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Swansea 4-1 QPR


Michu: Bagged a brace

Michu: Bagged a brace

Michu scored twice as Swansea ended QPR's five-match unbeaten run in emphatic style with a 4-1 win at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.


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Michael Laudrup's side beat QPR 5-0 at Loftus Road on the opening day of the season and Harry Redknapp's side got off to a similar start in South Wales as Michu put Swansea ahead after just eight minutes.

Nathan Dyer, returning to the side in place of the injured Leon Britton, saw a shot beaten away by Julio Cesar but only as far as the Spaniard who bundled home his 17th goal of the season, ending a mini drought of six games without finding the net.

Angel Rangel doubled the scoreline on 18 minutes when he latched onto Wayne Routledge's through ball and beat Cesar at the second attempt.

Swansea dominated the first half and QPR failed to produce a single shot, the performance marred only by an injury to Chico which saw the defender leave the field on a stretcher.

Redknapp made two changes at half-time and the substitutions paid off immediately as Bobby Zamora, a replacement for Jamie Mackie, turned in Adel Taarabt's rebounded shot to halve the deficit.

The goal put the visitors back in the game but any hopes of a revival were extinguished two minutes later as Pablo Hernandez scored a magnificent solo effort from a tight angle.

QPR thought they should have had a penalty on 57 minutes when Ashley Williams appeared to handle the ball inside his own penalty area, before Stephane Mbia saw a shot cleared off the line by Kyle Bartley.

Michu added his second on 67 minutes when he raced behind Christopher Samba to meet Dyer's through ball before beating Cesar with a composed finish.

Shaun Wright-Phillips hit the crossbar in stoppage time as QPR fell to defeat for the first time in five Premier League games, leaving the bottom club six points away from safety.

Posted: 09/02/13 18:13

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