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Sunday 14 April 2013

On this day: Middlesbrough's shock win hands Man Utd title

In our series looking at Premier League history, a match that decided the 2000/01 title

  • Christopher Karembeu kisses Dean Windass's boot after his shot was deflected in by Edu

  • David Seaman then conceded a second own goal, this time from Sylvinho

  • Highbury was stunned by the defeat in a match Arsenal had dominated

  • Middlesbrough fans cared not a jot as they celebrated a rare win at Highbury

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 14 April 2001 Arsenal 0-3 Middlesbrough

Manchester United won their seventh Barclays Premier League title in nine years when lowly Middlesbrough shocked second-placed Arsenal at Highbury.

Arsenal dominated the match but were the architects of their own downfall as own goals from Brazilians Edu and Sylvinho gave Terry Venables’ team a 2-0 half-time lead.

Arsene Wenger’s side continued to dominate after the break but could find no way past Mark Schwarzer and the result was sealed when Hamilton Ricard scored a third for Middlesbrough after exchanging passes with Alen Boksic.

The defeat for Arsenal combined with Manchester United’s 4-2 win over Coventry City meant that Sir Alex Ferguson’s men could not be caught, with a 16-point lead and five matches remaining.

For Middlesbrough the three points lifted them to 16th, a position from which they safely negotiated a passage to safety in the division.

“We had a bit of good fortune but it is nice to have that now and again, but we played well and defended well,” said Boro head coach Terry Venables.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A piece of action from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember a shock Middlesbrough win over Arsenal that handed the title to Man Utd