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Summary

  1. Leicester remain winless away this season
  2. Mahrez's last game before Africa Cup of Nations
  3. Point takes Boro five points above bottom three

Live Reporting

By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester

Don't give up on us just yet, there's plenty more action on its way.

Reaction to this game, plus build-up to the 15:00 GMT kick-offs can be found here.

I'm off to remove the matchsticks from my eyes.

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Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on 5 live Sport

A lot of people would suggest they were happy to see that final whistle. Ranieri will be pleased with that point, but it undelrines how much they miss Jamie Vardy. When he plays, it stretches defences.

If anyone deserved to get the three points in the end, it would have been Middlesbrough.

Claudio Ranieri
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FULL-TIME

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There's a chance from it, as Demarai Gray's ball into the box falls to Andy King - but he rushes the effort and Brad Guzan can claim a bobbling ball.

Bobby Madley blows the whistle to put us out of our misery, I mean end the game.

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Leicester free-kick from 25 yards or so with seconds on the clock... any later drama?

Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester

Gaston Ramirez hits the deck while waiting for a ball to drop in the Leicester area. The appeals for a penalty are tame - much like this game.

Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester

Leicester have brought Marc Albrighton on, after a lively game against West Ham, for Nampalys Mendy.

There will be five minutes of added time - just in case you weren't having enough fun already.

SUBSTITUTION

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Grant Leadbitter, Boro's goal scorer at Old Trafford on Saturday, is on for the last few minutes for Adam Forshaw.

Adam Forshaw
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Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on 5 live Sport

I had great hopes for this game when Downing came on, with his great football intelligence and with Friend behind him, that they would work well down the left side.

But Downing is stood in the position Friend was running into before and it's actually worked against Middlesbrough so far.

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The smelling salts are out and being used on Ben Gibson after the Boro defender takes a bang to the head.

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Simon Anders: Leicester will surely go down as the worst champions in PL history  

DeathApeDisco: I've really enjoyed this, for a 0-0. Middlesbrough have battered Leicester, who should have put on pacy players earlier!  

CLOSE!

Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester

Here's the chance. The best of the game and it's for Boro.

Fabio's cross is clumsily headed into the path of Gaston Ramirez by Wes Morgan - Ramirez is seven yards out but hammers his shot wide.

Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on 5 live Sport

If Adama Traore didn't have the pace he's got, he wouldn't get a sniff at this level.

To get into those positions and not get a decent cross in is not good enough. Downing coming on is a good move - intelligent and in his time an international-class player.

Adama Traore of Middlesbrough
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After a bit of treatment Ahmed Musa is back on for Leicester.

SUBSTITUTION

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Can Stewart Downing inject some quality into this game?

He's coming on for Adama Traore.

I think the announcer calls him "Stewie Downing". Didn't realise that was a thing.

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Daniel Willis: Everybody crying about 2 games in 2 days. FL teams play 3 in 7 regularly with much smaller squads.  

T Gandote: I think British FA should think again because the amount of matches played in England never help the national team.  

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Ahmed Musa needs some treatment.

His ankle seems to turn while being tackled by Adam Clayton and he's in pain.

Clayton's knee is bothering him too.

SUBSTITUTION

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Shinji Okazaki comes off for Leicester - on comes Demarai Gray.

Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on 5 live Sport

He's had one of those days, Mahrez, where he looks like a breath of wind would have pushed him over. He looked as weak as he is slim today, he’ll have better days.

He was having limited impact on the game, it's a positive move. It will also stop Friend going forward.

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Khael Malik: Huth to score with a scorpion kick next. You heard it here first.   

Kevin Samuelson: Eddie Izzard ran 26 marathons in as many days, so I see no excuses for these athletes not to be able to produce the goods.  

Robert Huth
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SUBSTITUTION

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Riyad Mahrez goes off - that will be his last Leicester contribution until after the Africa Cup of Nations.

Ahmed Musa comes on.

Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on 5 live Sport

How many good crosses has Traore put in in the entire game, and he's an attacker, compared to how many Friend has put in?

That's the one thing that will give heart to Negredo up front. He's had so few opportunities, but the balls are starting to come in and he will not give up on anything.

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And now Leicester's best effort of the match.

Lenardo Ulloa meets a Christian Fuchs corner with his head and Brad Guzan holds it down low to his left.

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If George Friend hadn't come off the bench in the first half then this game would be 20% worse.

The Boro skipper skips past Danny Simpson down the left and then floats beyond Andy King into the box - if only the shot matched the run as he spanks it over the bar.

EFL latest

Half-time in the early League One kick-off with Millwall winning 2-1 at AFC Wimbledon. 

You can follow all the action from the English Football League here

AFC Wimbledon striker Lyle Taylor and Millwall defender Byron Webster
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Michael Stone: Based on trend of last 20 games there's a 10% chance someone will score a goal with a scorpion kick today  

Paul Thompson: This is the issue with teams playing within 48 hours. Tired legs & tired minds equal poor quality. Especially in final third.  

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Boro are, slowly, turning the screw and the crowd are reacting. It's the home full-backs who are getting the most joy as Fabio whips in a cross from the right - Robert Huth gets his big German head on it to clear.

Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on 5 live Sport

As a player you feel it on the pitch when the space is opening up. It gives you a lift because you feel like you won't get smashed by two players running into you every time you get the ball.

I think George Friend can be pleased with how he's played since he's come on. He's done well down the left to rouse the crowd, which no one else really has.

He is possibly the best player in this second half, getting forward time and time again and the quality of ball from him is so far above everyone else in this game.

George Friend of Middlesbrough
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Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester

George Friend has looked sharp since coming on - and the Boro full-back puts in a lovely ball across the Leicester six-yard box.

But no Boro player gambles and instead Wes Morgan and Robert Huth are left wondering whether to risk putting a foot on it.

Instead they both leave it.

Genuinely, the best chance for both sides so far has been the possibility of an own goal.

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Nii: Unless something different happens in the next 40mins, the fans deserves a refund. Awful football match.    

Gary Noble: Yes it's clearly stupid to play on Saturday and again on Monday.... any surprise we get injuries... Chelsea play in 2 days.  

Rohit Kohli: Bored.  

Programme problems

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Here's something to keep you entertained.

Coventry City host Bolton Wanderers in League One today, but the club's first match-day programme of 2017 has fallen foul of the January transfer window.

It features striker Marvin Sordell...

The club said: "Yesterday, striker Marvin Sordell completed a move to Championship side Burton Albion which saw Stuart Beavon and Callum Reilly move to the Ricoh Arena.

"Unfortunately, the Bolton programme was completed before details of the transfer became apparent."

Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester

As Mariah Carey sung:

All I want for Christmas is A RUDDY GOAL.

Absolutely no sign of one yet.

Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on 5 live Sport

Alvaro Negredo keeps on making the runs for Middlesbrough. Centre forwards will always go on about how they will make 100 runs and only get two good deliveries.

When the chance is there to get a ball into the box it needs to be good, so far it ain't.

There is no space, the game has not opened out.

Alvaro Negredo of Middlesbrough
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Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester

Some goal-mouth action to speak of in the Boro area.

Riyad Mahrez finds a pocket of space for the first time today and gives Andy King the chance to cross from the right.

It's hard and low and skids past everyone - one touch from a Boro defender and it could have been an own goal.

BreakingClement to speak to Swansea

Paul Clement appears to be edging closer to becoming the new manager of Swansea.

Bayern Munich have given their assistant manager permission to talk to the Premier League side.

Paul Clement has been given permission to conduct talks with @SwansOfficial.

Paul Clement has been given permission to conduct talks with @SwansOfficial.

Half-time teaser - the answer

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Earlier we asked what was memorable about the only goal as Middlesbrough beat Leicester back in March 2002 and the answer is a spectacular own goal by Frank Sinclair.

Also memorable - Robbie Savage was booked for a foul on the now England manager.

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Is there anyway I can say the sentence "this game needs a goal" without it sounding like a cliche?

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Any quality we've seen today has come from twinkle toes Traore.

The Boro forward goes past Christian Fuchs and this time the cross is a nice one, but Leicester get it away.

George Friend has a shot from the loose ball, but it's easy for Kasper Schmeichel.

That's Boro's first attempt on target.

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Seun: Why do games like this keep getting the prime slots? Anyone could have told you this was going to be awful. SMH  

Rich: And you're not going to get good games of football when both teams played less than 48 hours ago. Schedule is just stupid   

Huw Llewelyn Jones: What an absolutely tedious first half of football at the Riverside. Game lacking some serious quality. Poor from both teams   

KICK-OFF

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The Leicester players are back out.

No sign of Boro - even they don't fancy watching this game - ah here they come.

Here comes 45 minutes of rip-roaring Premier League action.

Hopefully.

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Danny Mills

Ex-England defender

I think Boro could get dragged into the relegation battle. I think Hull will go and Swansea will go and Sunderland might be the team to pull out of trouble.