Boro edge Sun­der­land in derby

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CRISTHIAN STU­ANI scored twice on his Premier League de­but as Middlesbrough beat Sun­der­land in the first Wear-Tees league derby in seven and a half years.

Al­varo Ne­gredo redo as­sisted both goals, with Stu­ani’s opener a bril­liant ant 25-yard ef­fort into the top cor­ner.

The Spa­niard d then un­selfishly squared to Stu­ani for their se­cond.

The Black Cats im­proved in the se­cond half and Pa­trick van Aan­holt an­holt gave them hope when he turned home af­ter Bradrad Guzan par­ried Dun­can Wat­more’s shot.

David Moyes’es’ side had been booed off af­ter a first half which saw w them fail to test Boro debu­tant Guzan, re­plac­ing the in­jured­njured Vic­tor Valdes.

But af­ter a se­cond-half re­vival, they al­most had a draw when Guzan uzan fum­bled an­other shot, but Don­ald Love turned the he re­bound wide.

Middlesbrough’s ugh’s sum­mer sign­ing of Ne­gredo on loan, only y a year af­ter Va­len­cia paid £21.25m for the striker from Manch­ester City, caused some sur­prise.

A haul of five goals in La Liga last sea­sonon meant his £100,000-a-week0-a-week wages would be a gam­ble for newly pro­moted Boro.

But a goal on his de­but against Stoke was fol­lowed by an­other key per­for­mance. He set up the opener for Stu­ani, although the goal was very much of the Uruguayan’s own mak­ing as he smashed home from dis­tance.

Ne­gredo only as­sisted three goals in 40 games for Va­len­cia last sea­son, but had h i s se­cond of the day when he could have gone alone. The 31-year-old Spain striker had space to shoot but in­stead, with goal­keeper Vito Man­none braced to at­tempt a save, Ne­gredo rolled it across to Stu­ani to fire home.

Sun­der­land boss Moyes de­cided to st start with Paddy Mc­Nair, usu­ally a de­fender, in mid­field along­side Jack Rod­well. And when they needed a ta tac­ti­cal reshuf­fle fol­low­ing an in­jury to cen­tre-back John O’Shea, it was Rod­well, rather than Mc­Nair who dr dropped back to de­fence.

But when Moyes scrapped that ex­per­i­ment­expe at half­time time and re­placed Mc­Nair with midfi mid­fielder Jere­main Lens, they made a game of it.

Af­ter the break they had more shot shots (14-3), more pos­ses­sion and more passes - hav­ing beenb be­hind on all of those counts in the first half.

But with 34-year-old debu­tant Stev Steven Pien­aar the only Sun­der­land player other than Jer Jermain De­foe to have more than 10 Premier Leagu League goals in his ca­reer, they rarely looked like scor­ing - with the ex­cep­tion of Van Aan Aan­holt’s goal. —

BBC Sport

Cristhian Stu­ani

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