Liverpool tops QPR after final barrage of goals
Liverpool scored a stunning 3-2 win over bottom side Queens Park Rangers with four goals coming in a frenzied seven-minute finale at Loftus Road as the drama continued in the Premier League on Sunday.
QPR’s Steven Caulker put the ball into his own net - the Rangers’ second own goal of the game - in the 95th minute to hand Liverpool the points after home substitute Eduardo Vargas had twice equalized in the last few minutes.
Liverpool’s last-gasp win was an amazing affair, with no hint of the dramatic finale as they held a 1-0 lead - thanks to Richard Dunne’s own goal in the 67th - with three minutes left.
Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers told Sky Sports: “QPR certainly didn’t deserve to lose. I thought we were very, very lucky to get the win.
“We showed tremendous character and were a little bit better in the second half, but QPR definitely deserved something from the game.”
It capped an extraordinary weekend, which on Saturday saw Sergio Aguero score all four goals for Manchester City in a 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Southampton also recorded their biggest top flight league win on Saturday with an 8-0 demolition of Sunderland.
The theatrics continued in Sunday’s late game with post-match recriminations following Stoke City’s 2-1 win over Swansea City, which featured two converted penalties.
Swansea Manager Garry Monk accused Stoke’s Victor Moses and referee Michael Oliver of cheating, an accusation which could land him in trouble with the FA.
Asked on Sky Sports if he blamed the referee or the player for Stoke’s penalty, Monk replied: “He [Moses] should be punished for diving. It was a clear dive, which is cheating.
“He has cheated the ref, and the ref has cheated us in terms of giving a decision that never was.”
The defeat meant Swansea, which was second at the end of August, slipped a place to eighth after a fifth league game without a win.
Liverpool ended the day in fifth up from 10th, Stoke climbed to 10th from 15th, while QPR stayed bottom.
Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, which saw two red cards, left them on top with 22 points from eight games, followed by Manchester City with 17, one ahead of Southampton.
The nine matches played so far this weekend have produced a season high total for one round of 36 goals before West Bromwich Albion host Manchester United on Monday.