Date: 23rd September 2014 at 11:05am
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NIKO Kranjcar curled home a sumptuous late free-kick to earn Queens Park Rangers a point against Mark Hughes’ Stoke City.

The Croatian international was the creative spark for the hosts throughout, as the organised and street-wise visitors look to stifle and strangle proceedings.

The Potters had the lead when Victor Moses turned Mauricio Isla inside out before former QPR forward Peter Crouch was able to nod down for Mame Biram Diouf to open the scoring.

More than a hint of a foul about the opener but Rangers managed to level shortly before half time. Jordon Mutch’s corner was headed goal-bound by Steven Caulker only for Crouch and Charlie Adam to bundle the ball over the line.

Renewed hope of a victory was soon crushed when Isla gifted possession to Moses, who in turn squared for an unmarked Crouch to power beyond Rob Green – his celebration was modest against his former club.

It was Croatian Kranjcar who had the last laugh as his invention earned a free-kick – via the aid of a wild challenge by Ryan Shawcross. He stepped up and fired an unstoppable free-kick to have each side a deserved share of the spoils.