Barton hails fans after QPR triumph

first_imgSkipper Joey Barton hailed QPR’s fans after Rangers’ dramatic win against Stoke at Loftus Road.Djibril Cisse’s late goal means the R’s will definitely stay up if they get a point at Manchester City next weekend.Barton told Sky: “A massive part is the atmosphere the fans created. It was electric. I wouldn’t want to play in front of that as an opposition player. It gives us such momentum.“People wrote us off and said our run-in was very tough, but we stayed compact as a unit and kept chipping away.“We’re now in a position with one game to go where we’re still the masters of own destiny.“If you’d said that to me 10 games ago I’d have snapped your hand off and I’m sure most QPR fans would have felt the same.”More reaction to follow.Click here for the QPR v Stoke quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Germany vs Argentina: FIFA World Cup 2014 Final, Rio de Janeiro

first_imgArgentina’s Lionel Messi fights for the ball against Germany in World Cup final With two quick and sublimely deft touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany’s 24-year wait for another World Cup title. Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to a few moments of individual skill.Goetze, who wasn’t born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and in one fluid motion volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero and inside the far post from five yards out.It was a goal that gave Germany its fourth World Cup title in its eighth final, and left Argentina star Lionel Messi still walking in the shadow of his compatriot Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 title.Goetze went on as a substitute for Miroslav Klose toward the end of regulation time and the 22-year-old midfielder’s fresh legs made the difference.Team Lineups(from):Germany: Manuel Neuer; Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Howedes; Philipp Lahm, Christoph Kramer (Andre Schurrle, 31st), Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil (Per Mertesacker, 120th); Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose (Mario Gotze, 88th).Argentina: Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo; Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez (Fernando Gago, 86th); Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain (Rodrigo Palacio, 78th), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Sergio Aguero, 46th)last_img read more