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No Balotelli and no win for City at QPR

Manchester City started what seems certain to be life without Mario Balotelli with a frustrating goalless draw at Premier League bottom club Queens Park Rangers. Balotelli was missing as he concluded the details of his move to AC Milan after City had accepted the Italian club’s reported £19 million offer for the striker earlier in the day.

And without the controversial forward, Roberto Mancini’s champions missed out on the chance to close the gap on leaders Manchester United to two points. But the draw left QPR within four points of safety.

Balotelli’s departure this month has been predicted for some time and the Italy international has been out of favour with Mancini, scoring just one league goal this season. But the 22-year-old’s unpredictable talents might just have made the difference in a stalemate at Loftus Road that will give west London club QPR hope they can avoid relegation.

Harry Redknapp’s side remain unbeaten in the league since the turn of the year. City were dominant from the start although frustratingly from manager Mancini’s point of view, they were unable to find the finish that would have put them in control of the game.
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