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Dublin: 11°C Friday 16 April 2021

Manchester City get across the line with 10 men while Everton score three times in the last 20 minutes

The result mean Manchester City now sit in third place in the Premier League.

Image: EMPICS Sport

Pep Guardiola saw his Manchester City side overcome another red card for Fernandinho as they defeated Burnley while a late goal scoring spree saw Everton see off Southampton.

The opener for City came from Gael Clichy before Aguero added a second, proving a point after being left on the bench for the start of the game.

Burnley’s Ben Mee pulled one back in the 70th minute, but City managed to hold out and take the three points, which leaves them 3rd on the table.

Everton netted three goals in the final 20 minutes to beat Southampton at Goodison Park, which puts the Toffees in seventh on the table.

Goals from Enner Valencia and Romelu Lukaku, along with a penalty for Leighton Baines sent the Saints home with nothing to show for the afternoon.

Liverpool and Sunderland played out a 2-2 draw, with Liverpool’s goals coming from Daniel Sturridge and Sadio Mane, and Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe converting two penalties.

West Brom put in a solid second half to beat Hull City 3-1. Robert Snodgrass opened the scoring for Hull, but goals from Christ Brunt, Gareth McAuley and James Morrison meant West Brom got the result in the end.

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough and Leicester City played out a low-key 0-0 Premier League draw at the Riverside Stadium in the early game today  that does little to help either side.

Aitor Karanka and Claudio Ranieri both made five alterations to their teams for their second match in 48 hours, but excitement was in short supply, with neither goalkeeper having a save of note to make as Boro’s Gaston Ramirez fired wide from the only opening of note.

The hosts went into the match having lost four of their last five top-flight games and this draw means they now sit just five points above the bottom three, having played a match more than their relegation rivals.

Champions Leicester are only two points and two places better off as their wait for an away win continues – Monday’s point being only their third from 10 matches on the road this season.

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Boro have now failed to beat Leicester in 14 league attempts, their worst winless run against any team.

Two of Leicester’s five changes combined for the first chance of the match, Christian Fuchs dragging an effort wide after being found by Andy King.

Middlesbrough v Leicester City - Premier League - Riverside Stadium Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri Source: Richard Sellers

Riyad Mahrez smashed a free-kick straight into the Boro wall, while King fired another set-piece opportunity straight at goalkeeper Brad Guzan, making his third league start of the campaign due to Victor Valdes’ injury.

Adama Traore had a penalty claim rejected by referee Robert Madley after going down under Robert Huth’s challenge at the other end, before the lively winger’s run and cross led to Marten de Roon firing over.

Leicester saw Mahrez test Guzan with a long-range strike as an uninspiring first half drew to a close, while Ben Gibson’s effort immediately after the break saw Kasper Schmeichel worked for the first time.

George Friend – on for the injured Antonio Barragan – rushed his shot and fired wide after a weaving run into the visitors’ penalty area as Boro briefly improved.

Leonardo Ulloa headed Fuchs’ corner into the arms of Guzan but Leicester were not offering much attacking threat, prompting Ranieri to bring on Ahmed Musa and Demarai Gray for Mahrez and Shinji Okazaki.

Middlesbrough v Leicester City - Premier League - Riverside Stadium Leonardo Ulloa is denied by Brad Guzan Source: Richard Sellers

But it was Boro who created the game’s best chance in the closing stages when Fabio’s cross from the right was poorly cleared by Wes Morgan and Ramirez lashed his left-footed shot wide from a presentable opening.

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