Gabriel Jesus scored a dramatic late equaliser to salvage a 2-2
draw for Manchester City at Middlesbrough and put a further dent
in the Teessiders‚Äô slim hopes of avoiding relegation from the
Fourth-placed City had the chance to go three points clear of local
rivals Manchester United, who drew 1-1 with Swansea City earlier
on Sunday, but Pep Guardiola‚Äôs side were somewhat fortunate to
emerge from a closely contested game with a share of the points.
The visitors unsurprisingly had a stranglehold on possession at a
sunny Riverside Stadium, but they came up against a well-
organised Middlesbrough team who impressed as much with their
fast breaks as with their resolute defending.
And Steve Agnew‚Äôs men had a deserved lead when Alvaro Negredo
scored against his old club in the 38th-minute, firing home his
ninth goal of the season to equal his goal tally as a City player in
the 2013-14 season.
Sergio Aguero, who limped off late in the match, scored a
controversial penalty to haul City level after Marten de Roon was
harshly judged to have fouled Leroy Sane in the penalty area, but
Calum Chambers pounced on a loose ball in a goalmouth scramble
in the 77th minute to restore Boro‚Äôs lead.
But with the Riverside faithful preparing to celebrate a priceless
win, Jesus headed Aguero‚Äôs cross into the net to earn his side a
point towards their push for a top-four finish, while Boro are six
points adrift of safety with just three games to play.
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