Pienaar sent off at QPR

2012-10-21 19:23

London - Everton lost ground on the top three in the English Premier League on Sunday after they were held to a 1-1 draw at bottom side Queens Park Rangers.

But David Moyes's side will be thankful for a point after they played the last half-hour with 10 men after the sending off of former Bafana Bafana skipper Steven Pienaar.

The result left them still three points behind Manchester United and Manchester City, with Chelsea four points clear at the top.

Fourth-placed Everton began the day hoping to close to within one point of the two teams immediately above them, United and City.

But after Pienaar was sent off for a second booking just after the hour mark, they were under the cosh from QPR and did well to take a point from the match.

Junior Hoilett had given QPR a dream start with a breakaway goal after just two minutes but Everton equalised on 33 minutes when Sylvain Distin's header rebounded off the post, hit goalkeeper Juilo Cesar and rolled over the line.

Phil Jagielka hit the bar with a header before half-time but Everton's momentum was ended when Pienaar was sent off for a second booking.

QPR had chances to pinch a winner and goalkeeper Tim Howard had to save Everton on a number of occasions as the two sides eventually settled for a draw.


  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-10-21 20:04

    It was never a second yellow, but given the state of refereeing in the Premier League of late, it was not surprising.

  • thabani.dube.988 - 2012-10-21 20:05

    Be careful Steven, this could be a sign. Apologise to your countrymen before its too late.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-10-21 21:50

    Big deal mr editor,

  • nare.ledwaba - 2012-10-22 10:33

    we don't care wat happened to that traitor

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-10-22 12:12

      Why would a player who gave almost 10 years of his life to SA football be called a traitor just because he retires from international football?

      dave.e.richman - 2012-10-23 10:36

      Well said Ferret :) As soon as I saw this article, I KNEW there would be idiotic comments from these buffoons..... "Traitor" : Noun: One who betrays one's country, a cause, or a trust, especially one who commits treason. As you said, 10 years service for Bafana..... 60 caps.... and literally hundreds of thousands of kilometres travelled ..... Hardly a modern-day Benedict Arnold huh?

  • cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-10-22 10:59

    It was never a second yellow card, bt anywer such is the refereeing in EPL, u dont touch a player in possession of the ball, bt i like yo new look haircut, kip it up boy!

  • kgomotso.hlatshwayo - 2012-10-23 12:03

    I think its easy for African players to be booked in the Premier League. I've been checking out all the soft yellow cards and reds too. This is a sing from them to tell you that you not welcomed there and maybe the you guys should start being proud of your own heritage and come back home. The Premier League is just overrated. The PSL has got money now if that's what you after.

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