QPR keeper Seny Dieng scores a dramatic injury time equaliser to snatch what ended being a very late draw at Sunderland on Saturday.
A remarkable first half of football for the hosts side forced a two-goal lead at half time, as Ross Stewart and Ellis Simms once again got themselves on the scoresheet.
The West London outfit however fought back, pulling off an unlikely comeback at the Stadium of Light, with Ilias Chair netting with a free-kick with three minutes remaining and Dieng then going forward for a corner in the final moments and scoring to leave many inside the ground shocked.
Seny Dieng, that’s the tweet!
— QPR FC (@QPR) August 13, 2022
A difficult start for the Black Cats ensued just moments into the game when Dan Ballard was struck on his ankle by a QPR man, and was subsequently taken off as he struggled to put weight on the affected leg. He was replaced by Luke O’Nien, who slotted into the defence.
The first chance came for Sunderland following a clever move, starting from Dan Neil in the middle of the park. Out to the left flank, Alex Pritchard got the ball and played an exchange with Jack Clarke, before chipping in for Stewart. His knockdown found Simms, and his effort went straight down the throat of ‘keeper Dieng.
At the other end, QPR got their first opportunity 18 minutes in as they broke down the left-hand side. Olamide Shodipo found space to loft the ball to the back post, but his opposite winger Albert Adomah headed off target unmarked.
But the opener arrived on the half-hour mark to raise the roof on Wearside when Stewart’s recovery pass to Clarke enabled him to find Pritchard, who got past two men before laying off Neil. His strike was saved well by Dieng, but Stewart himself arrived with rebound to give the North East side the lead.
Efforts at goal continued throughout the first half, Corry Evans’ volley taken in by Dieng before Lyndon Dykes’ deflected strike arrowed just over from 25 yards. Alex Pritchard’s free-kick then went wide from left of centre.
And with six minutes left of the half, it was 2-0. Evans’ nice touch then saw Lynden Gooch loft the ball to Simms, who touched down for Pritchard. A challenge on him saw the ball run back into the path of the forward, who finished well to double the advantage.
The final action of the half saw Danny Batth and Pritchard block efforts from Adomah and Chair respectively, as a superb first half saw the Lads in 2-0 ahead at the break.
Tyler Roberts replaced Adomah at the interval, and took on QPR’s first two shots of the second half – one a speculative effort high and wide, and the second a much better opportunity which was struck wide from 15 yards.
Patrick Roberts came on for Sunderland on the hour mark, replacing Simms in a second change of the match. He worked Sunderland’s next effort on target, cutting in on his favoured left foot before firing at Dieng.
He then went close again with 20 minutes remaining, latching onto an excellent outside-boot ball from Clarke, before curling inches past the post.
A foul on the edge of the box would then prove beneficial for Queens Park Rangers as they lined up a free-kick just right of centre. Chair stepped up, and it went straight into the top corner to halve the deficit.
QPR pushed on, and three minutes into the four for stoppage time, Anthony Patterson’s excellent stop denied Shodipo. The resulting corner was only half-cleared, and a ball in from the left presented goalkeeper Dieng a chance to nod in a second for Michael Beale’s side. A handy unexpected point for the new Championship season.
SUNDERLAND AFC: Patterson, Ballard (O’Nien 9’), Batth, Cirkin, Gooch, Evans ©, Neil (Embleton 88’), Clarke, Pritchard (Wright 88’), Simms (Roberts 60’), Stewart.
Subs not used: Bass, Alese, Diamond.
Queens Park Rangers: Dieng, Kakay, Dickie, Dunne, Hamalainen (Bonne 90’), Field, Johansen (Dozzell 75’), Shodipo (Armstrong 81’), Adomah (Roberts 46’), Chair, Dykes.
Subs not used: Walsh, Masterson, Gubbins.
Fans reacted as QPR keeper Seny Dieng scores an injury time equaliser to snatch a very late draw at Sunderland…
@qprfanellie: MAN OF THE MATCH
@8ates_: Jesus lord you can my whole family seny
@zakkjoness: This is what he does
@mateyjames01: where are the near post doubters now my keeper 😤
@richardjacobs1: Right up there in the most memorable goal list. 💙🤍
@qprfranny: Can’t stop watching this
@officleemack: SUPER! SUPER SEN! SUPER! SUPER SEN! SUPER! SUPER SEN! SUPER SENY DIENG 🥵😍😍😍🥵
@hazzacarter: Seny Dieng. 74 games for the club and he has a 100% shots to goals conversion rate. Absolutely outstanding. #QPR
@ElTel98419113: Love when qpr players are celebrating diengs goal like mad Sinclair Armstrong’s gone straight for the ball and the centre circle to go win the game. #qpr
— Andrew Nicholson (@guppy12345) August 13, 2022