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Tevez dominates as Man City beats QPR 3-1

Associated Press Modified: September 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm •  Published: September 1, 2012

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Carlos Tevez scored in his fourth straight game as defending champion Manchester City beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1 on Saturday in the Premier League.

On strike for most of last season, the Argentina international played a role in all three of his team's goals at the Etihad Stadium as City moved fourth, two points behind league leaders Chelsea.

Yaya Toure opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a strong left-foot strike after Tevez' angled shot was blocked following a corner.

QPR equalized in the 59th against the run of play after City goalkeeper Joe Hart saved a powerful drive from Andy Johnson but Bobby Zamora reacted far quicker than the City defense to head in the ball from close range.

Tevez helped put City ahead again just two minutes later, with Edin Dzeko heading in his pinpoint cross.

Dzeko returned the favor in stoppage time when the Bosnian striker's shot, which was going wide, was deflected in by Tevez for his 50th league goal for City.

City, which beat QPR at the same ground to clinch the league title last season, dominated while occasionally looking vulnerable against the side managed by their former manager, Mark Hughes.

Watched by Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho ahead of their Champions League meeting on Sept. 18, City quickly established control with Toure dominating the midfield.

QPR survived a scare in the first minute when Dzeko, starting for the first time this season, glanced a header wide from a corner.

Dzeko went even closer when he was first to meet another corner but this time Fabio da Silva, on loan from Manchester United, did well to hack off the line.

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