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Apr 26, 2017 at 7.45pm UK at ​Riverside Stadium
Attendance: 30,742
Middlesbrough
1-0
Sunderland
FT

Result: Marten de Roon gives Middlesbrough slim survival hope with first win of 2017

Marten de Roon strikes early on to earn Middlesbrough a 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough have moved to within six points of safety and pushed North-East rivals Sunderland closer to the Premier League drop, courtesy of a 1-0 victory in this evening's meeting at the Riverside Stadium.

The only goal of the game came eight minutes in through a Marten de Roon strike, giving the Smoggies their first league victory of 2017 - the final side in Europe's five major leagues to get off the mark.

Boro now have the slimmest of hopes of avoiding the drop heading into a tough final run of four games, beginning with the visit of Manchester City at the weekend, while Sunderland can surely prepare for life in the second tier - 12 points the margin to make up with just one game in hand left to play.

Marten de Roon celebrates scoring during the Premier League game between Middlesbrough and Sunderland on April 26, 2017© SilverHub

The hosts found a way through from their first attempt of the match, after Jermaine Defoe had earlier blasted right at Brad Guzan at the other end, as De Roon slipped Adam Clayton's fine ball past Jordan Pickford.

Boro are the lowest home scorers in the top flight, netting just 13 times on Teesside prior to this evening, but they were soon in search of a second and nearly found it as Stewart Downing forced another save out of Pickford.

There was a strong applause around the Riverside in the 44th minute for former Boro defender Ugo Ehiogu, who passed away last week after suffering a cardiac arrest on duty with Tottenham Hotspur's Under-23s side.

Steve Agnew and David Moyes on the touchline during the Premier League game between Middlesbrough and Sunderland on April 26, 2017© SilverHub

On the field, Didier N'Dong came close to getting his side level prior to the break, being denied by a Guzan stop from distance, and the American also had to be alert to palm away a Wahbi Khazri free kick.

That was as close as the Black Cats came to drawing level, however, failing to create any other clear-cut openings and falling to a likely fatal defeat that leaves them nine without a win and on the brink of relegation.

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Jermain Defoe of Sunderland leaves the pitch with the match ball after scoring a hat-trick during the Capital One Cup Second Round match between Sunderland and Exeter City at Stadium of Light on August 25, 2015 in Sunderland, England.
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2Middlesbrough178721981131
3Leeds UnitedLeeds1786329171230
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd179352719830
5West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1784537251228
6Derby CountyDerby178452520528
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11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham CityBirmingham175932320324
13Bristol City176472019122
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15Brentford175662723421
16Wigan AthleticWigan176291926-720
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds175572130-920
18Preston North EndPreston174672630-418
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham174671423-918
20Reading174492429-516
21Millwall174492229-716
22Hull City174491624-816
23Bolton WanderersBolton174491123-1216
24Ipswich TownIpswich171881428-1411

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