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Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, right, scores past Queens Park Rangers' goalkeeper Robert Green during
the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad
Stadium, Manchester, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
LONDON---Manchester United s
Champions League exile is all but
Liverpool s hopes of finishing in
the Premier League s top four effec-
tively ended with a 1-1 draw at
Chelsea yesterday. Liverpool is six
points behind United with two games
remaining and Louis van Gaal s
fourth-place team has a far superior
But with Arsenal two points ahead
of United with two games in hand,
Van Gaal might well have to go
through a playoff in August to reach
the lucrative Champions League
Returning United to the European
elite was Van Gaal s priority after
David Moyes failure last season fol-
lowing Alex Ferguson s retirement.
Queens Park Rangers, though, is
heading into the League Champi-
A day after Burnley was relegated,
QPR also made an instant return to
the second tier after losing 6-0 at
City was playing for the first time
since surrendering the Premier
League trophy to Chelsea last week-
end, with Sergio Aguero scoring a
At Stamford Bridge, Liverpool
players lined a blue carpet as they
welcomed their victorious Chelsea
rivals onto the field.
"They deserved a guard of honour
but it certainly wasn t nice doing it,"
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard
Liverpool s defence was equally
hospitable in the fifth minute when
Chelsea captain John Terry was able
to rise to head Cesc Fabregas corner
into the net.
It was Terry s 39th Premier League
goal---a record for a defender with
none coming from penalties---fol-
lowing an 18th assist from Fabregas
in his first season at Chelsea.
Gerrard was taunted by Chelsea
fans throughout the game over his
slip in their game last April which
allowed the London club to score
and damage its rival s title hopes.
A year later, Gerrard is preparing
to end his lifelong association with
Liverpool at the end of the month
having never won the Premier
But the Los Angeles Galaxy-bound
player did score his first goal against
Chelsea in a decade. Gerrard was left
unmarked at the end of the first half
to meet Jordan Henderson s free kick
with a header.
When the 34-year-old midfielder
was substituted in the second half,
even the Chelsea fans applauded the
player who has only two games
remaining in a Liverpool shirt.
Given the abuse he has faced since
rejecting a move to Chelsea, Gerrard
hardly welcomed the gesture.
"I was more happy with the ova-
tion from the Liverpool fans," Gerrard
said. "I think Chelsea fans have
showed respect for me for a couple
of seconds but they have slaughtered
me all game. ... It was nice of them
to turn up for once today."
It seems unlikely Gerrard will
return to the Premier League on a
short-term deal after committing
his future to Major League Soccer---
unlike former Chelsea midfielder
Frank Lampard, who signed up Man-
chester City after being presented
by New York City FC last July.
Lampard s spell at City is ending
without a trophy but he helped the
2014 champions strengthen its grip
on second place with a rout that
ended QPR s topflight status.
Aguero took only four minutes to
sore by dinking the ball over goal-
keeper Rob Green.
Aleksandar Kolarov doubled City s
lead directly from a free kick, Aguero
netted again at the start of the sec-
ond half and completed his hat trick
from the penalty spot after David
Silva was bundled over by Matt
After Aguero took his tally for the
season to 31 goals, James Milner and
Silva compounded QPR s humiliation
"Everybody is very disappointed
we ve lost our status in the Premier
League but knew coming here today
it was going to be very, very difficult
and we would have obviously rather
performed better than that," QPR
manager Chris Ramsey said. "The
club s in a rebuilding phase now."
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