Gabriel Jesus snatches late equaliser to spare Pep Guardiola’s blushes

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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.

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Gabriel Jesus climbs high to head home and rescue a point for Manchester City

Middlesbrough celebrate after Alvaro Negredo fired them into a first half lead

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Middlesbrough celebrate after Alvaro Negredo fired them into a first half lead

Sergio Aguero fires home from the spot to draw City level

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Sergio Aguero fires home from the spot to draw City level

 

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.

Nicolas Otamendi goes in full-blooded in an attempt to win the ball

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Nicolas Otamendi goes in full-blooded in an attempt to win the ball

Gabriel Jesus wasted a great chance to score with a close ranger header

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Gabriel Jesus wasted a great chance to score with a close ranger header
  • 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 beats Fernandinho to the ball to open the scoring

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Alvaro Negredo beats Fernandinho to the ball to open the scoring

Willy Caballero looks on as the ball loops past him into the net

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Willy Caballero looks on as the ball loops past him into the net

Otamendi is dismayed as Negredo celebrates scoring against his former side

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Otamendi is dismayed as Negredo celebrates scoring against his former side

Leroy Sane is sent tumbling by Marten de Roon to earn City a penalty

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Leroy Sane is sent tumbling by Marten de Roon to earn City a penalty
  • 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.

Calum Chambers beats Caballero from close range to put Boro 2-1 up

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Calum Chambers beats Caballero from close range to put Boro 2-1 up

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

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