Queens Park Rangers have done the unthinkable, defeating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. Shawn Wright-Phillips was the hero, netting the only goal in a 1-0 victory.
The first half was relatively uneventful, much like the first match of the season between these two sides. Marko Marin produced the most interesting incident of the half, and it wasn't a scoring chance. He probably should have been sent off in the 3rd minute for a terrible challenge on Stephane Mbia, but was shown just a yellow by Lee Mason.
Chelsea absolutely battered the QPR goal from early on in the second half and was extremely unlucky not to score multiple times in the first 10 minutes of the period. Marin set up Victor Moses for a close-range chance that went just wide in the opening minutes of the half, while Frank Lampard went close multiple times. Fernando Torres also had an excellent chance early in the half, but was denied by a Julio Cesar save.
Frank Lampard appeared to score Chelsea's opener in the 66th minute, only to have it ruled out for offside. It was an extremely close decision and it would have been difficult to fault the linesman either way, but Lampard appeared to be just a hair onside.
Following that chance, QPR came to life, perhaps feeling a bit of a sense of urgency. They pushed forward with regularity until their stunning goal came following a corner kick in the 77th minute. Wright-Phillips was the scorer, placing an excellent shot to the far post from 20 yards off a touch by Adel Taarabt.
The Blues only managed a couple of half-chances from then until the end, as QPR did very well to hang onto their lead. Rangers had struggled throughout the holiday period until this point, while Chelsea have been on an excellent run, but both sides might see their fortunes reversed by this result.