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Boro boss Agnew fumes at Man City penalty award

Middlesbrough 2 Man City 2

By Mark Staniforth

Middlesbrough interim boss Steve Agnew criticised the controversial penalty decision against Manchester City which left his side's Premier League survival hopes hanging by a thread.

Boro were 1-0 up at the Riverside Stadium through Alvaro Negredo's early strike when referee Kevin Friend pointed to the spot after Marten de Roon collided with City substitute Leroy Sane in the box. Sergio Aguero made no mistake from the spot, converting in the 69th minute.

Calum Chambers put Boro back in front only for the returning Gabriel Jesus to salvage a late point for the visitors in a 2-2 draw.

Agnew said: "I thought (Sane) went down very, very easily - and looking at the referee's position, was he in the correct position to give it (the penalty)?

"From the video I've seen it looked like he didn't have a clear view and I think when you give them, you've got to be 100% certain."

City boss Pep Guardiola shrugged off questions about the penalty controversy and instead focused on the fitness of Aguero, who limped off.

Guardiola revealed Aguero will undergo tests today to determine the extent of the injury.

"We will see but I think he has got a leg injury," he said. But I don't know, we will make the assessment."

City next face three consecutive home games against Crystal Palace, Leicester and West Brom - which Guardiola believes will determine his side's Euro fate.

He added: "Now we have three games at home and those three games will decide whether we deserve next season to be in the Champions League or not.

"Today it was in our hands to fight for the third position and we have dropped that position. Now we have got to win games and make some good results at home."

Middlesborough: Guzan, Da Silva, Chambers, Gibson, Friend, de Roon, Clayton, Forshaw, Stuani (Traore, 73 mins), Negredo (Gestede, 82 mins), Downing.

Unused subs: Konstantopoulos, Bernardo, Fischer, Barragan, Bamford.

Man City: Caballero, Otamendi, Kompany, Kolarov, Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Garcia (Sane, 50 mins), Clichy (Sterling, 50 mins), De Bruyne, Aguero (Nolito, 90 mins), Gabriel Jesus. Unused subs: Sagna, Zabaleta, Fernando, Gunn.

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