Sunday 11 May 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Afonso Alves scored a hat-trick as Middlesbrough thrashed Manchester City in an extraordinary end to the Barclays Premier League season at the Riverside Stadium.
Man City had Richard Dunne sent off early on and were 2-0 down at the break before six Boro goals in the second half, including three in the last 10 minutes, completed the rout.
There was nothing on the match with Middlesbrough starting the day in 14th place – five spots behind their visitors – although neither side was in great form.
Boro’s defeat of Portsmouth in their previous fixture was their first victory in six outings while City had only won two of their previous seven matches.
The drama started in the 15th minute when Dunne was shown a straight red card for fouling Tuncay inside the penalty area and Stewart Downing converted the resulting spot-kick to put Middlesbrough ahead with his eighth Premier League goal of the season.
Man City keeper Andreas Isaksson was a busy man and saved from Alves, but the Brazilian was not to be denied in the 37th minute when he scored after a pass from Fabio Rochemback.
The goals really started flowing after half-time with Downing making it 3-0 with a fantastic volley in the 58th minute and Alves racing clear to score the fourth goal two minutes later.
Substitute Adam Johnson made it five in the 70th minute when his shot diverted in off defender Michael Ball and Rochemback scored a spectacular long-range free-kick 10 minutes later.
Jeremie Aliadiere, another substitute, drove the ball into the far corner in the 85th minute to make it 7-0 before City grabbed a consolation two minutes later through Elano.
Alves completed his hat-trick late on, and doubled his goal tally for the season, when he was left unmarked to beat Isaksson.
The result almost matched Boro’s biggest-ever league victory of 9-0 against Brighton and Hove Albion in 1958 and was close to Man City’s worst league defeat of 9-1 against Everton in 1906.
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate said: “It was a great performance to say goodbye to our fans. City had a massive uphill task once Richard Dunne had been sent off.”