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Summary

  1. Lukaku goes closest for Everton in first half
  2. Valdes makes three fine saves for Boro
  3. Robles produces stunning save to deny Gestede late on

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Middlesbrough 0-0 Everton

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The first take of the report is here with more to follow.

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Middlesbrough 0-0 Everton

That means it's eight games unbeaten for Everton in the Premier League, although that's the first time they've failed to score in that run.

Boro are still without a win in eight Premier League games, but that was a much-improved showing that hints at the way they could get themselves out of trouble this season.

All the plaudits to Valdes and Robles in goal though.

FULL-TIME

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A tale of two keepers there.

A deserved point for Boro.

A frustrating afternoon for Everton.

Romelu Lukaku
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A well-earned point for Boro beckons?

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Three minutes of stoppage time to come...

GREAT SAVE!

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Stunning stuff from Joel Robles to deny Rudy Gestede.

The cross comes in from the right and the big Benin striker rises highest to power a trademark header that's creeping under the bar...

...but Robles has other ideas as he leaps to palm the ball over the bar. 

Huge moment. Any more late drama?

Joel Robles
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SUBSTITUTION

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Barkley is off for Gareth Barry. Hardly in keeping with the attacking substitutes we've seen so far this afternoon.

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A time for heroes.

Just five minutes to go.

YELLOW CARD

Gibson's mistake almost allows Coleman to pick out Lukaku in the area but Boro rally to clear before Ramirez makes a full-blooded challenge on Baines that gets the substitute a yellow card.

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Abysmal stuff from Guedioura. This time he picks the ball up 22 yards out, unmarked and spoons a truly terrible shot well over the bar.

Boro have had lots of these bright openings but failed to test Joel Robles.

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Great stuff from Guedioura, running through midfield and casually chipping the ball over the Everton defence for the lightning-quick Adama Traore to chase but Joel Robles wins the race.

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A tremendous ball in from the left by Fabio sails just over the head of the diving Alvaro Negredo.

That would've been in had Negredo connected but it's his last act as he's replaced by Rudy Gestede.

Nine minutes for Rudy to be the hero.

Ross Barkley and Alvaro Negredo
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A point here would extend Everton's unbeaten Premier League run to eight games, but you feel Ronald Koeman would be angry if his side failed to score.

Boro have done an excellent stifling job so far here. 15 minutes or so left to hang on or even grab a winner themselves.

SUBSTITUTION

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That missed chance will be Ademola Lookman's final act here as he's replaced by Aaron Lennon.

Another hugely promising performance from the youngster but he'll be gutted to have missed two good chances. Those Valdes saves could see Boro secure a point or better here.

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Bernardo dices with danger as his pass to Gibson is nearly cut out by Lukaku, who would've been through on goal.

The Boro captain is alive to the danger though and just gets a toe in to rob the Belgian.

Romelu Lukaku
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Up the other end, Adlene Guedioura thumps a rising effort over the bar from 30 yards out.

Both sides going for this.

GREAT SAVE!

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Brilliant from Victor Valdes with his legs yet again, this time denying Ademola Lookman when clean through on goal.

Barkley plays a superb reverse ball for the young winger to run on to but Valdes keeps his focus to deny Lookman's low effort.

The 19-year-old buries his head in his shirt in frustration.

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...and Barkley hits it straight into the face of Guedioura, who is down and dazed in the area.

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Well he could - but for Everton. Ramirez gives away a soft free-kick by tripping Lookman on the left.

Ross Barkley readies himself to whip this one in...

SUBSTITUTION

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Great positioning from Baines to deny Gibson on the line there.

Boro take off Cristhian Stuani in favour of Gaston Ramirez.

The striker reportedly wanted away in January but ended up staying - can he make the difference here?

CLOSE!

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A foul throw from Leighton Baines! A rare sight in top-flight football. Boro take advantage as De Roon moves forward to win a corner.

OOH Baines makes up for his error as he heads Ben Gibson's header off the line from the resulting corner.

Leighton Baines and Adama Traore
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SUBSTITUTION

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Ronald Koeman makes his first change and it's an attacking one as Enner Valencia is on for Idrissa Gueye.

The Dutch boss looks a bit bedraggled on the sidelines but is clearly determined to push for victory here.

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Adam Clayton crunches Tom Davies with a tackle from behind, failing to get the ball.

He's already been booked but Mike Dean decides against a second yellow.

Might make a few talking points after the game, that one.

Tom Davies
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Well it can, but not the way Guedioura or Boro would've hoped.

The replacement loses the ball, with Lukaku capitalising to enter the Boro box, squaring unselfishly for Barkley but Gibson slides in to deny Everton the opener.

SUBSTITUTION

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Adam Forshaw is off for the hosts, with Adlene Guedioura on for his home debut.

It's getting a little flat at the Riverside, can his introduction brighten things up?

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Poor clearance from Victor Valdes, straight to Schneiderlin, setting Everton on their way.

Boro defend well though as Adama Traore streaks away with it.

Then it's horribly wasteful from Alvaro Negredo, his pass nowhere near a red shirt in the final third to end the move.

The final killer pass has eluded most on the pitch here.

Victor Valdes blocks a shot from Ademola Lookman
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...Adam Forshaw's free-kick bobbles its way through to Marten de Roon who heads back across goal, but Cristhian Stuani can only steer his headed effort straight as Joel Robles.

Lively stuff from Boro, all sparked by the excellent Traore.

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Brilliant from Adama Traore again. Talismanic stuff as he turns away from his marker yet again on the left, driving straight at the Everton box, causing untold panic as he is eventually fouled.

Free-kick in a dangerous area...

CLOSE!

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Yeesh. Everton can't put enough men on Adama Traore as the winger bustles his way through four or five dark shirts to rifle an effort just wide.  

Adama Traore
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Good start to the second half for the hosts as they win an early corner - Ben Gibson getting his head on it, but Everton clear.

KICK-OFF

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And we're back under way...

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The action areas from the first half showed a fairly even contest, with Everton shading it towards the end as they finished the half inside the Boro final third.

We're a couple of minutes or so away from resumption here...

Boro
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HALF-TIME

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And that's that for the first half at the Riverside.

Boro will take that, they've repelled an in-form Everton well and had a couple of chances.

You sense Lukaku, Lookman, Barkley and co will be ready to renew their efforts after the interval though...

Ross Barkley
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Oof. There is of course time for Boro to take the lead too.

Ashley Williams is caught in possession and Cristhian Stuani looks to be in for a moment before the Everton defender recovers.

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Everton are running out of time to creep into that lead before the break though.

We've got two minutes of added time to end the first half.

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No doubt Ademola Lookman is comfortable starting in the Premier League.

The precocious winger cuts in from the left and sends a menacing strike into the side netting.

Everton creeping closer here.

Ademola Lookman
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Barkley is given far too much space by Boro as he picks out Coleman running through again. The Irishman's cross is gathered by Ademola Lookman, but Valdes is able to smother.

The youngster then shows lovely feet to work himself a second chance but this one is blocked and Boro clear.

Calum Chambers in now down receiving treatment, seems to have twisted an ankle blocking that shot.

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Superb reverse pass from Ross Barkley to find Seamus Coleman on the overlap down the right before Romelu Lukaku is penalised for a shove trying to get on the end of the Ireland right-back's cross.

Not been the Belgian's day so far.