City brought down to earth by De Roon's late goal

Lindsey Duncan
November 7, 2016

A late Maarten de Roon header saw Middlesbrough snatch a share of the points in an entertaining 1-1 draw at Manchester City.

Boro had to dig in for long periods of today's game, but as was the case at the Emirates last month, they ran themselves ragged and threw their bodies into the way to prevent City adding to Aguero's opener.

That seemed the case early on as City, which apparently rested Raheem Sterling, made a sluggish start.

Ilkay Gundogan put Victor Valdes to work for the first time with a shot straight at the stopper, and De Bruyne had a free-kick deflected. Valdes then denied Aguero after a clever backheel from Silva, who was ruled offside as he attempted to pounce on the rebound.

Jesus Navas came close to doubling City's lead before halftime as he hit the right post from the right side of the box.

FC's Steve Nicol breaks down a few key moments leading to Man City and Boro's goals. Alvaro Negredo, facing former club City, also got clear down the right and fired in a unsafe low cross but John Stones just beat Forshaw to the ball.

Within five minutes, they were forced back towards their own goal, running hither and thither to track the runs of City's stars. De Roon ended any such thoughts in the 90th minute when his header beat Claudio Bravo.

City have met Everton, Southampton and Middlesbrough in their last three top flight matches at the Etihad, and all three games have finished 1-1.

It is Manchester City's third consecutive Premier League draw at home and their inability to keep a clean sheet will have supporters anxious.

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Crowd trouble has marred the club's move to the 2012 Olympic venue, but it was on-field problems that left home fans frustrated this time. That remains his preferred set-up, but in each of the last two away games, the Boro boss has switched to a 4-5-1 system and been rewarded.

Gundogan again threatened with an overhead kick that went wide, before Aguero unsuccessfully appealed for a penalty after light contact inside the box.

Bilic pushed Antonio into a more advanced position as he introduced Edimilson Fernandes and Ashley Fletcher and was rewarded just three minutes later as Payet picked out Antonio.

'It's been like that in the Premier League for us. Both sides could drop lower depending on Sunday's results.

At the other end of the table, Granada remain rooted to the bottom and without a win this season after a 1-1 draw at home to Deportivo la Coruna.

Anichebe, whose only notable contribution this term had been a Twitter gaffe after the recent defeat at West Ham, was handed a first league start by under-pressure manager David Moyes.

It was the former England striker's sixth goal of the season.

There was late drama at Turf Moor as Burnley withstood a Crystal Palace fightback to prevail 3-2 courtesy of Ashley Barnes's 94th-minute strike.