Previous
Chelsea
Bayern Munich
2
3
FT
Game Details
Tottenham Hotspur
AS Roma
0
2
ESPN3 LIVE 72'
Game Details
Toluca
Atletico Madrid
0
0
LIVE 22'
Game Details
Russia
Germany
0
2
FT
Game Details
Sweden
Italy
2
3
FT
Game Details
United States
Jamaica
1:30 AM UTC Jul 27, 2017
Game Details
Barcelona
Manchester United
ESPN3 11:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Manchester City
Real Madrid
ESPN3 3:35 AM UTC Jul 27, 2017
Game Details
Next

Boro's fate is all but sealed

Middlesbrough
Read

Boro must win vs. Bournemouth

Middlesbrough
Read

Marten de Roon's goal lifts Middlesbrough to first win in 2017

Marten de Roon lifted Middlesbrough to victory as Sunderland's hopes of another escape took a potentially fatal blow.

Middlesbrough achieved their first win of 2017 in a scrappy 1-0 victory over Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium, and have taken all six points from their northeastern rivals this season.

MiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough
SunderlandSunderland
1
0
FT
Game Details

Positives

Marten de Roon led the charge and popped up to poke home a key goal for the home team. There was a positive feeling to Boro's play for the first half, before Sunderland readied themselves, and the Teessiders may feel unlucky not to have gone in at half-time with a much more comfortable scoreline after a strong effort from Stewart Downing. Boro's defensive steel was back in force and the clean sheet will do wonders for confidence following last weekend's 4-0 drubbing at Bournemouth.

Negatives

While Boro may have finally won a game after four long months without doing so, it was only really down to the shoddiness of Sunderland's defence and that the visitors are simply a slightly worse side than the Teessiders when push comes to shove.

Manager rating out of 10

6 -- Once again, the manager had little sway on the outcome of the game beyond the starting lineup. As Boro led for most of the match, when it reached the hour mark Steve Agnew's selections were merely replacing tiring players with fresh legs. The dearth of quality on the bench rang loudly and clearly as Boro scrapped to hang on for the win, but still, victory was claimed.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Brad Guzan, 6 -- Kept the dangerous Jermain Defoe at bay and recorded a clean sheet for the first time in four matches.

DF George Friend, 6 -- Threw all of his energy into the game in a terrier-like performance that reflects his commitment to the club and the cause.

DF Daniel Ayala, 6 -- Some last-ditch defending from the Spaniard kept Boro in the mix and helped Ben Gibson manage the twin threat of Defoe and Victor Anichebe.

DF Ben Gibson, 6 -- A lion-hearted performance from the hometown hero, Gibson looked comfortable with his defensive partner Ayala by his side, and equally when Calum Chambers switched in during the second half.

DF Calum Chambers, 6 -- Chambers looked to enjoy his outing on at right-back in the first half and seems to almost be back to his full potential after his recent return from injury.

Marten de Roon
Marten de Roon's goal secured Middlesbrough's 1-0 win over Sunderland on Wednesday.

MF Adam Clayton, 7 -- Coolly put a peach of a ball through to a charging De Roon for the only goal, Clayton is one player that Boro must hang onto next season, whatever happens.

MF Marten de Roon, 6 -- Making his mark at the perfect moment, De Roon did very well to control Clayton's chip with his chest and stab the ball home past an ailing Jordan Pickford in the Sunderland nets.

MF Cristhian Stuani, 6 -- The stats don't lie and Boro are a more effective team when Stuani is on the pitch -- a solid showing from the Uruguayan.

MF Stewart Downing, 6 -- Downing had one of his better performances on Wednesday, enjoying his forays forward as Sunderland quickly lost confidence after the goal.

MF Adam Forshaw, 4 -- Forshaw could have made a real difference in this attacking position but his lack of pace let him down.

FW Alvaro Negredo, 6 -- Negredo worked hard as always but had a relatively quiet evening in terms of creating chances and efforts on goal.

Substitutes

DF Fabio, 5 -- Came on early in the second half to replace Ayala.

FW Rudy Gestede, NR -- Conducted himself well and did what was asked of him when he came on after 76 minutes to run down the Sunderland defence.

Catherine Wilson ESPN FC's Middlesbrough blogger. You can follow her on Twitter: @Basslady

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.