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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 1-0 Sunderland: Derby honors and a bit of life

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  • Boro’s first PL win since Dec. 17
  • Smoggies move within six of 17th
  • Sunderland on verge of relegation

Marten De Roon snared Middlesbrough new hope at safety and a derby win as Boro scored early to complete a season sweep of Tees-Wear Derby rivals Sunderland on Wednesday.

The 1-0 win means Sunderland is 12 points back of 17th place Hull City with five matches to play. Hull has four matches left.

For Boro, it’s six points back of Hull but a devastating run-in that includes Man City, Chelsea, Southampton, and Liverpool.

The win was USMNT backstop Brad Guzan‘s second of the Premier League season, the first coming in the reverse fixture.

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De Roon tilted the Tees-Wear Derby to Boro’s side with an opening goal that could signal the end of Sunderland’s slim safety hopes.

Stewart Downing tempted 2-0 with a hard low shot that Jordan Pickford did very well to save with a leg.

Sunderland did find a bit of danger when Didier N’Dong forced Brad Guzan into a save, but Billy Jones nodded over the frame.

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PL AT HALF: Derby delight for De Roon; Scoreless elsewhere

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There’s been just one goal between a trio of Wednesday matches in the Premier League, and surprisingly it’s come from one of the division’s worst finishing offenses.

Middlesbrough 1-0 SunderlandSTREAM

Marten De Roon tilted the Tees-Wear Derby to Boro’s side with an opening goal that could signal the end of Sunderland’s slim safety hopes.

A win moves Boro six back of Hull City with four matches to play.

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The final ball hasn’t been there for either side, though twice that was down to exceptional saves. One was a Petr Cech denial of Riyad Mahrez, while Arsenal’s Theo Walcott forced a strong save out of Kasper Schmeichel.

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Foul-heavy and full of confidence; Both Spurs and Palace are in-form and aiming to keep rolling. Harry Kane, Wilfried Zaha, and Christian Benteke have been busy in the attacking third.

Manchester City 1-1 Middlesbrough: De Roon stuns the Etihad

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  • Aguero scores before half
  • De Roon equalizes in stoppage
  • City leads table by single point

Marten De Roon‘s shocking stoppage time header lifted Middlesbrough to a 1-1 draw at table-leading Manchester City on Saturday.

Sergio Aguero’s 150th Manchester City goal looked set to be the lone finish of a comfortable if unspectacular win, but George Friend‘s cross found de Roon for the equalizer.

The draw boosts City ahead of Arsenal and Liverpool by a single point before Sunday’s action. Boro moves four points clear of the drop with its point.

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City was in control from the jump, and lorded over a Fernandinho-won free kick in the 12th minute. The wall blocked Kevin De Bruyne‘s effort out for a corner, which came to nothing.

De Bruyne had another chance a little more than 10 minutes later, but he dragged his shot across goal and wide of the far post from a tough angle.

David Silva and Sergio Aguero had several chances as the half wore on, but Boro keeper Victor Valdes proved up to the challenge in a starring role.

After a Jesus Navas cleat left a gaping wound on Valdes leg, Man City found its opener. De Bruyne swept a beautiful ball into the path of Aguero’s well-timed run, and it was 1-0 heading into half.

It looked like it would end that way, aside from a chance or two including Alvaro Negredo’s speculative rip from distance, until Friend’s cross found De Roon for the tying goal.

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