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September 1, 2012 5:30 PM BST
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 45579‎
 
B. Zamora 59′
61′ Edin Dzeko
 
90+3′ Carlos Tévez
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 3-1 QPR

Roberto Mancini's side went ahead through Yaya Toure, but were pegged back by Bobby Zamora before goals from Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez sealed a win for the champions

By Greg Stobart

  • Joe Hart
    46
    18
    2.50

    Joe Hart

    Had very little to do but made a sharp stop to deny Johnson before Zamora converted the rebound.

  • Vincent Kompany
    46
    23
    2.50

    Vincent Kompany

    Comfortable enough performance from the City captain as he showed good anticipation and had the strength to combat Zamora.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    46
    22
    2.50

    Pablo Zabaleta

    The Argentine was maybe a little culpable in the build-up to the QPR goal but produced another tenacious display and got forward well, smashing the crossbar in the second-half. Came off with a hamstring injury 15 minutes from time.

  • Joleon Lescott
    41
    27
    2.50

    Joleon Lescott

    Solid display as he swept up QPR attacks and made a couple of strong challenges on the cover.

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    47
    31
    2.50

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Lovely first-half pass to Silva showed his attacking qualities but, as is often the case, made some clumsy challenges in defence.

  • Samir Nasri
    45
    28
    2.50

    Samir Nasri

    Drifted into space from the left and looked to unlock the QPR defence. Not his most influential display.

  • Jack Rodwell
    37
    45
    2.00

    Jack Rodwell

    Sat in midfield and kept his passing neat and tidy. Could have been more creative, but provided a solid platform for the more attacking players.

  • David Silva
    48
    34
    2.00

    David Silva

    The Spaniard caused QPR problems in the first-half with his eye for a pass and intelligent movement, cutting inside from the right to combine with the forwards, at the same time creating space out wide for Zabaleta. Faded after the break.

  • Yaya Touré
    79
    14
    3.50

    Yaya Touré

    Scored for the second week in a row as he broke the deadlock in the 16th minute, latching on to a loose ball from a corner and blasting it into the roof of the net. Power and poise the basis of City's best attacks.

  • Edin Dzeko
    104
    25
    2.50

    Edin Dzeko

    The Bosnian was the focal point of City's attacks but his finishing was badly off target until he headed home in the 61st minute from close range. Can also claim an assists for City's third after miscued shot was turned in by Tevez.

  • Carlos Tévez
    137
    43
    4.00

    Carlos Tévez Top of the Match

    Has now scored in all three of City's Premier League games after turning in Dzeko's wayward shot late on. It was a goal the Argentine deserved after a busy display behind Dzeko, wriggling into space and injecting energy into City attacks. Cross from the left provided the assist for Dzeko's goal.

Substitutions

  • Kolo Toure
    45
    24
    2.50

    Kolo Toure

    Replaced the injured Zabaleta in the 74th minute. Played at right-back but did not have much to do.

  • James Milner
    29
    21

    James Milner

    Replaced Silva nine minutes from time.

  • Abdul Razak
    48
    17

    Abdul Razak

    Came on for Nasri in the 89th minute.

  • Robert Green
    14
    13
    3.00

    Robert Green

    Responded to the signing of Julio Cesar with a decent display, making some solid saves. Could do nothing about any of the City goals.

  • Anton Ferdinand
    12
    21
    2.00

    Anton Ferdinand

    Too easily caught out by City's attacking movement, letting their forwards run into space and create chances. Went off injured in the second half.

  • Ryan Nelsen
    11
    14
    2.00

    Ryan Nelsen

    Fine when able to attack the ball but lack of mobility exposed a number of times by Tevez. Volleyed a good chance wide at the other end.

  • José Bosingwa
    20
    12
    2.50

    José Bosingwa

    Decent enough performance from the Portuguese full-back but barely got a chance to offer an attacking threat.

  • Fabio Da Silva
    42
    11
    2.50

    Fabio Da Silva

    Committed display and showed good anticipation in the first-half to clear Dzeko's header off the line and make a last-ditch block on Silva.

  • Ji-Sung Park
    78
    77
    1.50

    Ji-Sung Park Flop of the Match

    A virtually anonymous performance from the South Korean. Did plenty of running but couldn't get near the City midfield and lacked invention on the ball.

  • Alejandro Faurlin
    10
    19
    2.00

    Alejandro Faurlin

    Played some neat passes but didn't have the attacking options in front of him, while he seemed to tire in the second-half before being replaced by Dyer in the 72nd minute.

  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
    20
    18
    2.00

    Shaun Wright-Phillips

    Looked to run at the City defence on his return to his former club but didn't have much luck as he was squeezed off the ball.

  • Esteban Granero
    66
    11
    2.00

    Esteban Granero

    The Spaniard could hardly have asked for a tougher QPR debut but showed glimpses of his class and his set-pieces will threaten opponents.

  • Andy Johnson
    19
    16
    2.00

    Andy Johnson

    Had very little service but played a starring role in Zamora's goal, making a direct run and testing Hart with a powerful shot.

  • B. Zamora
    21
    11
    2.50

    B. Zamora

    On hand to turn the ball home in the 59th minute but on the whole a frustrating afternoon as he was isolated and muscled away from the ball.

Substitutions

  • Nedum Onuoha
    18
    8
    2.50

    Nedum Onuoha

    Came on for Ferdinand in the 67th minute to face his former club. Strong at set-pieces - both in defence and attack.

  • Kieron Dyer
    14
    11

    Kieron Dyer

    Replaced Faurlin in the 72nd minute but had little impact.

  • Djibril Cissé
    13
    10

    Djibril Cissé

    Replaced Granero five minutes from time.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0