City twice come from behind against relegation threatened Boro to drop points in the race for top four
GABRIEL JESUS headed home a late equaliser as Manchester City stumbled to a draw against relegation threatened Middlesbrough.
Pep Guardiola’s side twice came from behind as they dropped vital points in the battle to secure a top four finish in the Premier League.
Alvaro Negredo fired Boro ahead against his former club before Sergio Aguero levelled from the spot after Marten de Roon fouled Leroy Sane.
But Boro looked on course for a shock win when Calum Chambers restored their lead – only for Jesus to head home from close range as City were forced to settle for a point.
FACTS, STATS, GOALS AND LOLS
- This was the 100th top-flight match between Middlesbrough and Manchester City, who lead by 40 wins to 38.
- City have won just once in the league on Teesside since 1977.
- Middlesbrough have won this fixture 11 times in the Premier League – more than against any other side.
- Gabriel Jesus was starting for Manchester City for the first time since February having recovered from his broken metatarsal.
- Pep Guardiola started Jesus and Sergio Aguero together upfront for the first time.
- The most surprising thing about Boro’s line-up was Stewart Downing’s new haircut. His ‘skin fade’ look was a dramatic change from a man who has seemingly sported the same style all of his career.
- Alvaro Negredo opened the scoring against his former club. It was his ninth league goal of the season – the same number he managed for City in his season there in 2013-14.
- Aguero equalised from the penalty spot in the 69th minute to go up to second in the list of City’s all-time leading scorers. He now has 167 goals, moving clear of Tommy Johnson, but still behind Eric Brook.
- Calum Chambers poked Boro back ahead with a goal which could do his parent club Arsenal a favour.
- Jesus levelled late on but City have not won a Prem away game they’ve been losing at half-time since April 1995.
DREAM TEAM RATINGS
MIDDLESBROUGH: Guzan 6, Fabio 7, Chambers 7, Gibson 6, Friend 6, De Roon 6, Clayton 6, Forshaw 6, Stuani 6 (Traore 73, 6), Negredo 6 (Gestede 82, 6), Downing 6
MAN CITY: Cabellero 6, Otamendi 6, Kompany 7, Kolarov 6, Navas 6, Fernandinho 6, Garcia 6 (Sane 49, 6), Clichy 5 (Sterling 50, 5), De Bruyne 7, Aguero 7 (Nolito 90, 6), Jesus 6
Dream Team star man: Kevin De Bruyne
THE BIG PICTURE