QPR have ended Chelsea’s 100% winning start to the season by forcing a 0-0 draw at Loftus Road.
Much of the contest was centred around the pre-match handshake involving R’s defender Anton Ferdinand and Blues stars John Terry and Ashley Cole which dates back to October last year when Terry was accused of racial abuse towards Ferdinand.
The QPR player decided he would snub both Terry and Cole prior to the match which failed to live up to expectations as neither side supplied a cutting edge in the final third.
Eden Hazard had the best early chance with new R’s keeper Julio Cesar denying him from close range in the fourth minute before the Brazilian was again called on to keep out Fernando Torres’ goalbound attempt after a great Chelsea build-up.
QPR were much better in the second half and should have gone ahead when Esteban Granero picked out unmarked captain Park Ji-sung but the South Korean could only direct his header straight at a grateful Petr Cech who would have been beaten either side.
In the 77th minute, Bobby Zamora had another great opportunity for the home side when Chelsea gifted them the chance but Terry had managed to get back to clear off the line before Blues substitute Victor Moses forced another good save from Cesar.
It was a hard-fought affair apart from the aforementioned chances but in the end neither side could break the deadlock as QPR grabbed their second point of the season with Chelsea remaining top despite the failure to win a fourth straight fixture.
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