Premier League

  • Álvaro Negredo 11’
  • 67’ X. Shaqiri
0 Extra Time 0
1 Full Time 1
1 Half Time 0
Premier League
Riverside Stadium
Attendance 32,110


    • KICK OFF
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      The referee brings an end to the first half.
    • 90'
      Friend is forced into action to send Shaqiri's dangerous free-kick wide of the post, with Walters lurking. That proves to be the final action of the day.
    • 90'
      Arnautovic goes into the book for dissent, despite winning a free-kick in a decent position for his team.
    • 45'
      Agony for Boro as Friend eases past his man on the left and sends a low ball across the face of goal, but no one in a red shirt can get the final touch to turn the ball home.
    • 90'
      Whelan wastes an excellent chance to send the ball into the box in the dying seconds as he and Arnautovic try to connect a quick pass out wide, but he puts his delivery out of play for a goal-kick.
    • 45'
      Friend picks out Clayton on the edge of the box, and the midfielder strikes the ball with venom first time. However, Whelan does well to divert his strike behind for a corner with a lunging block.
    • 90'
      Both sides have plenty of men behind the ball in the latter stages. A point on the opening day is not a bad result for either team.
    • 90'
      Forshaw goes into the book for a loose challenge on Imbula.
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      Thanks for joining our commentary today. Until next time, goodbye.
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      Middlesbrough begin their return to the Premier League with a point, although they will feel that it should have been three on the balance of play. They were by far the better side this afternoon, but couldn't add a second goal after Alvaro Negredo handed them the lead in the 11th minute. Xherdan Sh
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      The players are making their way out on to the pitch for the second half, so we should be underway shortly.
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      Stoke were below-par in the opening 45 minutes and were cut open too easily at times by the home side. They were disjointed in attack and seemed out of rhythm in the middle of the park, leaving Hughes with a lot of work to do at the break.
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      A dream first half for Middlesbrough as they take a 1-0 lead into the break against Stoke. Alvaro Negredo notched his first goal for the club by steering the ball home from close range in the 11th minute after latching on to Gaston Ramirez's header. The home side could have doubled their advantage h
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      The players are out on the pitch so we should be underway shortly.
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      Stoke have a familiar look about them, although Jack Butland is ruled out due to injury. Shay Given remains between the stick as he was towards the end of last season, but the back four in front of him are all seasoned pros in the top flight. Gilbert Imbula will aim to dominate the midfield in his f
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      Karanka hands Premier League debuts in a Middlesbrough shirt to Negredo, De Roon, Barragan and Valdes, while Daniel Ayala and Grant Leadbitter miss out due to injury. The Spaniard has managed to keep the core of his side that won promotion intact with Ben Gibson, George Friend and Emilio Nsue at the
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      Stoke subs: Haugaard, Adam, Walters, Allen, Crouch, Cameron, Muniesa.
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      Stoke (4-2-3-1): Given; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters; Imbula, Whelan; Shaqiri, Arnautovic, Bojan; Diouf.
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      Middlesbrough subs: Konstantopoulos, Baptiste, Rhodes, Nugent, Fischer, Forshaw, Stuani.
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      Middlesbrough (4-2-3-1): Valdes; Nsue, Barragan, Gibson, Friend; De Roon, Clayton; Downing, Ramirez, Adomah; Negredo.
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      The team news has been announced and we'll start with Boro.
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      As a result, it will be up to the old hands to ensure that the Potters begin the new season on the right note. The club went five matches without a victory at the start of the last campaign, and Hughes will be hopeful his team don't repeat the same feat this time around.
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      Stoke have had a quiet summer following their solid campaign last term when they finished ninth. Mark Hughes will be determined for his side to kick on, although they haven't made many additions with only Joe Allen and Ramadan Sobhi bolstering the ranks.
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      The North East outfit have been busy over the summer making additions to their side. Alvaro Negredo, Viktor Fischer, Marten de Roon, Antonio Barragan and Victor Valdes made the switch to Karanka's men, and many will feature this afternoon as Boro aim to get their season off to a strong start.
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      Middlesbrough's long wait for their return to the top flight ends today after a seven-year exile in the Championship. Aitor Karanka's men earned promotion on the final day of last season, earning a point against Brighton & Hove Albion to seal the second automatic promotion place.
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      Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League opening-day clash between Middlesbrough and Stoke City at the Riverside Stadium.
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      We're underway at the Riverside Stadium.
    • 3'
      Given is forced to tip the ball over the bar under pressure from a lofted cross from Friend. He could have gathered under his bar, but seemed uncertain what was around him there.
    • 4'
      Downing sends another long ball into the box, and again Given seems unsure of his handling as he drops it at his feet. Fortunately for the 40-year-old, there is no red shirt around to capitalise.
    • 5'
      Barragan gives a free-kick away for a barge on Diouf, but the Potters knock the ball around the middle of the park instead of sending the ball long into the box. A definite change in philosophy from Stoke under Hughes.
    • 7'
      Bardsley gets put under pressure from a forward run from Friend, and is forced to concede a corner. From the resulting cross from Downing, Gibson rises highest, but can only send his effort over the bar.
    • 8'
      Middlesbrough have started brightly as you would expect, with Downing seeing a lot of the ball on the left flank. However, they are yet to test Given with a shot on target.
    • 10'
      Stoke are looking a little disjointed in attack as Bojan and Diouf have a miscommunication, which annoys the forward and Hughes on the sideline.
    • 11'
      G Álvaro Negredo Assist G. Ramírez
    • 11'
      GOAL!!! Middlesbrough take the lead! Negredo opens his account by bundling the ball home from close range after Ramirez had headed Adomah's cross into the six-yard box. A good strike from the North East side, but questions have to be asked about Stoke's defending.
    • 11'
      Ramirez gets the better of Pieters at the back post to head into the danger zone, allowing Negredo to score.
    • 13'
      Stoke look for the immediate response as Bardsley races down the flank, but Gibson reads the danger from his attempted cross to head clear.
    • 14'
      A chance for the visitors to threaten as Bojan gets brought down by Nsue. Shaqiri stands over the ball ready to delivery.
    • 15'
      The Swiss sends an arcing left-footed cross into the box, but Barragan clears the danger, sending his header out for a corner.
    • 17'
      Wollscheid takes a fresh air swing at a cross from Downing into the box, but there is no red shirt on hand to make him pay for his error. Pieters clears for Bojan who breaks with pace and opts to go for goal himself with an effort from distance, which he hammers well past the post.
    • 18'
      A blow for Boro as De Roon has sustained an injury while attempting to tackle Bojan. He has been forced off and they are now down to 10 men while they wait to make a change.
    • 20'
      Friend faces up to the challenge of Shaqiri down the right flank and the Boro defender wins the ball from the Swiss before raiding upfield.
    • 22'
      SI A. Forshaw SO G. Ramírez
    • 22'
      Forshaw makes his way on to the pitch to replace De Roon.
    • 22'
      Shawcross goes in hard on Ramirez and gets his first booking of the season.
    • 23'
      Arnautovic makes a strong run into the box, although he overruns the ball. Barragan attempts to clear, but can only smash his clearance off the Austrian. The ball almost falls into the path of Diouf, but Downing gets back to sort matters out for the home side.
    • 25'
      Not a great moment for Imbula as after making a good run past Clayton, he decides to pass the ball straight out of play. There was not even a blue shirt within five yards of that pass.
    • 27'
      Ramirez does well inside his own box to beat Diouf to a header from Bojan's cross. Boro have been excellent at the back thus far.
    • 29'
      Nasty challenge by Downing as he catches Bardsley late.
    • 30'
      Ramirez goes get punished for his role in the challenge on Pieters.
    • 30'
      Given gets booked for dissent as he races off his line to make his point to referee Friend after a clash of heads between Pieters and Ramirez.
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      Shaqiri sends an arcing cross towards the penalty spot and Arnautovic rises to head the ball, but he can only get a glancing touch on it, allowing Valdes to make the save. Diouf was free in the box, but the Austrian was not able to pick out his team-mate.
    • 32'
      Another promising move forward from Stoke is brought to abrupt end by the referee as Bardsley is penalised for a challenge on Ramirez. The Potters are still trying to find their rhythm.
    • 34'
      Given almost gets caught by Negredo as he collects Wollscheid's backpass. The Irishman dwelled for too long on the ball and his clearance was almost blocked by the former Manchester City forward.
    • 36'
      OFF THE POST! Ramirez comes within inches of netting a second for the home side as his effort clatters off the post. The midfielder was played in by Clayton and had only Given to beat, but his strike clipped off the frame and went wide.
    • 38'
      Stoke waste a chance to put the ball into the box from a corner as Bojan plays the ball short. Boro keep the pressure on in the wide area forcing the visitors back. Wollscheid eventually pumps a cross long into the area, but Shawcross is penalised for a foul on Barragan.
    • 39'
      Arnautovic takes the ball in stride on the left flank and space opens up for him to strike at goal, but he gets his effort all wrong by sending his shot over the bar.
    • 40'
      OFF THE LINE! Ramirez has made huge contributions at both ends of the pitch as this time he heads Shaqiri's corner off the line. The Swiss' delivery caused havoc for Valdes as he failed to claim at his near post. The ball bounced and appeared to be nestling into the far corner, but Ramirez was there
    • 42'
      Hughes is becoming more animated on the sideline due to his side's struggles in the final third. They have a lot of talent between Shaqiri, Arnautovic and Bojan, but they are yet to click so far this afternoon.
    • 43'
      Adomah's bustling run down the right flank earns his side a corner, but Shawcross stands firm from Downing's first delivery into the box. However, he now has a second chance to put a quality ball into the area.
    • 44'
      Stoke hold firm and then hit the home side on the counter. Arnautovic slides a throughball in for the run of Shaqiri inside the box, and he tries an ambitious effort from a tight angle. His strike goes wide of the post, although he is convinced there was a deflection. Not for referee Friend though a
    • 45'
      There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 46'
      We're back underway at the Riverside Stadium.
    • 47'
      Wollscheid takes an unconvincing first touch and is forced to react quickly to steer the ball back to Given under pressure from Negredo. Not the best of starts for the defender.
    • 48'
      Bardsley catches Adomah late and heads into the book.
    • 50'
      Barragan almost allows Arnautovic through on goal with a loose backpass, but Valdes is out sharply to beat the Austrian to the ball to clear.
    • 52'
      Adomah works the ball nicely with Ramirez on a one-two, but he tries to hard to bustle past Pieters as he concedes a free-kick on the flank.
    • 54'
      Negredo displays his class with a neat turn and touch to find Downing, but the former England man sends his arcing pass over the head of Ramirez on the opposite flank, allowing Stoke to win back possession.
    • 55'
      Diouf makes good progress down the left and whips a cross into the middle, but it goes over the head of every blue shirt. Bardsley gathers 25 yards from goal and lets fly, but Clayton makes an important block to deny his strike.
    • 57'
      Pieters sends a throw into the box and the Boro defence allow the ball to bounce. Arnautovic takes the strike on first time, only to guide his volleyed effort wide of the post.
    • 59'
      Adomah skins Pieters down the flank by nudging the ball through his legs. The winger bursts into the acres of space inside the right channel before sending a low ball into the box. However, he fails to pick out Downing and Negredo, allowing Whelan to hoof the ball clear.
    • 62'
      Shaqiri finds space on the edge of the box and has time to line up a strike. However, he leans back as he fires at goal, sending his shot well over the bar. Not the best effort from the Swiss.
    • 64'
      Stoke are edging their way back into the game and Arnautovic does well inside the box to outmuscle two defenders before cutting the ball on to his right foot. He does everything perfectly in the build-up, but then slices his strike well wide of the target, so much so it hits the corner flag.
    • 65'
      The Potters work the ball well around the box, and earn a free-kick as Clayton catches Arnautovic with his elbow. Shaqiri stands over the ball, waiting to strike at goal.
    • 67'
      G X. Shaqiri Assist G. Ramírez
    • 67'
      GOAL!! Shaqiri strikes from the set-piece to bring Stoke level. The Swiss went for the far corner and beat Valdes with a low strike that clipped the post before nestling into the back of the net. A stunning effort.
    • 69'
      SI J. Walters SO G. Ramírez
    • 69'
      Diouf makes way for Walters for the final 20 minutes of the match.
    • 71'
      Middlesbrough get back into gear with a sublime team move down the left as Ramirez drives forward to feed the run of Negredo. The Spaniard flicks the ball into the path of Downing on the left before racing into the box for the return cross, but Given comes off his line to claim to quell the attack.
    • 72'
      Downing lifts a corner in from the right and Gibson gets above his marker to head towards the net, but angles his effort just over the bar.
    • 74'
      Bardsley sends a cross deep into the box and Walters knocks it back into the feet of Shaqiri. The Swiss takes a nice first touch and then tries an ambitious lob towards the top corner, which sails well over the bar.
    • 76'
      Arnautovic blasts a cross-field pass looking for the run of Shaqiri on the right flank. Friend attempts to cut off the pass and appears to miss it as he drifts past his head and out of play. However, the linesman deems that it did glance the left-back and awards the Potters a corner.
    • 78'
      SI J. Allen SO G. Ramírez
    • 78'
      Allen comes on for his Stoke debut to replace Bojan.
    • 78'
      Stoke work the corner short and Bardsley stands the ball up towards the penalty spot, and although Wollscheid makes contact he can only glance his effort past the post.
    • 80'
      Imbula makes a strong run to the edge of the box before sending the ball wide for Shaqiri. The winger makes a nice move to beat Friend, but then tries to do too much with his surge into the area, allowing Forshaw and the left-back to nudge him out of play.
    • 82'
      The Potters are beginning to turn the screw here as they win a free-kick in a decent position with Walters being brought down by Barragan. Shaqiri sends the ball into the box, but Friend and Negredo do enough to keep Shawcross from making contact.
    • 84'
      Wollscheid may be a tad fortunate to escape a dismissal here as he catches Ramirez with his elbow, sending the Uruguayan to the turf. Kevin Friend didn't see the incident, so he cannot take drastic ation against the Stoke defender.
    • 86'
      Downing sends an inviting ball to the back post for Adomah to attack. Pieters allows the winger in front of him, but the Boro man cannot make contact, resulting in the ball heading out for a goal-kick.
    • 88'
      SI D. Nugent SO G. Ramírez
    • 88'
      Ramirez has had a good afternoon, but now makes way for Nugent.
    • 89'
      Allen breaks away down the right with Arnautovic, while Walters comes across from the left. The Irishman tries to send Allen down the flank, but he gets outmuscled by Friend.
    • 90'
      There will be four minutes of added time.
    • 90'
      CHANCE! Adomah lifts a perfect cross to Downing at the back post to challenge with Bardsley. The former England man wins the header, but can only guide his effort straight at Given.

    Line Up




    Neil Warnock
    northern ireland
    Michael O'Neill



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 18 13
    Yellow Cards 3 5
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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