Jesus to the rescue for Manchester City

Manchester City were held to 2-2 draw by relegation candidates Middlesbrough in an exciting Premier League clash at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday.

  • Middlesbrough 2 Man City 2
  • Negredo gives hosts the lead
  • Aguero converts controversial penalty
  • Chambers restores home side's lead
  • Jesus steals a point close to full-time

Match summary

Home team Middlesbrough took the lead seven minutes before half-time when Alvaro Negredo finished off a swift counter-attacking move.

Sergio Aguero equalised for the visitors with 20 minutes remaining, having converted a controversially given penalty.

Defender Calum Chambers restored the home side's lead six minutes after the equaliser but Gabriel Jesus made sure City left with a point, heading close to the end.

Full report

Middlesbrough, as expected, were content to sit behind the ball and frustrate Manchester City and that is exactly what transpired in the opening exchanges of at the Riverside Stadium.

City forward Sergio Aguero had the first sight on goal in the eighth minute but skied a curling effort over the cross-bar.

Negredo then went close for the home side after 13 minutes when visitors failed to deal with a corner but the Spanish forward unleashed a fierce shot that went wide.

Just after the half-hour mark, City had another chance but Gabriel Jesus sent his header well off target.

Boro's counter-attacking tactics paid off seven minutes before half-time when Negredo gave them lead after a swift break out from a City attack.

The relegation candidates came out after the interval determined on to hold their slender advantage and it was working until a controversial moment with 20 minutes remaining.

The ref adjudged Marten de Roon to have fouled Leroy Sane but it seemed the German winger had gone done very easily.

Aguero stepped up to convert the spot-kick but the hosts showed great character to go in front just six minutes later when defender Callum Chambers popped up in the box to poke home.

Jesus earned City a hard earned point when he headed home a delightful cross from Aguero.

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