Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Alvaro Negredo scored a brace as goal-shy Middlesbrough got back to winning ways before Christmas with a 3-0 success which sent Swansea deeper into the relegation zone on Saturday.
The Spanish international had netted just three times for the Premier League strugglers, failing to score in 13 of his previous 15 appearances, since his summer signing.
But the 31-year-old forward was on target after 18 minutes at the Riverside off an Adam Clayton cross and 11 minutes later converted Boro’s first penalty of the season after Jordi Amat tripped up Adam Forshaw in the box.
Dutch midfielder Marten de Roon added a third on 58 minutes off a pin-point Gaston Ramirez cross as Boro rallied to just their fourth win since promotion from the Championship.
Middlesbrough moved above champions Leicester to 14th place as Swansea dropped to second-bottom.
The defeat piles more pressure on the Welsh outfit who headed north without Federico Fernandez and Ki Sung-yueng, who were both recovering from toe injuries.
Bob Bradley’s side had gotten off to a bright enough start with Modou Barrow having a cross cut out by Ben Gibson and a Gylfi Sigurdsson shot kept out by Boro keeper Victor Valdes.
Negredo had his first chance in the 10th minute but his effort was cleared by Swans goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
Danish midfielder Viktor Fischer hobbled off for the hosts with a knee problem early but Negredo grabbed the opener when he finished off a Clayton cross with Ramirez almost grabbing a second minutes later from a free-kick after being fouled by Angel Rangel.
Boro doubled their account before the half-hour mark when Amat tripped Forshaw in the box. Negredo made no mistake to ensure the home side ended the first period well in control.
Despite the odds stacked against them Swansea continued to press forward with Sigurdsson firing over the bar and Leroy Fer effort blocked.
But Swansea’s hopes of a late consolation goal were dashed when Valdes saved from Fernando Llorente late, as the visitors slumped to second from bottom ahead of Hull on goal difference.
200+ Channels With Sports & News
- Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
- Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
- Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
- Price: $35/mo. for Sling Blue
- Watch Premier League, World Cup & MLS
- Includes USA, NBC, FOX, FS1 + more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
- Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
- Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
- Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
- Price: $4.99/mo
- Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
- Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
- Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
- Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
- Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
- Sling is your ticket to the best of PSG starring Messi, Neymar and Mbappe
- FIFA officially advances World Cup by a day for Qatar
- Telemundo World Cup studio talent for Qatar announced
- How Paramount+ can improve its soccer streaming
- Sterling could not waste peak years at Man City on the bench
- Africa Super League: What we know and don’t know
- Youri Tielemans to Arsenal more likely with Lokonga loan
- Frankfurt’s Kostic arrives in Turin for Juventus medical
- Elliott signs new long-term Liverpool deal
- Vela, Ruidiaz lift MLS All-Stars to 2-1 win over Liga MX