncertain future after once again failing to win at home

Feeling the heat: Mark Hughes faces an uncertain future after once again failing to win at home

Match facts

QPR: Julio Cesar; Traore, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Bosingwa (Fabio 73); Diakite (Derry 71), Taarabt, Granero, Faurlin (Mackie 46); Cisse, Hoilett Subs not used: Green, Wright-Phillips, Dyer, Ehmer

Booked: Bosingwa

Goals: Hoilett 49

SOUTHAMPTON: Gazzaniga; Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw (Fox 74); Schneiderlin, Ramirez (S Davis 61), Cork, Lallana; Puncheon, Lambert (Rodriguez 90) Subs not used: K Davis, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Mayukav

Goals: Lambert 23, Puncheon 45, Ferdinand OG 83

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The Rs found themselves further
behind at the end of the first half as man-of-the-match Jason Puncheon
returned to haunt the club he spent a loan spell with last season,
striking home from the edge of the box.

Boos rang around Loftus Road at the
half-time whistle and the hosts came out rejuvenated for the second
period, with Junior Hoilett clawing one back four minutes in.

That, though, was to be as good as it
got for QPR as Southampton wrapped up victory when Anton Ferdinand
deflected home Morgan Schneiderlin's late cross.

Both managers stuck with the same
starting line-ups that played last weekend for today's crunch match
between the Premier League's two worst sides.

An impressive 3,203 visiting fans crammed into the School End and enjoyed a bright, if fruitless, opening spell.

Quick out the blocks: Ricky Lambert handed the visitors an early lead with a brave header

Quick out the blocks: Ricky Lambert handed the visitors an early lead with a brave header

Quick out the blocks: Ricky Lambert handed the visitors an early lead with a brave header

Southampton were quicker to settle
and captain Adam Lallana came close in the seventh minute, firing just
over after a neat one-two with Gaston Ramirez.

Just as a chorus of 'One Nigel
Adkins' ended, Saints had another chance as former QPR loanee Puncheon's
cross evaded Lallana in the box and clipped the far post.

While the visitors were enjoying the lion's share of possession, they were still looking shaky at the back.

Adel Taarabt – so often a threat for
QPR – highlighted that defensive fragility by breaking through
in-between Nathaniel Clyne and Jose Fonte, before forcing Paulo
Gazzaniga into a quick reaction save.

Net buster: Jason Puncheon doubled the Saints' advantage on the stroke of half-time

Net buster: Jason Puncheon doubled the Saints' advantage on the stroke of half-time

Net buster: Jason Puncheon doubled the Saints' advantage on the stroke of half-time

The Argentinian goalkeeper did not fare so well with a Hoilett shot less than a minute later, somewhat fumbling a parry behind.

Saints returned to the attack in the
22nd minute, when Lallana's dangerous ball across the six-yard box was
cleared behind for a corner from which Lambert saw an effort deflect
behind.

He was not to be denied for long,
though, and, when the resulting corner was not cleared properly, Ramirez
pulled back for Fonte, whose shot was prodded goalwards by Puncheon.
That effort was cleared off the line but Lambert showed his strength to
bundle home.

Saints continued to press forward
after the opener, although their defence was still looking uneasy as
Djibril Cisse and Hoilett threatened to level.

Southampton players claimed a
handball against Ryan Nelsen and Jack Cork tested Julio Cesar as they
pushed for another, which came on the stroke of half-time.

Lifeline: Junior Hoilett halved the arrears for QPR, but it proved to be a false dawn

Lifeline: Junior Hoilett halved the arrears for QPR, but it proved to be a false dawn

Lifeline: Junior Hoilett halved the arrears for QPR, but it proved to be a false dawn

Puncheon started the move on the
right and, when he collected the ball from Clyne, turned Alejandro
Faurlin to fire home a left-footed strike.

QPR were booed off at half-time after their inept display and Hughes replaced Faurlin with Jamie Mackie when play resumed.

The west Londoners began brightly and, after Gazzaniga dealt with a Cisse volley, they reduced the deficit.

Adel Taarabt floated in a cross and lost his man, allowing Hoilett to nod home unchallenged in the 49th minute.

They were still looking poor, though,
and Puncheon forced Cesar to save and then provided a cross that
Lambert came close to turning home.

The Saints striker and Schneiderlin
were both thwarted with long-range efforts, before Ferdinand did well to
stop Ramirez getting through on goal.

Out of ideas: Try as they might, QPR just couldn't find a way back into the match

Out of ideas: Try as they might, QPR just couldn't find a way back into the match

Out of ideas: Try as they might, QPR just couldn't find a way back into the match

Puncheon was far and away Southampton's standout player and was causing the QPR defence no end of hassle.

After scuffing wide, the winger came
close with a drilled effort and then saw a low effort from an acute
angle tipped wide by Cesar.

Cisse lashed well wide at the other
end and, after Jose Bosingwa's substitution was cheered by home fans, he
tried to score with an overhead kick.

The game was flowing from end to end and Cesar had to be at his best to deny a Maya Yoshida scissor-kick 10 minutes from time.

Nelsen headed straight at Gazzaniga
moments later and then Saints secured victory, with Puncheon playing a
short corner to Schneiderlin for the Frenchman's cross to squeeze in off
Ferdinand at Cesar's near post.

QPR fans bellowed 'You're only here
for the money' at their players and duly booed the side off at the end
of the game, while Adkins and the Saints fans celebrated their first
points earned away from home.

Arsenal 1 QPR 0 – match report

Arsenal 1 QPR 0: Relief as Arteta bundles home late winner to down 10-man Rangers

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UPDATED:

16:09 GMT, 27 October 2012

Mikel Arteta's late goal gave Arsenal a much-needed 1-0 win over struggling QPR at the Emirates Stadium, where England midfielder Jack Wilshere returned for the Gunners after more than a year on the sidelines.

Arsenal had endured a difficult spell following the international break with successive defeats at Norwich and Schalke preceding a heated annual general meeting on Thursday.

It was, though, far from a vintage Arsenal display against a hard-working QPR side, who owed much to an inspired performance by goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Spain gain: Mikel Arteta poked home a late winner for Arsenal against 10-men QPR

Spain gain: Mikel Arteta poked home a late winner for Arsenal against 10-men QPR

Spain gain: Mikel Arteta poked home a late winner for Arsenal against 10-men QPR

MATCH FACTS

ARSENAL: Mannone, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Arteta, Wilshere (Walcott 67), Cazorla, Ramsey, Podolski (Gervinho 71), Giroud, Gervinho (Arshavin 81). Subs Not Used: Martinez, Koscielny, Coquelin, Jenkinson.

Booked: Giroud.

Goals: Arteta 84.

QPR: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Mbia, Nelsen, Traore (Onuoha 73), Wright-Phillips (Mackie 79), Diakite, Granero, Hoilett, Taarabt, Zamora (Cisse 72). Subs Not Used: Green, Ferdinand, Ephraim, Faurlin.

Sent Off: Mbia (80).

Booked: Granero, Taarabt.

Attendance: 60,103

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

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The Brazilian was finally beaten by
Arteta's scrambled effort with eight minutes left after QPR full-back
Stephane Mbia had been sent off for kicking out at Gunners defender
Thomas Vermaelen.

Wilshere's previous Arsenal league
appearance came in May 2011 and he missed the whole of the 2011-12
campaign with niggling ankle and knee problems, which ruled him out of
Euro 2012 and the London Olympics.

The 20-year-old's first touch was
greeted by huge cheers around the stadium, and it was a positive start
by the hosts. Mbia diverted Andre Santos' low cross goalwards, which
Cesar cleared with his legs.

In the 10th minute, a looping header from Aaron Ramsey dropped onto the top of the crossbar.

There was almost a dream return for
Wilshere when he collected the ball in midfield and charged to the edge
of the QPR penalty area before drilling in a low, left-foot shot which
Cesar spilled but then collected as Santi Cazorla looked for a rebound.

He's back: Jack Wilshere made his first appearance for the Gunners in 524 days

He's back: Jack Wilshere made his first appearance for the Gunners in 524 days

He's back: Jack Wilshere made his first appearance for the Gunners in 524 days

QPR, still without a Barclays Premier
League away win and bottom of the table, looked dangerous on the
counter-attack, especially through Shaun Wright-Phillips who stretched
Santos at every opportunity.

Arsenal threatened again on the
half-hour as Olivier Giroud's angled shot was parried away before Lukas
Podolski crashed a 25-yard free-kick into the defensive wall.

Wilshere then fed Santos out on the left, and the Brazilian cut back inside but curled a tame effort at Cesar.

He's Bac too: As well as Wilshere, Bacary Sagna was appearing for the first time this season

He's Bac too: As well as Wilshere, Bacary Sagna was appearing for the first time this season

At the start of the second half,
there was a moment of concern when QPR midfielder Esteban Granero stood
on Wilshere's foot and left the England man on the floor. He hobbled off
for some treatment but was able to rejoin the action.

In the 50th minute, a floated
free-kick from Arteta into the QPR penalty area was headed goalwards by
Per Mertesacker, but Cesar made a good save at full stretch.

At the other end, Junior Hoilett put
the ball in the Arsenal net, chipping Gunners goalkeeper Vito Mannone,
but play had already been stopped by an offside flag against three QPR
players.

Hooped: Aaron Ramsey continued to be deployed on the right before switching back to the middle

Hooped: Aaron Ramsey continued to be deployed on the right before switching back to the middle

Hooped: Aaron Ramsey continued to be deployed on the right before switching back to the middle

The match was becoming an
increasingly scrappy affair, as referee Anthony Taylor struggled to keep
order following a series of free-kicks.

With 25 minutes left, Wilshere was replaced by Theo Walcott and left the field to a standing ovation from the home support.

Podolski then came off for Gervinho as Arsene Wenger looked to inject some pace down the flanks.

QPR made a double change as Djibril Cisse and Nedum Onuoha replaced Bobby Zamora and the injured Armand Traore.

The best opening of the game fell to
Cazorla after good work from Walcott down the right, but the Spaniard,
who had been so impressive before the international break, blasted the
ball over from 12 yards.

Interested spectator: Stan Kroenke was in the stands for the second successive match

Interested spectator: Stan Kroenke was in the stands for the second successive match

Nervous: Both Arsene Wenger and Mark Hughes have been under pressure for different reasons

Nervous: Both Arsene Wenger and Mark Hughes have been under pressure for different reasons

Nervous: Both Arsene Wenger and Mark Hughes have been under pressure for different reasons

QPR were reduced to 10 men with 10
minutes left when Mbia was shown a red card for kicking out at Vermaelen
after he had been fouled by the Gunners skipper.

Gervinho picked up an injury, and was taken down the tunnel on a stretcher. He was replaced by Andrey Arshavin.

QPR continued to defend bravely, as Cesar clawed a deflected clearance onto the post.

The visitors' resolve, however, was finally broken in the 84th minute.

Arteta bundled the ball in after
Giroud's header was saved superbly by Cesar and the Spaniard's follow-up
header hit the crossbar.

Ramsey's shot was pushed wide by the
impressive QPR keeper, who also denied Cazorla as Arsenal continued to
press in the closing stages.

Mannone saved from QPR substitute Jamie Mackie in stoppage time to secure a welcome victory for Wenger's battle-weary Gunners.

QPR 1 Everton 1 – Match report

QPR 1 Everton 1: Toffees escape with a draw after harsh Pienaar red card

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16:57 GMT, 21 October 2012

Everton left Loftus Road clutching a lucky point after a late onslaught by Queens Park Rangers which saw them have a strong penalty appeal turned down.

Junior Hoilett had given the home side the lead after two mintues with a fine solo goal before Julio Cesar's own goal levelled things up.

Steven Pienaar was sent off early in the second half for a second booking – although it looked harsh.

Match facts

QPR: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Diakite, Nelsen (Ferdinand 83), Traore (Onuoha 72), Mbia, Granero, Park, Taarabt, Hoilett, Zamora (Cisse 71).

Subs: Green, Ferdinand, Cisse, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Onuoha, Faurlin.

Booked: Diakite

Goal: Hoilett 2

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Mirallas, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Jelavic (Heitinga 83), Anichebe (Naismith 52).

Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Duffy.

Goal: Cesar o.g. 33

Booked: Pienaar

Sent off: Pienaar

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

Coleman brought down Hoilett in the box with ten minutes remaining but the referee waved away appeals.

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Equaliser: Sylvain Distin's header forced a Julio Cesar own goal

Equaliser: Sylvain Distin's header forced a Julio Cesar own goal

Let's go: Junior Hoilett strikes to get the game off to a flying start

Let's go: Junior Hoilett strikes to get the game off to a flying start

Dismissal: Steven Pienaar trudges off the pitch after his red card

Dismissal: Steven Pienaar trudges off the pitch after his red card

Pressured: Mark Hughes needed a good result

Pressured: Mark Hughes needed a good result

No way through: Ryan Nelsen blocks a Victor Anichebe strike

No way through: Ryan Nelsen blocks a Victor Anichebe strike

Hey! Adel Taarabt goes down under a Phil Neville tackle

Hey! Adel Taarabt goes down under a Phil Neville tackle

Skids: Armand Traore is tackled by a sliding Seamus Coleman

Skids: Armand Traore is tackled by a sliding Seamus Coleman

Unimpressed: David Moyes and Everton's fans were not happy about Pienaar's red card

Unimpressed: David Moyes and Everton's fans were not happy about Pienaar's red card

Solidarity: Anton Ferdinand (right) opts not to wear a Kick It Out T-shirt, like his brother Rio

Solidarity: Anton Ferdinand (right) opts not to wear a Kick It Out T-shirt, like his brother Rio

Anton Ferdinand

Norwich 1 QPR 1: Booby Zamora equaliser cancels out Simeon Jackson goal

Norwich 1 QPR 1: Zamora equaliser cancels out Jackson opener

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Bobby Zamora's equaliser earned QPR a point at Carrow Road as both Mark Hughes' side and their hosts Norwich recovered from 5-0 maulings on the opening day.

Simeon Jackson had given Norwich the lead early on but Zamora pounced after Djibril Cisse's penalty had been saved by John Ruddy.

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Equaliser: Zamora (second left) struck for QPR

Equaliser: Zamora (second left) struck for QPR

MATCH FACTS

Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Garrido, Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington, Jackson (Chris Martin 87), Holt (Morison 87).

Subs Not Used: Rudd, Surman, Hoolahan, Tierney, Ryan Bennett.

Goal: Jackson 11.

QPR: Green, Traore (Bosingwa 70), Hill (Onuoha 46), Ferdinand, Da Silva, Mackie, Diakite (Derry 86), Park, Hoilett, Cisse, Zamora.

Subs Not Used: Murphy, Johnson, Taarabt, Wright-Phillips.

Booked: Ferdinand, Hill

Goal: Zamora 19.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear).

Attendance: 26,317.

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Opener: Jackson swoops to put Norwich in front

Opener: Jackson swoops to put Norwich in front

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Returning home: Hoops goalkeeper Robert Green

Returning home: Hoops goalkeeper Robert Green

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Off and running: Jackson celebrates his first of the season

Off and running: Jackson celebrates his first of the season

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Spending spree: Hughes took a new-look QPR squad to Carrow Road

Spending spree: Hughes took a new-look QPR squad to Carrow Road

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Baptism: Hughton took charge of his first match at Carrow Road

Baptism: Hughton took charge of his first match at Carrow Road

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False dawn: Norwich could not hold on to their lead

False dawn: Norwich could not hold on to their lead

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Penalty: Cisse is brought down by Bassong

Penalty: Cisse is brought down by Bassong

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First to react: Zamora nets the equaliser

First to react: Zamora nets the equaliser

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Recovery: Rangers put their 5-0 defeat last week behind them

Recovery: Rangers put their 5-0 defeat last week behind them

QPR 1 Tottenham 0: Adel Taarabt continues Spurs collapse before red card

QPR 1 Tottenham 0: Taarabt scores the winner before being sent off against imploding former club

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18:43 GMT, 21 April 2012

Adel Taarabt, the man Harry Redknapp once described as a 'fruitcake', lived up to his bad-boy reputation by scoring the winner and then getting sent off as QPR inflicted yet more misery on sorry Tottenham at Loftus Road.

Taarabt, who left Spurs to join QPR two years ago, came back to haunt his former boss by curling home a wonderful first-half free-kick to boost QPR's survival hopes and put a severe dent in Tottenham's Champions League hopes.

The Moroccan lived up to his firebrand billing in the second half when he received a second booking for kicking the ball away.

Breakthrough: Adel Taarabt celebrates after scoring in the first half

Breakthrough: Adel Taarabt celebrates after scoring in the first half

Off you go: Mark Clattenburg sent off Taarabt after a long delay

Off you go: Mark Clattenburg sent off Taarabt after a long delay

MATCH FACTS

QPR: Kenny, Hill, Taiwo, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Diakite (Buzsaky 69), Derry, Taarabt, Mackie, Barton, Zamora

Subs not used: Cerny, Gabbidon, Traore, Wright-Phillips, Helguson, Cisse

Booked: Taarabt, Zamora, Onuoha, Hill

Sent off: Taarabt

Goal: Taarabt 24

Tottenham:
Friedel, Walker, Gallas, King, Assou-Ekotto (Rose 66), Parker (Giovani
84), Sandro (Lennon 46) Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Defoe

Subs not used: Cudicini, Khumalo, Smith, Livermore

Referee: Clattenburg

Attendance: 18,021

Taarabt's actions will be forgotten by
QPR boss Mark Hughes, though, as the forward's goal means his team are
three points clear of the drop zone.

QPR thoroughly deserved their fourth
successive home victory as they had more spirit, creativity and energy
than a desperately lacklustre Spurs, who are now fifth in the Barclays
Premier League table – some three points behind Newcastle with only four
games of the campaign left.

Redknapp's team have now won just once in their last nine league games and their campaign looks set to end in failure.

Apart from the 12 minutes in which QPR
had 10 men, a home win looked on the cards throughout and Rangers
should have perhaps won by more.

The hosts stamped their authority on the game from kick-off.

Jamie Mackie in particular started
brightly, taking the ball off Luka Modric and slipping past Benoit
Assou-Ekotto and Gareth Bale before firing wide.

Steady: Taarabt fires home from a free-kick

Steady: Taarabt fires home from a free-kick

Gathering: The Moroccan celebrates with QPR coaching staff

Gathering: The Moroccan celebrates with QPR coaching staff

Tottenham, racked with nerves, played like anything but a top-four side in the opening 10 minutes.

Kyle Walker and Friedel were involved in a mix-up that almost gifted Rangers an easy opener.

They were also lacking going forward.
After being out-muscled in midfield they had to resort to a long-ball
game – something that was never going to work with the diminutive
Jermain Defoe leading the line.

Samba Diakite made a mockery of the
Spurs defence early on by coasting past Modric to slip in to the box but
he dragged his shot wide.

Not there yet: Mark Hughes watched as his players celebrated the opener

Not there yet: Mark Hughes watched as his players celebrated the opener

Outfought: Scott Parker could not help Tottenham secure a point

Outfought: Scott Parker could not help Tottenham secure a point

Spurs momentarily came back in to the
game with Paddy Kenny saving brilliantly from Bale and Rafael van der
Vaart in quick succession, but their resurgence was short-lived as
Rangers took the lead.

Mark Clattenburg blew for what
appeared to be a handball against Sandro 25 yards out and Taarabt curled
the ball over the wall and in to the bottom corner past a despondent
Friedel, who perhaps should have done better.

Bale scooped a lovely ball over the
QPR back four to find Defoe but Nedum Onuoha put in a crucial block as
Spurs looked for an instant reply.

Van der Vaart rifled a half-volley at goal and Kenny's parry fell in to Defoe's path but he could only nod over.

QPR ended the first half on top.

Taarabt had time to subject
Assou-Ekotto to a series of teasing step-overs on the touchline before
the break and Joey Barton's deflected shot sailed over.

Struggle: Bobby Zamora cannot get away from Sandro

Struggle: Bobby Zamora cannot get away from Sandro

After seeing his team booed off by
their own fans at half-time, Redknapp brought on Aaron Lennon for Sandro
at to add a bit of width, but still Spurs struggled to get in to the
game.

Diakite muscled his way past Scott Parker and William Gallas before burying a shot in to the side-netting.

Bobby Zamora wasted a good chance to
seal the game in the 68th minute when Gallas allowed him room but the
former Spurs striker dallied, allowing substitute Danny Rose to put in a
crucial block.

Redknapp opted to switch Lennon and
Bale – a move that went down terribly with the away fans, who sang:
'Gareth Bale, he plays on the left.'

Onuoha caught Parker's trailing leg,
but Clattenburg waved play on. Barton insisted that Parker had dived to
earn a free-kick and pushed the England captain.

Taarabt plunged his team's victory in to doubt with 12 minutes to go when he kicked the ball away to earn a second booking.

Harry for England Tottenham have been playing particularly badly after the England manager's job became available

Harry for England Tottenham have been playing particularly badly after the England manager's job became available

Tussle: Benoit Assou-Ekotto vies with Jamie Mackie

Tussle: Benoit Assou-Ekotto vies with Jamie Mackie

Modric stung Kenny's hands as
Tottenham looked to use their numerical advantage and Redknapp brought
on Giovani Dos Santos for Parker.

Anton Ferdinand headed Bale's cross away at the near post as Spurs piled on the pressure in the closing minutes.

Dos Santos drew a good save from Kenny in the final minute and Van der Vaart tested the stopper again in injury time.

Five minutes of added time were called
but despite their best efforts Spurs could not find an equaliser and
they ended the day outside the top four for the first time since
November.

QPR v Tottenham live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: QPR v Tottenham – the action from Loftus Road as it happens

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as QPR host Tottenham in a London derby at Loftus Road. The Hoops are in a battle to avoid relegation but face a Spurs side also desperate for three points in their pursuit of Champions League football. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

QPR 1-0 Tottenham (5.30pm)

Click here for the live goals as they go in

QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill,
Taiwo, Mackie, Barton, Derry, Diakite, Taarabt, Zamora.
Subs: Cerny,
Gabbidon, Traore, Buzsaky, Helguson, Cisse, Wright-Phillips.

Goals: Taarabt 24.

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas,
King, Assou-Ekotto, Sandro, Modric, Parker, Bale, Van der Vaart, Defoe.
Subs: Cudicini, Lennon, Giovani, Rose, Livermore, Khumalo, Smith.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

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Latest from Middlesbrough v Southampton

24min: GOAL! QPR 1-0 Tottenham

It may be his 300th consecutive game but Friedel has been caught out here.

Adel Taarabt curls a free-kick beautifully into the bottom corner but I expected the American to do a little better than that – there wasn't too much power.

The Moroccan especially enjoyed that moment against his former club.

22min: First booking for QPR. Sandro attempts to start a counter-attack but Bobby Zamora holds his shirt back and is cautioned.

20min: Until now. Bale does well to head a corner on target but it's too close to Kenny who manages to palm over.

19min: In fact Spurs are seeing nearly all of the ball. The last five minutes have seen them have 80 per cent possession, but Paddy Kenny has still yet to make a save.

16min: Spurs have seen more of the ball but it's still simmering in this London derby. Neither side finding success in the final third.

13min: Spurs look out of ideas and we haven't had 15 minutes yet. Bale picks up the ball 30 yards out but drags a shot well wide – it was closer to the corner flag.

11min: The last three minutes have been all QPR. Spurs have been shocking at the back with their half-hearted attempts at clearing the ball as Samba Diakite strolls through the defence before firing wide.

8min: An even game so far, neither side has had a shot on target but there are signs QPR are starting to settle easier.

5min: Mackie has got Gareth Bale and Assou-Ekotto on toast so far. The forward once again leaves both for dead on the right flank before his charge into the box comes to nothing.

3min: Good response from the hosts. Jamie Mackie steals the ball off Luka Modric before running through the Spurs defence and firing just wide across goal. Great run.

2min: Early opportunity for Spurs as they win a free-kick on the right flank, but after QPR clear Benoit Assou-Ekotto fires over first time.

At full stretch: Tottenham's Gareth Bale (left) attempts to tackle QPR's Jamie Mackie

At full stretch: Tottenham's Gareth Bale (left) attempts to tackle QPR's Jamie Mackie

Kick-off: Spurs get us going.

17.27: Out come the players, time for some predictions and I'm going for:

QPR 2-0 Tottenham

I think right now I only trust Wolves less to get a result than Spurs

17.24: QPR boss Mark Hughes speaking to ESPN:

'We are looking for continuity. Cisse is on the bench and he is a good option for us.

'It's up to us to make it difficult for Tottenham, we've played good sides and beat them in recent weeks so we will be looking for something similar today.

17.21: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp recalls Brad Friedel to his starting line-up for the clash with QPR, with the 40-year-old goalkeeper set to make his 300th consecutive Barclays Premier League appearance.

Sandro and Jermain Defoe also come in for Spurs following their 5-1 defeat in their FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, with Aaron Lennon and Emmanuel Adebayor missing out.

QPR manager Mark Hughes resists the temptation to put Djibril Cisse straight back into the side following his four-match ban and names an unchanged side from the 1-0 defeat at West Brom.

17.18: I have to say I have never seen Redknapp look so downbeat before a game, he hasn't convinced me Spurs have turned a corner that's for sure.

Evergreen: Brad Friedel makes his record 300th consecutive Premier League appearance

Evergreen: Brad Friedel makes his record 300th consecutive Premier League appearance

17.15: Harry Redknapp speaking to ESPN:

'We've got to win four games starting today. Adebayor has a hamstring problem, Saha a groin, so it's great opportunity for Defoe.

'Training's been great, the lads were bright Thursday and Friday. A couple of years ago we lost a semi-final, but we then beat Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City to get Champions League football.'

17.12: Big milestone for Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel. This will be his 300th consecutive Premier League game stretching back to the 2004/05 season – that's an incredible record.

17.09: Full line-ups from Loftus Road:

QPR v Tottenham
QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo, Mackie, Barton, Derry, Diakite, Taarabt, Zamora. Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Traore, Buzsaky, Helguson, Cisse, Wright-Phillips.

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, King, Assou-Ekotto, Sandro, Modric, Parker, Bale, Van der Vaart, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Lennon, Giovani, Rose, Livermore, Khumalo, Smith.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

17.06: QPR starting XI:

Kenny, Diakite, Hill, Derry, Taarabt, Mackie, Barton, Taiwo, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Zamora.

17.03: Tottenham starting XI:

Friedel, Walker, Gallas, King, Assou-Ekotto, Parker, Sandro, Modric, Van der Vaart, Bale, Defoe.

17.00: Don't be fooled into thinking this London derby concerns just these two clubs. Half of the Premier League will have an eye on this game.

Chelsea, Arsenal, Newcastle, Wolves, Bolton, Blackburn, Wigan and Aston Villa have interests regarding their top four/top flight safety ambitions. Either way it's going to end in tears for someone. Team news coming up.

White Hart pain: QPR crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Tottenham earlier in the season

White Hart pain: QPR crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Tottenham earlier in the season

West Bromwich 1 QPR 0: Mark Hughes suffers blow in relegation battle

West Bromwich 1 QPR 0: Blow for Rangers in relegation battle as Dorrans blasts Baggies to victory

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West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans added to QPR's relegation fears with a superb winner in the Barclays Premier League clash at the Hawthorns.

The Scotland international settled the contest midway through the first half with a 30-yard strike.
But QPR should have picked up at least a point with Bobby Zamora causing plenty of problems but spurning several opportunities.

Mark Hughes' side have strung together some impressive results at Loftus Road in recent weeks to revive their hopes of staying up. But they have now failed to win in 11 away matches and picked up only two points.

Albion have now moved past the 40-point mark and can look forward to a third successive season of top flight football.

Celebrations: Graham Dorrans with team-mates after scoring West Brom's winner

Celebrations: Graham Dorrans with team-mates after scoring West Brom's winner

MATCH FACTS

West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Dawson, Ridgewell, Brunt, Mulumbu, Dorrans (Andrews 71), Thomas (Scharner 80), Fortune (Long 59), Odemwingie.

Subs not used: Daniels, Shorey, Hurst, Cox,

Goal: Dorrans 22

Bookings: Ridgewell, Dorrans, Mulumbu.

QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo (Traore 77), Barton, Diakite, Derry
(Wright-Phillips 56), Mackie, Zamora, Taarabt (Helguson 75).

Subs not used: Cerny, Gabbidon, Buzsaky, Young.

Booking: Diakite.

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire).

Attendance: 25.521.

Youssouf Mulumbu made his presence felt
in midfield while left-back Liam Ridgewell again showed he was an astute
signing by Roy Hodgson from Birmingham in January.

QPR started brightly and Zamora went close to putting them ahead after only two minutes.

The England striker found himself with only Ben Foster to beat after the ball ricocheted invitingly into his path. But Foster was alert to the situation and came quickly off his line to block the shot at the expense of a corner.

Brunt had Albion's first attempt on goal but his shot was smothered by Joey Barton.

Odemwingie had a good chance to end his five-game run without a goal
after Thomas had spotted his run – but the Nigerian international
screwed his low drive just past the far post.

The only goal of the game came from Dorrans after 22 minutes. The
Scotland international received the ball from Odemwingie 30 yards out
and his rising shot flew past Kenny into the roof of the net
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Only goal: Dorrans fires home West Brom's winner

Only goal: Dorrans fires home West Brom's winner

QPR tried to respond and Adel Taarabt found himself in a yard of space
just outside the box but he dragged his shot wide of the far post.

A fine pass in between the Albion defence played in Barton. whose ball
across the danger area picked out Samba Diakite. The midfielder's rising
effort contained plenty of power but was a yard wide of the mark.

Battle: Chris Brunt and Youssouf Mulumbu clash with QPR's Joey Barton

Battle: Chris Brunt and Youssouf Mulumbu clash with QPR's Joey Barton

On the run: Joe Barton hides the ball away from Billy Jones

On the run: Joe Barton hides the ball away from Billy Jones

Zamora should have levelled after 39
minutes when he found himself with a
free header from a pinpoint Barton cross – but angled it just wide.
Foster then beat out a fierce drive from Zamora, who had worked under
Albion coach Hodgson at Fulham.

Mulumbu became the first player to be booked after 52 minutes for bringing down Nedum Onuoha in full flight.

Eyes on the ball: Youssouf Mulumbu is intercepted by QPR's Clint Hill

Eyes on the ball: Youssouf Mulumbu is intercepted by QPR's Clint Hill

Albion came close to doubling their lead five minutes later when
Odemwingie's reverse pass picked out the run of Jones, whose low shot
hit the base of a post. A deep corner from Taarabt was seized onto by Barton in space but his curling effort was high and wide.

Ridgewell was booked for time-wasting when taking a throw-in, before a
fine tackle from Hill halted Albion substitute Shane Long inside the box
as he prepared to shoot.

Dorrans became the third Albion player to be yellow carded for lunging
at QPR substitute Wright-Phillips – and he was immediately taken off and
replaced by Keith Andrews.

Zamora's unhappy day continued when he was found in space by Taarabt
inside the Baggies box but sliced his shot, which hit the back of Jamie
Mackie.

Kenny had to be alert to hold a dipping 25-yard free-kick from Brunt
away to his left, before Long should have made it 2-0 in injury-time
only to shoot wide

QPR 3 Liverpool 2: Jamie Mackie"s late winner

QPR 3 Liverpool 2: Mackie magic completes stunning Rangers comeback

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21:55 GMT, 21 March 2012

Jamie Mackie struck in the last few minutes to complete an astonishing comeback by QPR over a bewildered Liverpool.

The Reds led by two goals, but three goals in 13 minutes turned the game on its head.

Shaun Derry, Djibril Cisse and Mackie were the culprits, shocking the travelling Liverpool fans and delighting manager Mark Hughes, who will be grateful for three unexpected points.

More to follow.

Incredible: Sebastian Coates' scissor-kick gave Liverpool the lead

Incredible: Sebastian Coates' scissor-kick gave Liverpool the lead

Unbelievable: Coates' acrobatic technique astounded everybody

Unbelievable: Coates' acrobatic technique astounded everybody

Delight: Coates celebrates with Dirk Kuyt after his wonder strike

Delight: Coates celebrates with Dirk Kuyt after his wonder strike

Struggle: Jay Spearing and Co. could not break down QPR in the first-half

Struggle: Jay Spearing and Co. could not break down QPR in the first-half

Leap: Suarez vies for the ball with Luke Young

Leap: Suarez vies for the ball with Luke Young

Backing: Liverpool players donned t-shirts in support of Fabrice Muamba

Backing: Liverpool players donned t-shirts in support of Fabrice Muamba

MATCH FACTS

QPR: Kenny, Traore (Taiwo 46), Young, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Diakite, Derry, Taarabt, Barton (Mackie 62), Cisse (Buzsaky 88), Zamora

Subs not used: Cerny, Gabbidon, Wright-Phillips, Bothroyd

Goals: Derry 77, Cisse 86

Liverpool: Reina, Enrique, Carragher, Kelly (Coates 34), Skrtel, Gerrard, Downing, Spearing, Adam (Henderson 46), Suarez (Carroll 82), Kuyt

Subs not used: Doni, Aurelio, Flanagan, Shelvey

Goals: Coates 54, Kuyt 72

Referee: Howard Webb

Attendance: 18,033