Niko Kranjcar's late free kick claims a point for QPR in 2-2 draw with Stoke



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Queens Park Rangers' Niko Kranjcar scores against Stoke City during the English Premier League soccer match at Loftus Road, London, Saturday Sept. 20. 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Adam Davy) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE


Stoke City's Mame Biram Diouf, right, scores against Queens Park Rangers during the English Premier League soccer match at Loftus Road, London, Saturday Sept. 20. 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Adam Davy) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE


LONDON — Niko Kranjcar curled in a late free kick as Queens Park Rangers twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Stoke in the Premier League on Saturday.

Mame Biram Diouf headed Stoke in front from close range in the 11th minute after Peter Crouch held off defender Rio Ferdinand to nod the ball to his strike partner.

After Steven Caulker leveled just before halftime, Crouch restored Stoke's lead in the 51st, which lasted until Kranjcar bent the free kick into the net in the 88th.

"It's a huge disappointment," Crouch told BT Sport television. "It was a great free kick but if you don't go and get the three or four goals, you're always susceptible to that.

"It was a bit of a sucker blow, it's hard to take but if you don't punish teams you're always susceptible to drawing a game."

The draw leaves Stoke and QPR with just one win each after five league games.

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