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Júlio César stars as QPR hold Manchester City

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Fresh from his recall to the Brazil squad for next month's friendly encounter with England, Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Júlio César turned in a momentous performance to maintain the 0-0 scoreline.

Júlio César, 33, found himself widely doubted upon arrival in England following an inconsistent final year at Inter Milan, but has turned in a string of top quality performances to win back his place in the Brazil setup.

On a wet and windy night at Loftus Road, it was the Brazilian who came up trumps once more for his side, making two wonderful second-half saves to ensure that his side's clean sheet was upheld.

A poor punch from a corner in the opening minutes proved to be the gloveman's only mistake of the game, as he appeared to adapt quickly to the difficult conditions and assist his defence from City's numerous corners.

Reaction saves from both Gareth Barry and David Silva in the second-half will rightfully grab the headlines, but the former Inter Milan keeper's presence in the area is becoming a major reason behind QPR's revival.

Besides the goalkeeper, Manchester United-loanee Fábio also had a good game on the right of midfield, while Maicon was absent for the visitors through injury.

 
 

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