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Summary

  1. City can extend lead at top of Premier League
  2. No Sterling or Toure in City squad
  3. Boro make one change - De Roon for Ramirez
  4. Last meeting was 2-0 FA Cup win for Boro in 2015

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By Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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Man City 1-1 Middlesbrough

Right then, that's all from me, but you can follow all the reaction to this game - and the rest of Saturday's - over here.

Until the next time! 

FULL-TIME

Man City 1-1 Middlesbrough

Boro have done it! A brilliant draw away to Arsenal a few weeks ago repeated in Manchester. 

City are denied. They should have had this wrapped up. 

Claudio Bravo looks dejected
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Man City 1-1 Middlesbrough

My oh my. City pour forwards. Can Boro hold on? 

Aguero thinks he's won a corner but the ref points to his assistant - offside. 

Time is dripping away...

How many?

Man City 1-1 Middlesbrough

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at the Etihad Stadium

Aitor Karanka has been a lone presence in the Middlesbrough technical area for most of this afternoon's game.

But when Marten de Roon's header flew into the net just then, there were six members of the Boro coaching staff in there to celebrate.

I don't think Pep Guardiola can quite believe it.

Marten de Roon of Middlesbrough celebrates
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GOAL - Man City 1-1 Middlesbrough

Marten de Roon

The equaliser! Marten de Roon leaps into George Friend's deep cross to snatch what surely must be a draw for Boro!

A third successive 1-1 draw at home for City? 

Big news, Arsenal and Liverpool fans...

Marten de Roon scores
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CLOSE!

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Victor Valdes comes for a ball on the edge of the box, misses and Kevin de Bruyne has to score! 

But he fires over the bar! A let off for Boro. Will there be time?

FOUR minutes added on as Sergio Aguero is replaced too now. Kelechi Iheanacho on.

Sergio Aguero is replaced
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Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Chris Waddle

Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

City have lacked ideas in the second half. Don't get me wrong, they've been in control and knocked it around, but not with the tempo you'd expect of a Pep Guardiola side, it's been very slow.

YELLOW CARD

Marten de Roon also in the book for a foul. This is not good for Boro! They need to get the ball forward.

YELLOW CARD

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Sergio Aguero goes in the book - he booted the ball in frustration, into the stomach of Adam Clayton on the ground I think.

Aguero walks away from the ref, refusing to look at the card. 

He really does not like to miss. F for frustration.

SUBSTITUTION

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Jesus Navas is coming off now, Aleix Garcia to shore things up in the middle over these last few minutes. At least, that's the idea for City.

Boro must gamble.

CLOSE!

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Great interception from Aleksandar Kolarov in the City penalty area. Talk about a cool head as he strides away with the ball, snatched off Alvaro Negredo's toe.

City zoom up the pitch - Sergio Aguero can finish this! 

But picked out by Jesus Navas just inside the box he strikes high and wide! Terrible miss. 

Can Boro make them pay?

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola looks dejected
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Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Adama Traore wastes a cross - too long seeking Alvaro Negredo at the far post. 

City build forward again but Boro remain resolute in defence. They know they won't get many more chances to draw level.

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

A big last 10 minutes to play. Can Boro snatch a draw? 

City will feel they need to kill this off.

CHANCE!

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

What a challenge from John Stones - he nicks the ball away from Adam Forshaw's winding boot just in time after Alvaro Negredo found space to drill a cross from the right. 

Aitor Karanka takes off Stewart Downing with Viktor Fischer coming on. 

Can he make the difference? Boro are getting chances...

SUBSTITUTION

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is off, forward Nolito on to replace him. 

He can be a very dangerous pair of legs this late in the game.

CHANCE!

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Fernandinho is robbed by Marten de Roon in midfield, Boro swarm forward.

Is this the chance? Stewart Downing has plenty of  passes to choose from on but goes alone with a drilled shot to the back stick - well side. It's a waste.

Pep Guardiola
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Did Vincent forget something?

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at the Etihad Stadium

Vincent Kompany just cut short his warm-up down the touchline to head down the tunnel for something.

It wasn't injury-related and he is back now, doing some stretches.

Wonder what it was?

Vincent Kompany warms up
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Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

City are having all of the ball again and Boro have retreated to battle stations in the hope of sniffing one out on the counter. 

There were signs of one coming, but we've not seen many red shirts up in support of Alvaro Negredo of late. 

The home side rolling it out wide, back to centre, waiting for the weakness to appear.

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Oooh. Tough chance for Sergio Aguero. 

A great cross in from Kevin de Bruyne but the striker can't keep his effort down. The openings are starting to re-appear for City now though. 

Have Boro had their best spell?

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Antonio Barragan panics and heads back to a City shirt when the nod back to Victor Valdes was on. 

And Boro are almost punished as Ilkay Gundogan stabs a volley into the turf, the ball spiraling out just past the post. He's got four goals in his last two games, the Germany midfielder.

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Boro are happy to let City play for a spell now, as the home side look to rekindle their best. 

But Kevin de Bruyne makes the wrong decision in floating a header towards goal rather than across it, easily gathered by Victor Valdes.

Negredo tries his luck

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

If Alvaro Negredo had found the net with that audacious attempt at the start of the second half, it would have eclipsed any of the 23 he scored in his single season for Manchester City.

His last Premier League goal on this ground was pretty memorable though, given it was the winner against Liverpool on Boxing Day 2013.

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Real signs of a threat.     

Adam Forshaw lays up a brilliantly weighted pass for Adama Traoare to chase - he beats Aleksandar Kolarov to it and wins a Boro corner.

But it's wasted as Calum Chambers is called offside chasing down a deflection when the corner's played short.

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Bizarre how often this happens. Complacency creeping in? 

Manchester City are giving the ball away, committing silly fouls, and there could be a way back in for Boro if they keep this up you know. 

Alvaro Negredo is slipped in beyond enemy lines but the flag goes up as he lobs an effort over Claudio Bravo and wide.

Sounded like a smattering of appreciation from the home fans for their former striker there, along with the Boro voice.   

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Tray Brown: Sergio Aguero has a better goals to game ratio in the Premier League than Thierry Henry. Class.

Alex Baloolal: Aguero fastest ever to 150 goals? And still never made a Premier League team of the year.

Sergio Aguero celebrates
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Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Chris Waddle

Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

It's a different Middlesbrough that's come out in the second half. They're more ambitious and City have been a little sluggish.

YELLOW CARD

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Lovely skills from Adama Traore - he's looked really good today. Bamboozles Kevin de Bruyne for once as he turns calmly out of stormy waters. 

Adam Clayton then goes in the book for a very late challenge on David Silva. Terrible foul.

GREAT SAVE!

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

He's had nothing to do all game but Claudio Bravo has to save his side twice in as many minutes. 

Boro break after a sloppy John Stones pass and Bravo has to come racing out to smother at Adam Forshaw's feet. A fine stop - and it bounces off the Boro man for a goal kick, too. 

Definitely much more about this Boro set-up post-half-time you know. There is bite.

Adam Forshaw shoots
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GREAT SAVE!

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Alvaro Negredo reacts
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WHA?! This would have been goal of the decade!

Just inside his own half, Alvaro Negredo tries to lob Claudio Bravo - from downtown! 

Bravo is scrambling - for a moment we believe - but just gets back in time to tip over the bar. Definitely dipping in. 

Where on earth did that come from??

Claudio Bravo falls into the net
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Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Will it be a landslide? Will Boro be shell-shocked after that first-half blitz? 

Early signs: George Friend munches through Pablo Zabaleta to win the ball and nutmegs his man to glide up the pitch. 

It doesn't last long though. All bets are on City soon slipping back into the Guardiola groove.

KICK-OFF

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

We are back under way!

It took a while...

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Valdes
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He had to be beaten eventually.

Victor Valdes made six saves, a couple of them outstanding, but in the end he was beaten low to his left just before half-time.

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Chris Waddle

Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

Aitor Karanka has got Fischer, Nugent and Stuani on the bench if he wants to change it.

Some managers think that if they go for it, they'll get picked off again and again and they end up losing 4-0 or 5-0.

I can't see him changing it, but I can't see them scoring. They're not even getting any set-pieces.

Pep's pleased

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at the Etihad Stadium

Pep Guardiola enjoyed that goal.

The Manchester City manager did one fist-pump, pointed at Sergio Aguero, clapped expansively, then did another fist-pump for good measure.

I am not entirely certain what part of that he was particularly pleased with but given Middlesbrough have barely touched the ball in the City half, Sergio Aguero has just sealed victory for the home side unless there is a major shift in approach from the visitors.

Pep Guardiola celebrates
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HALF-TIME

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

On the basis of what we've seen so far, I can't see Boro getting back in it. 

Zero shots. City playing with their tails up. 

HITS THE WOODWORK

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Jesus Navas crashes against the frame just before the half-time whistle. I think Victor Valdes had let that go because he thought it was going behind? Risky!

Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Chris Waddle

Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

That's the type of ball you need - nice and early, it didn't allow Middlesbrough's defence to block the space off.

Aguero gambled and it's a good finish. He makes things look very easy. A quality cross and a quality finish.

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City scores
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Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

TWO minutes added on. Time for another? When it rains it..?

GOAL - Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero finally finds the way past Victor Valdes. 

After the ball's played wide right, Kevin de Bruyne whips in a deviant cross for Aguero to stab home for his 150th goal for Manchester City.

Simple really. I make that City's 18th shot of the match.

Sergio Aguero celebrates
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Man City 0-0 Middlesbrough

Free-kick City on the edge of the Boro box. Antonio Barragan the guilty man for a block off the ball on Kevin de Bruyne.

David Silva takes. Headed clear by the away side again. 

Can they hang on until the break? Three minutes left...