QPR vs Liverpool: Roy Hodgson leaves 10 minutes before end, misses best climax in recent memory

There were four goals in the final seven minutes at Loftus Road

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England manager Roy Hodgson was in attendance for one of the most thrilling climaxes to a Premier League game in recent memory, however he missed all the excitement.

With Liverpool leading 1-0 against QPR thanks to a fortunate own goal scored by Richard Dunne, Hodgson took his chance to evade the press, and perhaps, Brendan Rodgers too, by taking his leave of the directors’ box with around ten minutes of the game left.

Just moments later, the madness began.

Eduardo Vargas’ first equaliser for QPR on 87 minutes came when the ball he played into the area with the outside of his right foot was headed back across by Charlie Austin and he was able to volley it first time past Simon Mignolet.

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Within three minutes, Liverpool were in the lead again when that man Raheem Sterling carried the ball forward, played in Steven Gerrard who found Coutinho. The Brazilian picked out the far corner of Alex McCarthy’s goal.


Then, in injury time, Vargas struck again with a near post header that crept over Mignolet’s line. On the bench, Redknapp mustered his players for one final push and so it was they were caught out on the counter-attack. A free-kick was cleared, Coutinho picked out Sterling and his ball was run into the QPR net by Steven Caulker.

It was four goals in seven minutes, which, if he was lucky, Hodgson would have heard on his chauffeur’s radio, somewhere around Hammersmith.