Middlesbrough managed to come away from the Etihad Stadium with a 1-1 draw against Manchester City after a late equalizer by Marten De Roon.
The newcomers were under siege for most of the game by City who had a vast majority of the possession. The home side took the lead right before halftime through Sergio Aguero who got on the end of a Kevin De Bruyne cross and found a way past Victor Valdes from close range. City kept pushing forward in the second half, but were unable to find a second goal. Instead, De Roon’s goal in stoppage time earned Middlesbrough a point.
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka was very pleased to leave the Etihad Stadium with a draw.
“The first half we went to the pitch with too much respect for Manchester City,” Karanka said.
“The second half we showed we are just not here to defend, and we played in our way.
“I was really pleased with the performance and the goal was amazing.”
Karanka said the point against City was even more enjoyable than the one they got against Arsenal two weeks ago, as City was coming off a win over Barcelona in the Champions League.
“Today was even more difficult than Arsenal,” Karanka said.
“Man City scored in a difficult time for us the last minutes of the first half.
“I am really pleased for the players, who showed once again that we can compete with anyone.”
Middlesbrough sits in 14th place in the Premier League standings with 14 points.