QPR Beat Chelsea 1-0


Heldar Helguson earned Queens Park Rangers, QPR, the bragging rights in a feisty west London derby win over nine-man Chelsea today.

The Icelandic striker scored the only goal of the game from the spot on 10 minutes, after a sloppy David Luiz challenge on him.

And that was before referee Chris Foy sent off Jose Bosingwa for a professional foul and Didier Drogba for a two-footed lunge.

According to the Sun, the Blues were forced to play for 50 minutes without the duo, but can draw pride from the fact they did not ship any more goals with the handicap.

QPR were good value for the win, but sub Nicolas Anelka should have earned the visitors a point when, unmarked, he headed straight at Paddy Kenny with 10 minutes to go.

John Terry, Drogba and Juan Mata all returned as Chelsea made five changes.

Adel Taarabt was back in the QPR line-up, while Clint Hill also started a day after being recalled from his loan spell at Nottingham Forest.

The away supporters might have had something to celebrate twice inside four minutes when Daniel Sturridge scuffed his shot and David Luiz was unable to control Frank Lampard’s free-kick on his chest.

And the Brazilian’s habit of making daft challenges cost Chelsea in the eighth minute when they failed to deal with a long clearance and he nudged Helguson over in the box.

Referee Chris Foy pointed to the spot and Helguson snatched the ball from a far-from impressed Taraabt and sent the penalty into the top corner.

Chelsea tried to respond and Lampard blazed over from distance but they were lacking any fluency.

The visitors continued to boss possession but they were not creating anything of note.

And their afternoon took another turn for the worse in the 32nd minute when Bosingwa was controversially sent off.

The full-back hauled down Shaun Wright-Phillips when the winger threatened to burst clear, with Foy deeming the right-back to be last man and brandishing red.

Chelsea were livid with the decision, which was followed by Taraabt curling the resultant free-kick too close to Cech.

Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas sacrificed Sturridge for Branislav Ivanovic but his misery was far from over, with Drogba suicidally getting himself sent off four minutes before half-time.

The striker lunged in two footed on Taraabt and, unlike his other two major decisions, left Foy with little option.

Villas-Boas took action again in stoppage-time, withdrawing Mata for Nicolas Anelka.

It looked a lost cause for the nine men, who were sent out a full two minutes before their opponents at the start of the second half.

Incredibly, they went close to levelling straight away when Lampard was just beaten to Raul Meireles’ brilliant cross.

Paddy Kenny also flapped at a dangerous Ivanovic ball but they were soon hit on the break and Mikel was booked for upending Taraabt.

Lampard and Shaun Derry had to be dragged away from each other following a penalty-box scramble, with Foy booking both.

Luke Young screwed a great chance wide and Barton picked up a customary yellow for going in late on Terry.

Taraabt was withdrawn for Tommy Smith on the hour mark, the Moroccan also living up to his petulant reputation for storming down the tunnel.

Young got in behind again five minutes later but he drilled his cross straight at Cech.

Lampard was furious again midway through the half when he felt Fitz Hall had bundled him over in the box, only to see the officials unmoved.

Luiz was then booked for another poor challenge.

They had another penalty appeal turned down when Luiz hit the deck under a challenge from Helguson, Barton almost scored on the break, and Meireles was booked for dissent.

The latter was immediately withdrawn for Florent Malouda but there was no stopping the yellow tide, Ashley Cole almost made to pay for his booking when Helguson volleyed over from point-blank range.

Chelsea should have made him pay with just over 10 minutes left when Ivanovic put the ball on a plate for Anelka, who somehow headed the ball straight at Kenny from four yards.

Jamie Mackie replaced Derry but Chelsea wasted another great chance to level when Lampard deflected Luiz’s overhead kick over the crossbar.

With time running out, Villas-Boas made his feelings clear to the fourth official, while tempers flared late on when Terry closed down Kenny and the pair squared up on the six-yard line.

There was still time for Cole to nod a weak header at Kenny and Cech — of all people — to nearly get his head on the end of a free-kick.

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