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Assombalonga reaches ton as Boro draw

Kasey Palmer scored the opener for the Robins, before a Taylor Moore own-goal and the milestone strike from Britt Assombalonga set up Tommy Rowe to score a late equaliser

Last Updated: 31/08/19 2:47pm

2:15 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Middlesbrough

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Middlesbrough

Britt Assombalonga scored his 100th goal in the EFL as Middlesbrough held high-flying Bristol City to an entertaining 2-2 draw at Ashton Gate on Saturday lunchtime.

Kasey Palmer headed the Robins in front a minute before the break (44), when he steered home Niclas Eliasson's cross following some stellar tenacity from the Swede on the left flank.

An unfortunate own-goal from Taylor Moore levelled the game (64) as momentum swayed in Boro's favour after the break, before Assombalonga - who appeared offside in the build-up - reached his milestone.

But the versatile Tommy Rowe ensured Lee Johnson's men earned a point late on, when he stooped to place Callum O'Dowda's cross beyond Darren Randolph and lift them to fourth in the Championship standings.

How Bristol City were denied a fourth win on the spin

With Boro's new front-foot approach and Bristol City's desire to challenge for promotion again, the game was incredibly open from the first whistle and the woodwork was struck for the first time inside 15 minutes.

Paddy McNair hit a dipping cross to the near post, where Ashley Fletcher was waiting, with an outstretched leg, to pounce. The effort beat Daniel Bentley, but the visitors were denied by the base of the post.

A brave header from Nathan Baker also ricocheted off the woodwork at the other end, though as he had in that instance, Eliasson provided a sublime assist for the deadlock-breaker. He twisted-and-turned past McNair, standing the ball up for ex-Chelsea man Palmer to head home.

Lee Johnson made three changes to the side that beat Hull last time out, with Niclas Eliasson, Jack Hunt and Kasey Palmer replacing Pedro Pereira, Tomas Kalas and Famara Diedhiou.

Similarly, Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate made four changes of his own following last weekend's 1-1 draw with Millwall. Anfernee Dijksteel started ahead of Jonny Howson at right-back, while Dael Fry, Lewis Wing and Marvin Johnson replaced Dani Ayala, George Saville and Marcus Browne.

Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate looked downbeat in the wake of the opener, but just after the hour mark, the glum look disappeared as Moore's inadvertent touch took McNair's cross beyond his own goalkeeper to haul his side back on level terms.

There was a hint of offside when Assombalonga latched onto a long ball forward and tucked a shot past Bentley four minutes later, but justice was served with nine minutes to play when Rowe - who had moved forward from left-back to central midfield - intuitively stooped to head the timely equaliser.

What's next?

Both sides are next in action on Saturday 14 September, following the first international break of the season. Bristol City travel to Stoke, while Middlesbrough host Reading at the Riverside Stadium.


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Internationals: Little scores five for Scotland

Six of our stars were in international action on Friday night. Read on to find out how they fared:

Kim Little helped Scotland kick-off their Euro 2021 qualifying campaign in style as she scored five goals in an 8-0 win over Cyprus.

Jen Beattie and Lisa Evans also started the fixture, with the latter assisting Claire Emslie’s opener in the 11th minute. Little then went on to score twice in the first half, before scoring three in quick succession after the break.

Jane Ross and Caroline Weir were also on the scoresheet.

Vivianne Miedema, Danielle van de Donk and Jill Roord helped Netherlands to victory in their opening Euro 2021 qualifier, as they ran out comfortable 7-0 winners over Estonia.

All three of our stars were named in the starting XI, with Miedema striking twice and Roord scoring once.

Miedema opened the scoring in the 27th minute, before Roord and Spitse ensured Netherlands were leading by three goals at the break. Spitse scored once more shortly after the restart and this was followed by Miedema’s second of the evening. 

Former Gunner Dominique Bloodworth and Ellen Jansen completed the scoring in the closing 10 minutes.

Beth Mead was on target for the Lionesses in a friendly against Belgium on Thursday night - but she was unable to prevent them from slipping to a 3-3 draw.

Jodie Taylor handed England the lead with a dinked finish over Nicky Evrard, and less than five minutes later they were leading by two, as Mead pounced on a loose ball and fired into an empty net from close range. 

A defensive collapse saw Phil Neville’s side concede three goals in the space of 20 minutes - but thankfully Nikita Parris converted a late penalty to salvage a draw for the Lionesses. Leah Williamson featured as a late second-half substitute.

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Arsenal: Nacho Monreal joins Real Sociedad as Mohamed Elneny agrees Besiktas loan

Nacho Monreal won the FA Cup thee times after joining Arsenal in January 2013

Nacho Monreal has left Arsenal to sign a two-year deal with La Liga side Real Sociedad while Mohamed Elneny has joined Besiktas on a season-long loan.

Monreal, 33, started Arsenal's first three games of the season and captained the team against Burnley.

The Spain international played 250 Arsenal games, scoring 10 goals, after joining from Malaga in January 2013.

Egyptian midfielder Elneny, 27, made 89 appearances after arriving from Basel in January 2016.

Manager Unai Emery said on Thursday that Monreal could leave the Gunners before the European transfer windows shut.

The left-back won three FA Cups during his time with Arsenal and helped them reach last season's Europa League final.

He made his international debut in 2009, has won 22 caps and was a member of Spain's 2018 World Cup squad.

Arsenal signed Kieran Tierney, 22, as his long-term replacement this month.

The former Celtic left-back is yet to make his Gunners debut and is not fit enough to be considered for Sunday's north London derby against Tottenham.


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Monreal joins Real Sociedad

Nacho Monreal has joined La Liga side Real Sociedad in a permanent deal.

The Spanish left back joined us from Malaga in January 2013 and made 251 appearances, scoring 10 goals.
 
During his time with us, Nacho played in his natural left-back position and also in central defence. He won three FA Cups, three Community Shields and played a big part in our run to the Europa League final last season.
 
A full international since 2009, Nacho was part of the Spain squad at the 2018 World Cup. He’s made 22 appearances for his country.
 
We would like to thank Nacho for his contribution to the club and everyone at Arsenal wishes him the best for his future.
 
The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

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Match report: Derby County 2-2 Arsenal U-23s

WHAT HAPPENED 

Our under-23s sealed a late comeback as they fought back from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw with Derby County at Pride Park.

Mazeed Ogungbo made his first ever start at under-23 level, filling in for the injured Tolaji Bola, while Tyreece John-Jules was tasked with leading the line, one week on from that stunning backheel volley at Emirates Stadium.

It was a quiet first half with little to separate the two sides, but on the stroke of half-time, Derby County took the lead through Chris Martin, who fired a free-kick over the wall and into the top corner from just outside the area. 

This sparked a reaction from our youngsters, as they went on to dominate the opening exchanges of the second half. First, Emile Smith Rowe’s low drive was blocked at the end of a sweeping counter-attack, before Trae Coyle came within an inch of scoring a goal of the season contender from 25 yards.

Things went from bad to worse when the Rams doubled their advantage on the hour mark through Alex Babos - but less than 10 minutes later we pulled one back, as Robbie Burton curled the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. 

Miguel Azeez and Folarin Balogun then went on to make an instant impact off the bench, with the latter pouncing on an underhit backpass to score his fourth goal of the season - and secure a valuable point on the road. 

WHAT IT MEANS 

PL2 table

WHAT’S NEXT 

Our next PL2 outing is against Leicester City on Saturday, September 14.

The game will take place at Emirates Stadium with kick-off at 12.30pm (UK time).

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