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Middlesbrough 2-2 Man City: Jesus stuns bright Boro

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Middlesbrough, feeling hard done by a harsh refereeing decision, felt justice had been done when Calum Chambers bungled the ball into the back of the net with 13 minutes to go. What a result it would be in the relegation battle.

It was not to be. Gabriel Jesus, on his return from injury, scored a thumping header with five minutes remaining to peg back Boro for the second time, leaving the home side with a valuable point but a bitter taste in their mouths.

City had its first good effort on net after eight minutes as Sergio Aguero shifted to his left and looked for the top corner but the ball curled just over the bar.

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The game had little on net as it progressed past the half-hour mark, until Middlesbrough had a few half-chances. Marten De Roon put one over the bar under heavy pressure inside the penalty area, and then Stewart Downing also missed the target moments later.

With the home side impressing throughout the first half, matching City step for step, they managed to find a way in front. A Kevin De Bruyne cross was cut out by George Friend and it sparked a vicious break. Downing’s cross from the left was too far behind Friend, but it fell to Alvaro Negredo who fell as he shot, but managed to get the left-footed effort off the left post and into the back of the net as the home fans erupted. Negredo’s goal against his former club was only the beginning of his fantastic performance.

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After the break, Pep Guardiola kept the starting lineup out there momentarily, but quickly made a double change just four minutes in as he yanked off Aleix Garcia and Gael Clichy in favor of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling. They immediately made an impact as Sterling’s effort on net was only blocked last-ditch by Calum Chambers.

City began to attack with more vicious intent, and Sterling again had a shot blocked by Chambers’ face on 57 minutes. Their pressure bore fruit as Sane went down in the box under pressure from De Roon, and referee Kevin Friend pointed to the spot. The Middlesbrough players absolutely lost their minds, with both De Roon and Fabio earning yellow cards for dissent after the decision. At first glance of the replay there was a clear foul, but upon closer inspection it appeared Sane leaned heavily into the contact to draw the whistle.

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Aguero blasted the penalty in to leave little doubt as the score leveled at 1-1, with the home fans and players still incensed. Middlesbrough looked for a way back into the lead by bringing on Adama Traore, who immediately drew a yellow on Nicolas Otamendi for a foul on a breakaway.

Middlesbrough would eventually get justice for the penalty, as they went back in front with 13 minutes remaining. A free-kick was only parried awkwardly by Willy Caballero, and somehow City failed to clear with the ball pinging all over the box. Negredo somehow kept it alive with a back-heel, and eventually his shot was turned in clumsily by Chambers who wheeled away in delight.

Again though, the lead would not hold. Fabio fouled Sane on the left flank, and Aguero delivered a cross into the box, and only Jesus judged it correctly, cracking the header past Brad Guzan. That leveled things at 2-2, ripping the collective hearts out of Riverside Stadium. City pushed for a winner down the stretch in tense final minutes, but could not find the right formula. Aguero had to come off late with what looked to be a slight knock, a slight concern for City at the end.

The point for Middlesbrough sees them climb within four of Swansea City, who also drew a Manchester club earlier on Sunday. They still remain six points adrift of safety with Hull City well above, leaving the draw feeling like a brutal loss. For City, they keep pace with Manchester United, but cannot build any lead above their single point.

Middlesbrough 1-2 Arsenal: Sanchez, Ozil save Gunners again

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  • Sanchez’s free kick put Arsenal ahead in 42′
  • Negredo answered back 5 minutes into 2nd half
  • Ozil’s winner in 71′ keeps top-four dreams alive

Arsenal’s quest for a top-four finish has improved ever so slightly from where it stood two hours ago, though the Gunners’ performance in a 2-1 victory away to 19th-place Middlesbrough did very little to inspire confidence and relieve the pressure on Arsene Wenger.

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After an opening 40 minutes which saw very little in terms of scoring chances for either side, Alexis Sanchez broke the scoreless deadlock with a stunning free kick from 23 yards out (WATCH HERE). Brad Guzan, who returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Jan. 2 (in PL play), couldn’t move as the Chilean’s dead-ball strike cleared the wall and dipped under the crossbar.

The lead was short-lived, though, as Boro pulled level through Alvaro Negredo in the 50th minute. Stewart Downing hit the perfect cross to the top of the six-yard box, Laurent Koscielny whiffed on his clearance attempt, and Negredo beat Petr Cech to make it 1-1 (WATCH HERE).

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Following Negredo’s equalizer, any semblance of discipline and game plan from either side went out the window. The pace of the game went through the roof as Arsenal chased three points in their bid to catch fourth-place Manchester City (who are now seven points ahead, having played one more game than Arsenal), as Boro sought the same in hopes of fighting off relegation.

Much like his manager, Mesut Ozil’s future remains very uncertain two months before the summer transfer carousel begins spinning once again. Monday offered Ozil a brief reprieve and the chance to play the role of hero (above video). Sanchez played a lofted ball into the box, which Aaron Ramsey chested down into the path of an unmarked Ozil, and the 28-year-old German international slammed his first-time effort past Guzan.

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The victory sees Arsenal move past Everton (on goals scored) for sixth in the league table, while Boro remain six points off the pace of Hull City, who currently occupy 17th.

Middlesbrough 1-1 West Bromwich Albion: Early fireworks yield draw

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  • Morrison opens it up
  • Negredo converts PK
  • Boro with 62 percent possession

James Morrison and Alvaro Negredo had the scoring settled within the match’s first 20 minutes, as Middlesbrough held West Brom 1-1 at the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday.

Boro moved two points clear of the drop zone, while West Brom remains eighth with 33 points.

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It was the ex-Boro man who opened the scoring after just six minutes. A corner kick bobbled its way outside the 18, where Morrison was ready to apply the finish.

The hosts responded within 15 minutes, with Negredo adding to his team lead in goals with a penalty kick.

Ben Foster saved West Brom from an own goal when Allan Nyom turned a ball on his own frame before halftime.

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Premier League AT HALF: Stoke up two goals, man; Boro 2-0 Swans

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Saturday’s 10 a.m. EDT kickoffs have two penalties, a red card, and several relegation strugglers hoping for breathing room.

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The Hornets have provided more of the danger, but hosts Sunderland have made it anyone’s game with a better final 15 minutes or so.

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Dieumerci Mbokani nearly took advantage of a big Irons’ giveaway, but dinked his shot off the near post.

Stoke City 2-0 Leicester CitySTREAM

Fortune turned its head toward Leicester so often during their title run last season. Those “breaks” are not going for the Foxes this season. Jamie Vardy was sent off, and it wasn’t long before Stoke took advantage. Bojan Krkic‘s cross was handled by Danny Simpson, and Bojan converts the penalty to make it 1-0 to the Potters.

Joe Allen later tapped in from close range to seemingly limit the second half drama at the Britannia Stadium.

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Bob Bradley‘s Swans came out brightly, but this relegation six-pointer is looking destined for the Riverside Stadium set. Alvaro Negredo scored with an agile and aesthetically-pleasing goal (below) before converting a poorly given away penalty by Jordi Amat.

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Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough: Barry leads the way in milestone match

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  • Controversial Negredo opener
  • Barry score in milestone match
  • Coleman puts Toffees ahead, 42′
  • Toffees go second on 13 points

Gareth Barry scored his 52nd Premier League goal in his 600th appearance, lashing in from an acute angle in the 24th minute, and Everton came back to handle Middlesbrough 2-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Seamus Coleman‘s 42nd minute goal completed Everton’s comeback after a suspect Alvaro Negredo non-foul forced Maarten Stekelenburg to score an early own goal.

Romelu Lukaku flailed at a Yannick Bolasie cross and only got the thinnest of toe hairs on the ball, which evaded Victor Valdes. It was 3-1 at half.

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Boro took the lead when Negredo rose high to challenge Everton keeper Stekelenburg, and actually headed the goalkeep’s arm. The ball bounded into the net, and Lee Mason allowed it. Since it wasn’t given as a foul, it went down as a Stekelenburg own goal!

Justice prevailed, in a sense, moments later, as Barry was unmarked at the back post to slot high and home.

Barry was subbed off in stoppage for Tom Cleverley, and Goodison saluted their midfielder.

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