QPR beats Liverpool 3-2 after trailing 2-0

Updated: Mar 22, 2012, 12:22 PM IST

London: Queens Park Rangers substitute Jamie Mackie scored in injury time on Wednesday to complete his team`s comeback from 2-0 down and beat Liverpool 3-2 in the Premier League.

Relegation-threatened QPR trailed to second-half goals by Sebastian Coates and Dirk Kuyt before Shaun Derry gave the home side hope with a 77th-minute header.

Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse leveled the scores nine minutes later before Mackie slotted past goalkeeper Jose Reina to secure the west Londoners three points.

Liverpool had dominated the first half but could not find a way through until nine minutes after the break when Coates scored his first goal for the club with a brilliant scissor-kick. Dirk Kuyt made it 2-0 soon after with a close-range tap in and the home fans made clear their disappointment when they booed off captain Joey Barton.

Derry then scored with a header, Cisse headed his third goal in four games and the Loftus Road fans erupted in the 91st when substitute Mackie put the ball between Reina`s legs for a win QPR had never looked like achieving.

At Liverpool, Thomas Vermaelen scored with an early header to give Arsenal a 1-0 win at Everton that moved it up to third place in the Premier League.

Vermaelen headed in from Robin van Persie`s corner to secure a sixth straight league win and move the Gunners above local rival Tottenham.

Everton played well and looked to have equalized in the 31st but Royston Drenthe was ruled offside.

Arsenal is a point clear of north London rivals Spurs with nine games left to play and looks good to secure a Champions League berth. Fifth-placed Chelsea is now six points back.

After the players emerged from the tunnel wearing T-shirts to show their support for former Arsenal midfielder Fabrice Muamba following his cardiac arrest, it was the visitors who set the early tempo.

Having already miscued one decent opportunity in front of goal in the sixth minute, Ramsey won a corner with a blocked shot moments later and from Van Persie`s delivery, Vermaelen found the space to nod the Gunners into the lead.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard then got down to keep out an effort from Van Persie before Leon Osman headed the Toffees` first attempt at goal wide.

The home side began to settle a little and the players thought they had equalized when Drenthe slotted in at the end of a passing move. The effort was ruled out for offside in a decision that enraged Everton boss David Moyes. Replays indicated that Drenthe had been onside when the ball had been played to him.

At Tottenham, Spurs needed an injury-time equalizer from Rafael van der Vaart to avoid a fourth straight Premier League defeat and draw 1-1 with Stoke.

Spurs lost their previous three games to Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton and fell behind again at White Hart Lane to Cameron Jerome`s 75th-minute goal.

Van der Vaart leveled with a header from Gareth Bale`s cross but Tottenham`s challenge for third place and automatic Champions League qualification took another hit.

Tottenham players warmed up for the game wearing T-shirts bearing the slogan "Get Well Soon Fabrice`` in support of Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed at White Hart Lane on Saturday suffering from a cardiac arrest.

Bureau Report