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Saturday, 28 July, 2001, 17:31 GMT 18:31 UK
Rangers rock sluggish Chelsea
Gavin Peacock scored QPR's third
Gavin Peacock capped a fine afternoon for Rangers
QPR 3-1 Chelsea

Rangers deservedly got the better of their west London rivals as stunning strikes from Karl Connolly and Gavin Peacock capped an impressive fightback.

Chelsea hardly looked a 50m outfit as they laboured in the heat, but they did catch Rangers out with the opening goal on nine minutes.

Gianfranco Zola's defence-splitting pass to Jesper Gronkjaer on the left saw the Dane bear down on goal before curling the ball home for a fine opener.

The home side responded in style when an inch-perfect pass from Connolly was controlled first time by Leroy Griffiths, who rifled a left-foot shot across Ed de Goey and into the far corner.

Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Hasselbaink wasted a great chance for Chelsea

A complete miskick from Rangers goalkeeper Chris Day gifted Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink a chance, but the striker volleyed wide from only six yards.

Day made up for the error with a string of fine saves in the second-half, including point-blank stops from Mario Stanic twice and Eidur Gudjohnsen.

But Rangers finished the stronger and Connolly fired them in front when he hammered an unstoppable shot past a bemused Mark Bosnich from the edge of the box.

Then Peacock's marvellous finish after a one-two with Andy Thomson rounded off a great afternoon for Rangers.

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