QPR vs Manchester City
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (2nd R) shoots to score past Queens Park Rangers' goalkeeper Robert Green (R) during their English Premier League soccer match at Loftus Road in London on 8 November 2014Reuters

Defending English champions Manchester City were unable to close the gap between them and current leaders Chelsea as they were held in a 2-2 draw by Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Sergio Aguero proved to be the hero for City as he salvaged a point for his side by scoring a brace to cancel out Charlie Austin and Martin Demichelis (own goal) strikes.

The game started in a controversial manner as the referee disallowed two goals from Austin in the opening ten minutes at Loftus road.

While the striker's eighth minute strike was rightly ruled out as he had headed home from a clear offside position, the referee's decision to rule out Austin's second goal after a minute was very controversial.

Joe Hart mis-hit a free-kick straight into Austin's path and the striker made no mistakes as he slotted the ball home. However, the referee ruled out the goal and allowed Hart to retake the free-kick as the English goalkeeper had apparently touched the ball with his opposite foot before sending the ball into the former Burnley striker's path.

The two ruled-out goals did not seem to dampen QPR's spirits as they again nearly found the nets in the 15th minute through Austin. Bobby Zamora did excellently to tee up Austin and the striker fired a venomous effort that was kept out by Hart with an equally good save.

The Hoops' continued attacks did not go in vain as Austin finally found the nets and broke the deadlock in the 21st minute. Mauricio Isla, after managing to slip past Gael Clichy, fired an excellent low-cross towards Austin, who again made no mistakes as he fired past Hart into the bottom left corner of the net.

Despite their below par performance, City did manage to net the equaliser through Sergio Aguero, who after receiving a brilliant lofted ball from Mangala, did brilliantly to control the ball before firing the ball home past Robert Green.

The hosts threatened to retake the lead in the closing stages of the first half, but Hart again came to their rescue as he kept out two efforts from Austin.

After the break, City started taking control of the game and putting the QPR defence under pressure as a last ditch tackle from Isla prevented Aguero from converting Jesus Navas' low cross from the right flank in the opening stages of the second half.

Moments later Yaya Toure, after bulldozing his way past a couple of QPR defenders, sent a good low cross towards Aguero but the Argentine's effort was wide of the target.

QPR regained their momentum at the hour mark as Fernando was forced to make a sliding challenge to prevent Zamora from converting Austin's excellent low cross.

However, the Brazilian defender's block proved to be in vain as QPR retook the lead through an own-goal from Demichelis, who turned Austin's cross into his own net following some pressure from Zamora in the 76th minute.

Just as it looked like City were heading towards yet another Premier League defeat this season, Aguero struck in the 83rd minute to salvage a point for his side.

The Argentine did brilliantly to being down an excellent lofted pass from Toure before turning around and slotting the ball past a helpless Green.

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