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Liverpool profited from an own
goal in the fifth minute of injury
time to escape with a 3-2 win over
Queens Park Rangers yesterday
after one of the most chaotic fin-
ishes to a Premier League game.
Four goals were scored in a pul-
sating final eight minutes at Loftus
Road---the last unwitting netted by
Steven Caulker, who turned the ball
into his own goal to gift Liverpool
a fortunate victory.
A madcap finale began in the
LONDON---Chelsea manager Jose
Mourinho says he is unsure when
Diego Costa will return from injury
and has attacked the Spanish national
team for its treatment of the striker.
Costa, whose nagging hamstring
problems are being carefully managed
by Chelsea, missed the 2-1 win over
Crystal Palace on Saturday after playing
back-to-back games for Spain during
the two-week international break.
In sarcastic comments to the BBC,
Mourinho says "Costa went to the
national team, he played two big
matches against Slovakia and Luxem-
bourg, and he came back in conditions
where he s not available to play for his
Mourinho added Costa "will play
for me when he has free time from the
Costa has scored nine goals in seven
league games for Chelsea, which is top
by five points.
LONDON---Queen s Park Rangers
manager Harry Redknapp has publicly
questioned the work ethic of his
winger Adel Taarabt, saying the
Morocco international is refusing to
train properly and is "about three
Redknapp says Taarabt is "not fit to
play football, unfortunately, he played
in a reserve team game the other day,
and I could have run about more than
Speaking after yesterday s 3-2 loss
to Liverpool in which Taarabt was not
involved, Redknapp added "what am
I supposed to keep saying, Keep getting
your 60, 70 (thousand pounds) a week
but don t train? What s the game com-
The 25-year-old Taarabt has been
restricted to three games this season
because of ankle problems. He spent
the second half of last season on loan
at AC Milan.
Mourinho unsure when
injured Costa will return
QPR coach launches
public attack on Taarabt
67th minute when QPR defender
Richard Dunne put Liverpool 1-0 ahead
with his record-extending 10th own
goal in the Premier League.
Liverpool s second straight win left
QPR in last place and increased the
pressure on its manager Harry Red-
Stoke came from behind to beat
Swansea 2-1 in the other game, with
Jonathan Walters heading in a 76th-
Liverpool climbed to fifth in the
standings after an error-strewn display
that heightened the concerns about its
brittle defense, particularly with back-
to-back games against Real Madrid
coming up in the Champions League.
"We re coming up over the next fort-
night against the best team in Europe
and we have to defend better than that,"
said Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard,
who said he was in a "state of shock"
after the crazy finish to the match.
After 28 goals in seven games on Sat-
urday, including an 8-0 win for
Southampton and a four-goal haul for
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero,
there s still time for more drama in an
incident-packed eighth round of the
Premier League when Manchester Unit-
ed visits West Bromwich Albion on
The frantic nature of the closing
stages may spare Mario Balotelli from
criticism after another below-par display
from the Italy striker, capped by a dread-
ful miss from about seven meters out
in front of an empty goal in the 61st.
Balotelli s performance contrasted
with that of Liverpool winger Raheem
Sterling, who has been the subject of
headlines in the British media this
week for telling England manager Roy
Hodgson that he was too tired to play
an international game last weekend.
Sterling was ubiquitous against QPR,
with his foraging runs upfield in injury
time helping set up Philippe Coutin-
ho s goal that made it 2-1 and then
Caulker s match-clinching interven-
tion. Sterling was also instrumental
in the opening goal by playing a quick
free kick to Johnson, whose cross was
deflected in by Dunne.
"It was great courage and cleverness
from him today," Liverpool manager
Brendan Rodgers said of Sterling.
Chile forward Eduardo Vargas
equalized twice for QPR, first in the
87th minute with his first Premier
League goal and again in the second
minute of stoppage time with a header
from a corner.
QPR is bottom on goal difference
but Redknapp is defiant about his
future at the club.
"I can t do any more and there isn t
anyone (who) could do any better here
at the moment than me, I don t think,"
At Britannia Stadium, Swansea
striker Wilfried Bony and Stoke mid-
fielder Charlie Adam scored first-half
penalties before Walters earned the
hosts back-to-back wins with a pow-
erful header from Oussama Assaidi s
in dramatic finish
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, right,
and Steven Gerrard celebrate after
Queen's Park Rangers' Steven
Caulker scored an own goal during
their English Premier League
soccer match at Loftus Road,
London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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